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3 Needles -- This intense social drama from writer-director Thom Fitzgerald chronicles the spread of AIDS on three continents.
3 Needles -- Where Despair Prevails, Hope Lives.


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A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor (Ashmore) schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun (Sevigny) makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village; in rural China, a black market operative (Liu) posing as a goverment-sanctioned blood drawer jeopardizes an entire village's safety. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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It will sting, but it is worth it. See more (18 total) »


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Mabel Adams ... Nahmnru, the African Grandmother
Asckt ... Tea Picker

Shawn Ashmore ... Denys, the Porn Actor
Caroline Aspirot ... Stripper
Nontombi Bovana ... Grandchild
Rob Burns ... Broker

Stockard Channing ... Olive Cowie, the Porn Actor's Mother

Chin Han ... Soldier Xuan
Tanabadee Chokpikultong ... Tong Sam, the Rice Farmer
Yotaka Cheukaew ... Qi, the Rice Farmer's Daughter (as Yotaka Chorkreaw)
Eric Codana ... Abakeweta
Catherine Colvey ... Clara the Novice's Mother (scenes deleted)
Kathryn Costello ... Tourist

Steven Crowder ... Depanneur Manager
Douglas Cwaba ... Hermit
Isabelle Cyr ... Canadian Health Care Worker
Wentahawi Dionne-Elijah ... Native Porn Actress

Olympia Dukakis ... Hilde the Missionary Nun
Noloyiso Dusubana ... Newborn Baby

Gary Farmer ... Winker at Support Group
Thierry Fargeau ... Porn Cinematographer
Jessie Gabe ... Waitress at Diner

Simone-Élise Girard ... Waitress Who Serves the Porn Actor
Isabelle Guérard ... Goth Girl (scenes deleted)
Aliswa Guili ... Zhara the Eldest Granddaughter
Philisande Guili ... Grandchild
Noma-Oleji Guili ... Grandchild
Thantokazi Guili ... Klipikwela, Raped Grandchild
Roz Grewar ... Pool Table Slut (scenes deleted)
Mbutuma Gubo ... Traditional Surgeon

Tyson Hall ... Rapist
Alwyn van den Heever ... Isaac the Missionary
John Ho ... Tour Bus Guide
Bryan Hofbauer ... TJ the Missionary
Christine Jacobson ... Tourist
Karen Jacobson ... Tourist
Christine Jacobsen ... Tourist
Clinton Jolobe ... Rapist
Lewis Kollar ... Missionary
Roc LaFortune ... Porn Director (as Roc Lafortune)
Veronique LaPointe ... Stripper (as Veronique Lapointe)
Pierre Leblanc ... Eggs Benny Guy (as Pierre LeBlanc)

Sook-Yin Lee ... Tong Xiu, the Rice Farmer's Wife
Kaew Lipiwongwatanakiu ... Doctor
Cecilia Che Liu ... Hospital Receptionist (as Cecilia Cho Liu)

Lucy Liu ... Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler
S.S. Liwdani ... Policing
Doug Maclean ... Erotic Boom Operator (as Doug MacLean)
Linda Madaza ... Policing
Curtis Maninjwa ... Hallyday's Driver
Pearl Matott ... Matron
Lawrence Maxongo ... Angry Father
Nkuleko Mauimbeni ... Abakeweta
Tembaukosi Mbadu ... Sivuyile, Who Is Baptised in the River
Anele Mbangata ... Abakeweta
Siv Mbelu ... Bongile
Gregoriane Minot Payeur ... Spunky Chin (as Grégoriane Minot)
William Mtakati ... Father Dahmnu
Kolekile Ngilana ... Abakeweta
Lolly Ngxola ... Huku's Bride
Velephi Njiva ... Patient
Nomgavoa Nomachule ... Hallyday's Domestic
Nancy Nomankantsu ... Mounhera, the Pregnant African Woman
Dotor Ntlangenisela ... Iggirha

Sandra Oh ... Mary the Nun
Aubert Pallascio ... Herold, the Porn Actor's Father
Suwimon Petcharayutporn ... National Representative (as Suwimon Petcharayayutporn)
Koson Peungsiri ... Houng, the Rice Farmer's Neighbour
Gog Prisatien ... Man Who Sells Bike
Judith A. Richard ... Stripper (as Judith Richard)
Ian Roberts ... Hallyday, the Plantation Owner
Richard Robitaille ... Insurer
Witchai Saeli ... Guard
Supanat Sasipongpana ... Harry, the Blood Smuggler's Son

Chloë Sevigny ... Clara the Novice
Orlando Sebeni ... Undilewe, the Grandson
Anele Solwandle ... Huku
Linda Smith ... Lonely Housewife
Ian Sternthal ... Bug Chaser
Suthep Tangtaweesukho ... Herbalist
Chaiyaporn Torphorn ... The I.V. Man (as Chaiyaporn Torpon)

Marc Trottier ... Firefighter
Madodandile Tsheleni ... Abakeweta
Akarin Tungboriboonkit ... Provincial Representative
Aroon Wanatsabadeewong ... Zao Hao, the Blood Collector
Glen Dudley Watt ... Missionary
Peerawat Yanoo ... Lab Tech
Micheline Beaulieu
Gilles Bernard
Jocelyne Bienvenue
Chantal Boivin
Marcel Bréard
Jean Campos
Francis Ciara
Maxine Croteau
Phillippe Darren
Serge Dauphin
Mary Dbl
Andrew Dent
Normand Depelteau
David Johnston
Karl Lebak
Karleen Lebak
Pierre Masson
Katia Minarikova
Tommy Pépin
Dave Picard
Dominique Rankin
Daniel Riccio
Francine Trudel
Sébastien Valade
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cory Bowles ... Amos (uncredited)

