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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.

Director:

Gordon Parks Jr.

Writers:

Eric Bercovici, Jerrold L. Ludwig (as Jerry Ludwig)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Brown ... Jimmy Lait
Fred Williamson ... Jagger Daniels
Jim Kelly ... Mister Keyes
Sheila Frazier ... Wendy Kane
Jay Robinson ... Monroe Feather
Charles McGregor Charles McGregor ... Charley
Howard Platt ... Keep
Richard Angarola Richard Angarola ... Dr. Fortrero
David Chow David Chow ... Link
Marian Collier ... Eva
Junero Jennings Junero Jennings ... House
Alex Rocco ... Lt. Di Nisco
Corbin Bernsen ... Boy
Renie Radich Renie Radich ... Girl
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ... Nurse
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les démolisseurs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,275,072, 15 July 1974
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (television)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Williamson and Jim Brown are former NFL players, and Jim Kelly was a black belt professional martial artist. See more »

Goofs

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

Alternate Versions

Additional scenes were added to the TV version to pad out the running time and for content. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Houseguest (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

That's What Love Will Do
Music by Richard Tufo
Lyrics by Lowrell Simon
Performed by The Impressions (as Impressions)
Courtesy of Buddah and Curtom Records
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Another Jim Kelly Classic
1 January 2001 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Whitey has been up to no good as Jim Kelly kicks into action to stop the doomsday for his black people. This movie has got it all. From a bad 70's score, to not enough light in many of its scenes, 3 The Hard Way ends with "the 3" blowing up Whiteys car.

A cool story to say the very least, I give it an overall score of 3 out of 10 since its fits the category of being a true "black action" film.


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