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Three Tough Guys
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Directed by Duccio Tessari
Produced by Dino D. Laurentiis
Screenplay by
  • Luciano Vincenzoni
  • Nicola Badalucco
Story by
  • Luciano Vincenzoni
  • Nicola Badalucco
  • Lino Ventura
  • Isaac hayes
  • Fred Williamson
  • Vittorio Sanipoli
Music by Isaac hayes
Cinematography Aldo Tonti
Edited by Mario Morra
  • Produzioni Cinematografiche Inter. Ma. Co.
  • Columbia Film
Distributed by Titanus
Release date
  • 15 March 1974 (New York)
  • 29 May 1974 (France)
  • 13 August 1974 (Italy)
Running time
92 minutes
  • Italy
  • France
Box office ₤761.271 million


  "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 Saice - The bishop
  • Nazzareno Zamperla as Snake's henchman



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.



Tough Guys
Soundtrack album by Isaac Hayes
Released 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk
Length 34:13
Label Enterprise
Producer Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes chronology
Tough Guys
Truck Turner
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars


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.



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




Isaac Hayes - Tough Guys

U.S. Enterprise ENS 7504 stereo (1974).

Album produced by Isaac Hayes.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's original hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

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