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Three Way (2004)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Rita Caswell
Ralph Hagen
Herbert Claremont / Clarkson
Florence DeCroix Hagen
Janice Brookbank
Christian Mills ...
Bruce Hildred
Jason Sutliff ...
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

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

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Release Date:

29 June 2004 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last film by Al Israel before his death in 2011. See more »


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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Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »


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So, what does the title have to do with the movie?
22 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

I had never heard of Three Way, but when I was at Hollywood Video, I noticed the film and saw that Gina Gershon was in it. I like her, so I decided to go ahead and pick up the film; so I watched it last night and I was really disappointed. First off, Gina was in the movie for barely 5 minutes, the plot had potential, but most of the actors ruined the movie for me, I mean, absolutely none of the characters were at all likable. The main character, Lew, wasn't even a cool anti-hero, he just seemed to complain too much. The film wasn't very well shot and it just seemed like it was more of a chore and a movie that most of the cast and crew just wanted to get through. I also do not mind sex in a movie, but some of the sex scenes were just plain unnecessary and didn't add anything to the supposed story.

Lew is a guy who just complains so much of how badly life is treating him, his wife has been murdered and he got rid of her body with her lover's as well, instead of going to the police. But he's moved on, has a new girlfriend, and they are both in debt. One night he over hears a couple plotting to kidnap a woman who has a rich family. The couple has been having an affair, and it turns out that the guy is kidnapping his wife and is expecting a million dollars, but Lew wants that money and has other plans in mind for them.

Three Way isn't the worst film I saw, the beginning of the film wasn't so bad, it had enough potential, but there were things that were left unexplained. Like we see Lew go onto the boat where his wife and her lover were killed, he has a gun, was he intending to kill them or scare them or what? The scene between Lew and Florence where she was trying to seduce him didn't make much sense, I know what it was, I got the scene, but the whole story of that wasn't needed. I just think that the film could've been made better, or at least had a better cast, Gina's talent was very much wasted on this stupid film.


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