Three the Hard Way (1974)


“This little mixture of mine is as lethal as cyanide and as selective as a lady buying perfume.” – Dr. Fortrero

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Video in the 80’s and 14 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Three black men go on a mission to try and stop white supremacists from unleashing a deadly poison that will kill only black people.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw as a kid when my older brothers and some of his friends decided to rent it from the video store.

For some reason, the plot and one scene in particular have always stuck in my mind for more than 30 years even if I didn’t recall the actual name of the movie.

After watching Shaft (1971) a few weeks ago, I actively decided to seek this film out to remind myself what it was all about.

This film is actually quite hilarious even though it isn’t meant to be.

The plot is taken to the extreme which brings it to the edge between satire and seriousness yet they still find a way to present things in a pretty plausible fashion.

The story moves along in a very choppy way which also hurts being able to take things seriously.

Obviously, as a film that is part of the genre of Blacksploitation films of the 70’s, the purpose isn’t necessary to have things taken 100% seriously especially since it purposefully accentuates certain aspects of the story in order to have it completely fit into this genre.

The cast of the film is fin, but none of them are able to truly stand out among them all.

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that is made in a way that makes it so difficult not to laugh at it all. The plot itself is a bit extreme, but they still manage to present things in a way that seems somewhat plausible. The story moves along in a very choppy fashion which unfortunately doesn’t work most of the time. The film is part of the blacksploitation genre and isn’t really meant to be taken completely seriously since it accentuates things a bit too much in an attempt to fit in with the genre itself. The cast is ok, but none of them really stand out at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The comedy, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) was heavily inspired by this film, and features Jim Brown, along with 70’s icons Bernie Casey, Clarence Williams III, and the late Isaac Hayes. John Vernon portrays the main villain and the late Steve James playing a martial arts expert like Jim Kelly in this film. It also featured the gag where Jim Brown never reloads his gun like in this film only in a more comedic setting. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “Three the Hard Way (1974)

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