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A luminous and inspiring portrait of people around the world facing the harsh realities of the AIDS crisis.

In China, a rural entrepreneur (Lucy Liu) sets off a regional epidemic. In Montreal, a porn actor (Shawn Ashmore) and his mother (Stockard Channing) go to extreme lengths to provide for their family. And in Africa, a novice nun (Chloe Sevigny) makes a desperate bargain to save a family of orphans.


Studio Wolfe Video
SKU 204044263
UPC 754703762719
UPC 14 00754703762719
Format DVD
Release Date 4/3/2007
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Chloe Sevigny - Actor
Christophe Beck - Original Music By
Gary Farmer - Actor
Janni Van Staden - Art Director
Lucy Liu - Actor
Mark Bennett - Producer
Michael Gleissner - Executive Producer
Olympia Dukakis - Actor
Sandra Oh - Actor
Shawn Ashmore - Actor
Sook-Yin Lee - Actor
Stockard Channing - Actor
Susan Shanks - Editor
Thom Fitzgerald - Director
Thom Fitzgerald - Writer
Tom Harting - Cinematographer
Trevor Morris - Original Music By
Review The powerful AIDS drama 3 Needles adopts an approach to its subject that's becoming a familiar one in issue-driven movies. Like Traffic and Fast Food Nation, 3 Needles addresses its topic from multiple perspectives by following three different storylines with three distinct points of view. The biggest difference between it and the other films is that there's no link between the subplots beyond a thematic one; it's closer to an anthology film than an Altman-esque tapestry. Yet the three stories do complement each other, and though each is interesting on its own, they have a cumulative effect that's extremely impactful...3 Needles is difficult to take at times, but it ultimately rewards those viewers willing to meet its challenges.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review With so many films starting strong and then sputtering out, 3 Needles is that rare wobbler worth hanging in there for. Three sad stories about the spread of HIV on three continents are interwoven awkwardly, but Canadian Thom Fitzgerald (The Hanging Garden) builds towards scenes of great power, moral complexity and stunning natural beauty...Lucy Liu stands out as a blood collector in rural China. Chloe Sevigny gets progressively more interesting as a nun who combats apathy and superstition in South Africa. However, the story of a Montreal porn actor (Shawn Ashmore) fails to take flight, while other big names are either miscast (why import Stockard Channing to play a Quebecoise?) or underutilized (Sandra Oh gets to make little mischief in her nun's habit).
Reviewer Kim Linekin
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...much-needed perspective on the global dimensions the disease has achieved.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times ...3 Needles, with its stunning cinematography by Thomas M. Harting, is never less than engaging...
Stephen Holden, The New York Times the AIDS epidemic what "Traffic" was to the drug trade.
The Hollywood Reporter A superb three-pronged drama...with depth, insight and candor.
Windy City Times Nothing short of a triumph!

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