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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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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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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)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (television)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The films' stars Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, and Jim Kelly would all go on to star together in Take a Hard Ride (1975), which was released by Twentieth Century-Fox a year after this film. In a way, it was sequel to this film, only in a Western setting. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy is talking to Wendy from the phone booth he is clearly inside the booth while the gravel truck is charging the booth (0:54:04).Yet,seconds after the gravel truck hits the booth Jimmy isn't inside the booth and he is hanging from the back of the truck instead(0:54:09). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Above the Rim (1994) 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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Three for the price of one
3 March 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A group of neo-Nazis plot to poison the water supply of three major American cities with a chemical that will wipe out the black population. Enter Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Jim Kelly. This trio of badasses get on the case and immediately start kicking Nazi butt.

Three the Hard Way is an action-packed blaxploitation flick that's main selling point seems to be the inclusion of three big stars of the genre in one movie. The trio of leads are all good value too, especially Jim Kelly and his kung fu fighting. The plot-line itself is fairly basic but it does allow for a set-up where the three inner-city black heroes can take on The Man and outwit him at every stage. There is a huge body-count as Nazi after Nazi is gunned down, blown up or kicked into oblivion. Once the three friends hook up it's basically a non-stop barrage of action. We also have a trio of inter-racial colour co-ordinated topless motorcycle dominatrixes who interrogate one Nazi with methods we can only imagine.

This is a fun film full of action and three charismatic leads. For blaxploitation fans I would think this is a must.


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