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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.

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Jay Robinson ...
Monroe Feather
Charles McGregor ...
Charley
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Richard Angarola ...
Dr. Fortrero
David Chow ...
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Eva
Junero Jennings ...
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Lt. Di Nisco
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Renie Radich ...
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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 »

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Action | Thriller

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26 June 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les d√©molisseurs  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,275,072, 15 July 1974
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Trivia

Fred Williamson and Jim Brown both carry .44 Magnum guns as well as other types of guns throughout the film in which are never seen reloading at any point in the film. This would also continue in "One Down Two To Go" in which Williamson and Brown both carry the same type of gun and never reload them. See more »

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

Connections

Featured in Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio (2008) See more »

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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Too much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
16 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I really appreciate the blaxploitation flix for all their fabs and flaws. This one in particular is an inspiring but flawed film. Not so much as the story, but in the stunts. When Jim Kelly is fighting the crooked cops in the streets, he switches from boots to sneeks!!!! The three female friends look awfully macho while riding through the city. Overall, the story is scary, in the notion that some wealthy racists would ever try to do something so sinister. A fun film, with true heroes and vile villains.


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