Three Way

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Three Way
Directed by Scott Ziehl
Produced by Russell P. Marleau
Christian Mills
Written byRussell P. Marleau
Starring Dominic Purcell
Joy Bryant
Ali Larter
Desmond Harrington
Dwight Yoakam
Gina Gershon
Music by Christopher Hoag
Cinematography Antonio Calvache
Edited by Debra Goldfield
Distributed byBrainstorm Media
Release date
  • June 29, 2004 (2004-06-29)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

Three Way is a 2004 neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Scott Ziehl and starring Dominic Purcell, Joy Bryant, Ali Larter, Desmond Harrington, Dwight Yoakam, and Gina Gershon. The plot, based on Gil Brewer's pulp novel Wild To Possess , concerns a kidnapping plot. [1] The film was released also with titles 3-way and Three Way Split.



The film starts in San Diego. Lew (Dominic Purcell) finds out that his wife is having an affair with another man. He grabs his gun and goes to seek revenge but finds both of them dead in the bed. He fears that the police would suspect him because he has had a bad past, so he dumps the bodies and his gun in the sea along with his boat. He leaves for a new life.

Lew starts a new life, working as a sign board maker and gets a new girlfriend Rita (Joy Bryant). One evening while erecting a signboard on the side of a road, he overhears Isobel (Ali Larter) and Ralph (Desmond Harrington) discussing the kidnapping and murder plot of Ralph's wife Florence (Gina Gershon). He soon plots his own plan to pinch the ransom. At the same time, Herbert (Dwight Yoakam), brother of the man Lew's wife had affair with, comes following Lew thinking that Lew murdered his brother.

Ralph kidnaps his wife Florence with the help of his girlfriend Isobel and keeps her in a boat. Lew has been following them and takes Florence away from the boat. Then he phones Ralph anonymously, threatening to call police unless he cuts him in for half the ransom money. Ralph agrees. Ralph and Isobel suspect that it is Florence who has some accomplice of her own and is blackmailing them. Lew sends Rita to get the money from Ralph. But Lew's plans turns awry when Herbert interrupts and kills Florence. When Rita comes back she finds Herbert struggling with Lew and shoots him dead. She later finds that the money she brought from Ralph is fake. Lew goes to Isobel and Ralph to ask them about the real money. In the meanwhile Rita tips the police. Soon police comes and arrests Lew, Ralph and Isobel. Lew is released on the verdict of Rita who had hidden the real money herself.


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