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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 ... 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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Taglines:

The big three are on this case! They're the only ones who can save their race! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Fred Williamson and Jim Brown carry .44 Magnum guns as well as other types of guns throughout the film, yet are never seen to reload at any point in the film. This would also continue in One Down, Two to go (1982) in which Williamson and Brown both carry the same type of gun and never reload them. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Fortrero: This little mixture of mine is as lethal as cyanide and as selective as a lady buying perfume.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Soundtracks

Wendy
Music by Richard Tufo
Lyrics by Lowrell Simon
Performed by The Impressions (as Impressions)
Courtesy of Buddah and Curtom Records
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Lait, Jagger & Mister!
20 July 2003 | by Mark-129See all my reviews

A very good blaxpoitation flick from the mid 70s. Much more ambitious than the usual genre fare, the movie is slickly made, starring three of the most famous stars of the time, Jim Brown, Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson. As I recall, the casting caused quite a stir at the time of release. My only complaint is the unsatisfying, rushed final act. Gordon Parks, the director failed in giving the villains a memorable send off. Well worth seeing. The soundtrack by the Impressions is great as well.

By the way, having seen the movie in a theater, the lighting problems noted in other reviews is due to the poor print used, a second generation, edited TV version. The original version included a nude scene by the three motorcycle riding women "interogators" and more closeup kung fu violence, by Jim Kelly. Hopefully, a DVD release someday will restore the original R rated cut.


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