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Three Way (2004)

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

Director:

Scott Ziehl

Writers:

Russell P. Marleau (screenplay), Gil Brewer (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dominic Purcell ... Lewis 'Lew' Brookbank
Joy Bryant ... Rita Caswell
Ali Larter ... Isobel Delano
Desmond Harrington ... Ralph Hagen
Dwight Yoakam ... Herbert Claremont / Clarkson
Gina Gershon ... Florence DeCroix Hagen
Roxana Zal ... Janice Brookbank
Dan Martin ... Patrolman
Christian Mills Christian Mills ... Bruce Hildred
Jason Sutliff ... Cop
Al Israel ... Cashier
Marc Allen Lewis Marc Allen Lewis ... Vanderwall
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3-Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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

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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 »

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[last lines]
Lewis 'Lew' Brookbank: [narrating] Rita got us a new start... and a million dollars
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Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »

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Swept Across The Borderline
The Lazy Cowgirls
Written by Pat Todd
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Lazy and convoluted
16 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THREE WAY is a modern-day attempt to update the classic 1940s film noir genre to a modern setting, featuring a protagonist up to his neck in murky dealings as he attempts to turn a planned kidnapping to his own advantage. The title and the inclusion of some extraneous sex scenes make this look like an attempt to plough the same furrow as WILD THINGS, but this is nowhere near as good.

Dominic Purcell's protagonist is one of the worst things about this: he's ineffective and weak throughout, and you just wish he'd man up and throw a punch here and there. None of the other cast members are particularly good, with Gina Gerson's role a limited one - she seems to be included for name value alone.

Although the convoluted plotting could have been interesting in better hands, often the writing feels lazy here and many sequences which should be suspenseful just aren't - they're boring instead. After I finished watching, I couldn't help but consider this a waste of time.


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