Three Tough Guys

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Three Tough Guys
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Directed by Duccio Tessari
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis [1]
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Luciano Vincenzoni
  • Nicola Badalucco [1]
Music by Isaac Hayes [1]
Cinematography Aldo Tonti [1]
Edited by Mario Morra [1]
  • Produzioni Cinematografiche Inter. Ma. Co.
  • Columbia Film [1]
Distributed by Titanus [1]
Release date
  • 15 March 1974 (1974-03-15)(New York)
  • 29 May 1974 (1974-05-29)(France)
  • 13 August 1974 (1974-08-13)(Italy)
Running time
92 minutes [1]
  • Italy
  • France [1]
Box office 761.271 million

Three Tough Guys (also known as Tough Guys) is a 1974 crime-action film directed by Duccio Tessari. [2] 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. [3]



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.



Three Tough Guys was filmed as Vasca Navale in Rome and on location in Chicago between September 4 and October 1973. [1] [4] The film was Isaac Hayes' acting debut. [1]


Three Tough Guys opened in New York on March 15, 1974. [4] was released in France under the title Les durs on May 29, 1974. [1] It was released in Italy under the title Uomini duri where it was distributed by Titanus. [1] It grossed a total of 761.271 million Italian lire. [1] 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 . [1]


Tough Guys
Soundtrack album by
Genre Progressive soul, [5] funk [6]
Label Enterprise
Producer Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes chronology
Tough Guys
Truck Turner
Professional ratings
Review scores
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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 . [1] “Hung Up on My Baby” was sampled for the Geto Boys song Mind Playing Tricks on Me .

Original Track listing

Side one

  1. "Title Theme" - 2:32
  2. "Randolph & Dearborn" - 4:24
  3. "The Red Rooster" - 4:04
  4. "Joe Bell" - 4:57

Side two

  1. "Hung Up On My Baby" - 6:15
  2. "Kidnapped" - 2:40
  3. "Run Fay Run" - 2:45
  4. "Buns O' Plenty" - 4:37
  5. "The End Theme" - 1:13


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Curti 2013, p. 124.
  2. Joe Bob Briggs. Profoundly disturbing. Universe, 2003.
  3. Roberto Curti. Italia odia: il cinema poliziesco italiano. Lindau, 2006.
  4. 1 2 "Three Tough Guys". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  5. Winistorfer, Andrew (December 28, 2020). "Isaac Hayes' Prog-Soul Soundtrack Epic". Vinyl Me, Please. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  6. 1 2 Unterberger, Richie. Review: Tough Guys. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2017-04-14.

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