GenreAction, Crime Music directorIsaac Hayes Produced byDino De Laurentiis LanguageItalian
Release date1974 (1974) WriterNicola Badalucco, Georges Dutter (French dialogue), Luciano Vincenzoni (story) CastLino Ventura (Father Charlie), Isaac Hayes (Lee), Fred Williamson (Joe Snake), Paula Kelly (Fay), William Berger (Captain Ryan), Vittorio Sanipoli (Mike Petralia) Similar moviesI'm Gonna Git You Sucka, The Mack, Friday Foster, Cleopatra Jones, Willie Dynamite, Darktown Strutters
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Three Tough Guys (also known as Tough Guys) is a 1974 crime-action film directed by Duccio Tessari. It may be regarded as an example of the Blaxploitation genre. It stars Lino Ventura, Fred Williamson and Isaac Hayes, who also composed the soundtrack. It is a coproduction between United States, Italy (where it was released Uomini duri) and France (where is known as Les Durs). The film was shot in Chicago.
Roman Catholic priest Father Charlie and former police officer Lee solve a bank robbery mystery that stretches across the city. After Lee is removed from the force due to $1,000,000 being stolen from the bank, Father Charlie helps him to gain revenge for the loss of one of his friends.
Lino Ventura - Father Charlie
Isaac Hayes - Lee
Fred Williamson - Joe Snake
Paula Kelly - Fay
William Berger - Captain Ryan
Vittorio Sanipoli - Mike Petralia
Lorella De Luca - Anne Lombardo
Mario Erpichini - Gene Lombardo
Jess Hahn - The Bartender
Jacques Herlin - Mike Petralia
Guido Leontini - Sgt. Sam
Luciano Salce - The bishop
Three Tough Guys was filmed as Vasca Navale in Rome and on location in Chicago between September 4 and October 1973. The film was Isaac Hayes' acting debut.
Three Tough Guys opened in New York on March 15, 1974. was released in France under the title Les durs on May 29, 1974. It was released in Italy under the title Uomini duri where it was distributed by Titanus. It grossed a total of 761.271 million Italian lire. Italian film historian and critic Roberto Curti said this gross was "moderate, but not outstanding success" as it had grossed less than half of Enzo G. Castellari's Street Law.
The soundtrack was composed, conducted and performed by Isaac Hayes, with string arrangements performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and rhythm tracks performed by Isaac Hayes' band, The Movement. The original LP record, Tough Guys, was released by Enterprise Records, an imprint of Stax Records.
The main theme of Three Tough Guys would be used in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2.