A sexy noir-thriller based on Gil Brewer's 1963 pulp novel Wild to Possess.



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Complete credited cast:
Lewis 'Lew' Brookbank
Rita Caswell
Isobel Delano
Ralph Hagen
Herbert Claremont / Clarkson
Florence DeCroix Hagen
Roxana Zal ...
Janice Brookbank
Christian Mills ...
Bruce Hildred
Jason Sutliff ...
Al Israel ...
Marc Allen Lewis ...


Attractive, hard-working Lewis 'Lew' Brookbank's love - and professional life came crumbling down after he found his adulterous wife Janice and her lover Dick murdered on a yacht. He moved to a derelict gas station in Carpenteria, where he paints commercial signs. Lew accidentally overhears a couple making love in their car and planning the kidnapping and murder of the man's wife. Lew manages to track them down: jewelry manager Ralph Hagen and antiques shop clerk Isobel Delano. Lew confides in present lover Rita Caswell, needing help with the sinister Herbert Claremont while he plans to blackmail the kidnappers. More complications follow. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some strong sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3-Way  »

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About 55 min in, the kidnapped lady's mask, which had smiley face eyes showing, suddenly has no eyes showing...later eyes reappear. See more »


[last lines]
Lewis 'Lew' Brookbank: [narrating] Rita got us a new start... and a million dollars
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Three levels of crime in noir tale of kidnapping
22 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Three Way" is a b-movie neo-noir. The plot is good, weaving each sub-plot together. We see each character realistically responding to the actions of others who are similarly reacting to what information they have. This gets quite complex, rather like juggling, and all the loose ends are not explained. Still, it's handled reasonably well. I liked the story despite these gaps or lapses.

Three way possibly refers to the three main levels of crime in the story. The root crime is a kidnapping. Desmond Harrington and Ali Larter plan to kidnap Harrington's wife (Gina Gershon) for $1 million, then kill her. Dominic Purcell overhears this and, with the help of his girl friend Joy Bryant, plans to intervene and get the money for himself and Bryant. That's level two. Level three is that Dwight Yoakam is pressuring Purcell for another reason having to do with the death of Yoakam's former wife and lover, Yoakam's brother. The bodies were not recovered and Yoakam needs them for insurance purposes and thinks Purcell knows where they are. Yoakam sees that Purcell and Bryant are up to no good. These three levels make for a great deal of action and reaction, or twists as the plans of each person meet with obstacles and frustrations.

This is not an erotic thriller, although there are relatively unrevealing sex scenes in it. This is not soft porn. The three way title doesn't refer to sex. Again, this film is simply a crime noir.

How well is it done? I'd say it's decent enough for a movie production of this kind, one that has no major stars, but it's no great shakes. The directing and acting are nothing to write home about.

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