• 3 Needles (2006)

3 Needles

Release Date: December 1st, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2007

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

In this triptych portrait of the global AIDS crisis, Jing Pin (Lucy Liu), an expectant mother living in the Chinese countryside, takes blood donations with tainted needles and sells what she's collected on the black market. Meanwhile, at a mission in Africa, three nuns struggle to secure medical care for farmworkers dying of AIDS. And in Montreal, Denys (Shawn Ashmore), an HIV-positive actor, steals his father's blood to fake test results and maintain his career in the porn industry.

Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Stockard Channing, Tanabadee Chokpikultong, Olympia Dukakis, Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Ian Roberts, Chloƫ Sevigny

Director: Thom Fitzgerald

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Emotion Pictures

Keywords: Mother, Emotional, Sacrifice, Temptation, Moving, Father, Fall, 1990s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    When 3 Needles premiered at Toronto last year, the stories were overlapping, in the style of "Babel" but without a unifying theme. It's less cumbersome as three separate stories, but they do not add up to much. show more

  • 100
    Ken FoxTV Guide Magazine

    After reminding us that the AIDS crisis in the West is far from over in "The Event," Fitzgerald widened his scope with this much-needed perspective on the global dimensions the disease has achieved. Despite the importance and seriousness of the subject, there's plenty of Fitzgerald's brand of sly humor on hand, particularly in the scenes involving the Quebecoise porn industry. show more

  • 63
    Wesley MorrisBoston Globe

    If good intentions were all it took to create a decent movie, Thom Fitzgerald's 3 Needles would be some kind of masterpiece. show more

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