Three the Hard Way (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

Three the Hard Way (1974)

Three the Hard Way (1974)

Three the Hard Way





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In this film, three men take on a neofascist organization. The avowed purpose of this all-white hate group is to "cleanse" Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington D.C. of all blacks. To do this, they plan to poison the drinking water with a secret formula that affects only African Americans.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jerry Ludwig, Eric Bercovici, Jerrold L. Ludwig, Eric Bercovici
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1989
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Jim Brown
as Jimmy Lait
Fred Williamson
as Jagger Daniels
Jim Kelly
as Mister Keyes
Sheila Frazier
as Wendy Kane
Jay Robinson
as Monroe Feather
Richard Angarola
as Dr. Fortrero
Alex Rocco
as Lt. DiNisco
Angelyn Chester
as Chicago Girl
Pamela Serpe
as Countess
Marie O'Henry
as Princess
Irene Tsu
as Empress
Roberta Collins
as Lait's Secretary
Lance Taylor Sr
as Pool Player
Fred Cash
as Impression
Sam Gooden
as Impression
Ralph Johnson
as Impression
Reggie Torian
as Impression
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Critic Reviews for Three the Hard Way

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Dully predictable, thoroughly gratuitous after the first few minutes as the possibilities for genuine suspense are forsaken in favour of a three-figure body count and several automobile demolition clichés.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Badly written, staged and edited.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Far-fetched and a bit comic-bookish, but filled with all you'd want from the genre and then some.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

May 7, 2007

Audience Reviews for Three the Hard Way

Jim Kelly, Jim Brown, and Fred Williamson star in an action film directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. with music by The Impressions!?!? HOLY SHIT!!! This sounds like a blaxploitation dream come true.

For as fun and entertaining as this movie is however, it is a disappointment since it is not the masterpiece it had the potential to be. That's a damn shame too. I still like this movie, even though it failed to live up to my expectations.

The plot involves a group of white supremacists who plot to town the water supplies of three major American cities. The substance they plan to use is lethal...only to African Americans. It's actually a pretty interesting idea. I now know where they came up with the similar plot used in Black Dynamite. The main issue with this film is the script itself. Things are pretty thin and undercooked ,and there's no real character developent. In fact, I can't really remember how the characters are supposed to be connected.

I should probably dock this one some more points, but the csst is good, and they're pretty likeable, and the action rocks. That, and the music is pretty hard to dislike as well. Overall, this is a fair enough action romp, even if it's flawed and leaves something to be desired.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Far-fetched, comic-bookish, predictable, gratuitous, but filled with all you'd want from the genre and more while remaining one of the finest examples of the Blaxploitation movement with the simple plot and obvious "Black Vs. White" battle lines.

The bad guys are played seriously and straight-toned, no matter the incompetency. Jim Kelly, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson along with band The Impressions join forces in Gordon Parks Jr.'s lesser known film and guarantee you a good time. The pace of the film is relentless and just great fun to watch.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

An LA music producer (Jim Brown) runs afoul of a paramilitary organization that plans to kill every black person in America by introducing a disease to the water supply. They kill his buddy and kidnap his lady love (Sheila Frazier), but the bad guys didn't count on their quarry calling in a karate master (Jim Kelly) and a weapons expert (Fred WIlliamson) for backup. Three The Hard Way was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. after his success with Superfly and, while it didn't make as much impact, this blaxploitation effort is noteworthy for how its threadbare plot is strung up by frequent car chases, constant explosions, numerous gun fights, cheesy overacting, kung fu grappling, and a very bizarre pretext to feature topless women. Three The Hard Way is pulpy sleaze, but that's part of the fun.

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