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Three the Hard Way (1974)

Blaxploitation film about three martial-arts specialists who prevent white supremacists from tainting the U.S. water supply with a toxin that's only harmful to black people.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Robinson ...
Monroe Feather
Charles McGregor ...
Richard Angarola ...
Dr. Fortrero
David Chow ...
Junero Jennings ...
Lt. Di Nisco
Renie Radich ...
Janice Carroll ...


The story involves a white supremist plot to taint the United States water supply with a toxin that is harmless to whites but lethal to blacks. The only obstacles that stand in the way of this dastardly plan are Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly, who shoot, kick and karate chop their way to final victory. Written by <gilesw@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes the ONLY way to get it done is the HARD WAY! See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les démolisseurs  »


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,275,072, 15 July 1974
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1.85 : 1
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Eight years after this film was released, Fred Williamson Produced, Directed and Wrote, One Down Two Go, which reunited him with his co-stars on this film, Jim Brown and Jim Kelly along with Richard Roundtree as the major addition to that film. Williamson conceived the idea of doing a sequel again after there was a break in his schedule between the filming of The Big Score and Vigilante. The funding for the film, the film crew, New York locations and actors all came together very quickly and would film for about a month. Years after the film was made, Williamson considers One Down Two To Go as a true sequel to Three The Hard Way. See more »


When Mister Keyes fights the corrupt police officers, his shoes go from brown boots to brown basketball shoes and back between shots. See more »


Referenced in Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio (2008) See more »


Three the Hard Way
Music by Richard Tufo
Lyrics by Lowrell Simon
Performed by The Impressions (as Impressions)
Courtesy of Buddah and Curtom Records
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Three for the price of one
3 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

A group of neo-Nazis plot to poison the water supply of three major American cities with a chemical that will wipe out the black population. Enter Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Jim Kelly. This trio of badasses get on the case and immediately start kicking Nazi butt.

Three the Hard Way is an action-packed blaxploitation flick that's main selling point seems to be the inclusion of three big stars of the genre in one movie. The trio of leads are all good value too, especially Jim Kelly and his kung fu fighting. The plot-line itself is fairly basic but it does allow for a set-up where the three inner-city black heroes can take on The Man and outwit him at every stage. There is a huge body-count as Nazi after Nazi is gunned down, blown up or kicked into oblivion. Once the three friends hook up it's basically a non-stop barrage of action. We also have a trio of inter-racial colour co-ordinated topless motorcycle dominatrixes who interrogate one Nazi with methods we can only imagine.

This is a fun film full of action and three charismatic leads. For blaxploitation fans I would think this is a must.

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