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3 Needles (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 December 2006 (Singapore)
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A three-paneled look at the worldwide A.I.D.S. crisis. Three tragic stories taking place in South Africa, China, and Montréal.


Thom Fitzgerald


Thom Fitzgerald
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mabel Adams Mabel Adams ... Nahmnru, the African Grandmother
Asckt Asckt ... Tea Picker
Shawn Ashmore ... Denys, the Porn Actor
Caroline Aspirot Caroline Aspirot ... Stripper
Nontombi Bovana Nontombi Bovana ... Grandchild
Rob Burns Rob Burns ... Broker
Stockard Channing ... Olive Cowie, the Porn Actor's Mother
Chin Han ... Soldier Xuan
Tanabadee Chokpikultong Tanabadee Chokpikultong ... Tong Sam, the Rice Farmer
Yotaka Cheukaew Yotaka Cheukaew ... Qi, the Rice Farmer's Daughter (as Yotaka Chorkreaw)
Eric Codana Eric Codana ... Abakeweta
Catherine Colvey ... Clara the Novice's Mother (scenes deleted)
Kathryn Costello Kathryn Costello ... Tourist
Steven Crowder ... Depanneur Manager
Douglas Cwaba Douglas Cwaba ... Hermit


Hilde the Missionary Nun (Olympia Dukakis) narrates three separates stories, each directly concerning the A.I.D.S. crisis. From a Montréal based order, Hilde the Missionary Nun, Mary the Nun (Sandra Oh), and Clara the Novice (Chloë Sevigny) have just arrived in South Africa to work as nurses in a plantation's medical center. They learn that legend there has it that having sex with a virgin will transfer infection out from oneself. Because of this legend, an infant girl is raped. Clara, who also learns the main cause of the virus' spread within the plantation, does whatever she can to ensure that Hallyday, the Plantation Owner (Ian Roberts), flexes his economic power to right the wrongs on the plantation. Back in Montréal, Denys, the Porn Actor (Shawn Ashmore), has been cheating on his mandatory monthly H.I.V. tests, using his father's blood to pass as his own. As he believes he has been exposed to the virus, the negative results will allow him to continue working. When he is caught, ... Written by Huggo

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Where Despair Prevails, Hope Lives. See more »




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Many of the Pondo and Xhosi people in the cast had never seen a movie in their lives. See more »


References The Passion of the Christ (2004) See more »


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Written and Performed by Rick Kurek
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According to your blood sample Denys, you've been dead for several hours.
3 December 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Did you know they had AIDS in China? It must be a closely guarded secret. However, in the first of three stories on the disease, we see Lucy Liu as a blood smuggler who buys blood for $5.00 a pint. In the process, a whole village becomes infected. It is a sad tale punctuated by her delivery of her baby alone in a field.

It then moves to Canada where a porn actor (Shawn Ashmore) steals blood from his father to hide his infection. After one of the required tests, the technician comes on the set to tell him his blood test shows that he has been dead for some time. He rushes home to find that his father was dead when he drew the blood. His mother (Stockard Channing) comes up with a solution to their problems that is quite original, and probably only possible in Canada.

The final segment involves some nuns in Africa. Olympia Dukakis, Sandra Oh, and Chloë Sevigny are sent to save souls before AIDS takes them to purgatory. The opening segment of the movie really didn't make any sense until now. It fits into this segment. I wonder why they didn't put it here. Maybe they didn't want to distract from Sevigny's naughty nun bit.

Sevigny is a novice that sees her mission as more than saving souls; she also tries to save lives. She involves the other nuns and they swipe money from the collection plate, but she goes way further. The plantation owner (Ian Roberts) wants tit for tat to help her. We did get to see her tit, and he got the tat more than once. Is that what God wanted her to do? Is saving lives just as important as saving souls, and is some sin allowed for the greater good? The cinematography in the film was incredible, and the music was also excellent.

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Afrikaans | Mandarin | Xhosa | French | English

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (Singapore) See more »

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CAD3,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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