Directed by
Thom Fitzgerald 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thom Fitzgerald 

Produced by
Mark Bennett .... associate producer
Thom Fitzgerald .... producer
Robert A. Flutie .... consulting producer
Michael Gleissner .... executive producer
Bryan Hofbauer .... producer
Brad Horvath .... associate producer
Vicki McCarty .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Trevor Morris 
Cinematography by
Tom Harting (director of photography) (as Thomas M. Harting)
Film Editing by
Susan Shanks 
Casting by
Mark Bennett 
Production Design by
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat 
Art Direction by
Janni Van Staden 
Set Decoration by
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat 
Costume Design by
James A. Worthen 
Makeup Department
Maria Hofmeyr .... makeup artist (as Maria Hofmeyer)
Production Management
Marc Almon .... production supervisor
Pierre Laberge .... production manager
Matthew Lubetich .... executive in charge of production
Laurette Marais .... unit production manager
Mutita Na Songkla .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marielou Bélisle-Pierre .... second assistant director
Sompot Chidgasornpongse .... second assistant director
Amanda Law .... second assistant director
Jason Shipley .... first assistant director
Alwyn van den Heever .... assistant director
Art Department
Laura MacNutt .... set decorator: Halifax
Andy Miller .... property master
Victor R. Sypersek .... art director: Halifax
Sound Department
Scott Donald .... adr editor
Philippe Espantoso .... sound re-recording mixer
David Gertsman .... sound effects editor
Steven Gurman .... sound
David Ho .... adr mixer
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr .... production sound (as Akrit Chaya-ngam)
Francois Maurice .... dialogue editor
Francois Maurice .... sound editor
Max Tersch .... sound utility
Sirapob Tungkasaeranee .... boom operator
Narathip Tungkaseranee .... boom operator
Frank Verderosa .... adr recordist
Frank Verderosa .... sound recording engineer
Visual Effects by
Stevie Ramone .... digital compositor
Robin Trickett .... visual effects coordinator
Mark Tureski .... film scanning and recording
Camera and Electrical Department
Thierry Fargeau .... assistant camera
Jason Ball .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju .... casting: Thailand
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Hofmeyr .... wardrobe (as Maria Hofmeyer)
Victoria Rockwell .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Rob Tough .... assistant editor
Location Management
Mélanie Côté .... location manager
Sudkamol Tangtham .... location manager: Thailand
Apiradee 'Joy' Thongprachan .... location assistant
Music Department
Scott Brion .... music supervisor
Todd Haberman .... composer: additional music
Nathan Wiley .... soundtrack
Other crew
Tongsuk Apiruksub .... production accoutant: Thai
Tarryn Greybè .... pre-production coordinator
Jim Hoffman .... production executive
James Milligan .... production accountant
David Roberson .... publicist
Scottpatrick J. Sellitto .... international director marketing and publicity
Harley Bauer .... special thanks
Chris Roland .... special thanks

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USA:127 min | Canada:123 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Canada:125 min (DVD) | Argentina:127 min
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The pig pen at the monastery location quickly became the cast and crew "facilities" when it was realized just how much a climb up the hill it was to the porta facilities.See more »
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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
It will sting, but it is worth it., 19 March 2006
Author: Daniel from Brooklyn, NY

There is a lot of sadness in this film artfully rendered, and a measure of grace too, which feels hard-earned. The writer-director Thom Fitzgerald, at the NY screening, said that the reality he encountered while researching it was probably even worse than he could bear to show. (Amazingly, the renowned Dr. David Ho was also present at the screening, which added another hopeful touch: HIV/AIDS progress is being made but, as the film shows, funding and education are still lacking in poor countries, and attitudes are often still messed up in rich ones.) There is a didactic purpose in 3 Needles, but fortunately Fitzgerald has the storytelling skills and the director's talent to bear the load. You may not buy everything in it, and you may be angry at him for some of the tough images and choices, but the human emotion and pain, the weakness and strength are gripping and undeniable. And many of the secondary observations, about characters and place, feel sharp and well-observed.

The prologue is a perfect example of a warm, vibrant image giving way to a shocking one: Teenage boys of an African tribe cover their bodies with a pale paste, un-self-consciously helping each other, though they are naked. It is an ancient ritual and they appear eager, joking around but purposeful. Later they are to be circumcised, the passageway into becoming men. The image of the knife, for reasons which will be instantly clear, is uniquely jolting. Surprisingly the movie manages to sustain the intensity, asking questions while shining a light on different corners of the world.

The acting and cinematography are uniformly good, the latter especially considering the low budget. Most of the South Africans were non-actors, including tribespeople who had never even seen a film. Fitzgerald called this version "the director's cut" since his Canadian distributor previously showed a much different version which cut several scenes, and jumbled the stories together. This might have made sense in another movie, but with the stories on 3 different continents, this version, with each played discretely, seemed much better. Also, Fitzgerald said he shot a 4th scenario which he cut, probably for length. See this on the big screen and it will very likely stay with you.

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