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In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.



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A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. Written by imran

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Plot Keywords:

gold | kuwait | map | iraq | gulf war | See All (150) »


It's good to be kings See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic war violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spoils of War  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,847,636 (USA) (1 October 1999)


$60,652,036 (USA) (11 February 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the editing stages, David O. Russell attended a fund raiser for George W. Bush at a Warner Bros. executive's house. Russell walked up to Bush and said, "Hi, I'm editing a film that will question your father's legacy in Iraq." Bush shot back, "Well I guess I'm going to have to go back there and finish the job." See more »


Ice Cube's character is described as "Chief" Elgin; however, he is obviously wearing the U.S. Army rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG). See more »


[first lines]
Troy Barlow: Are we shooting?
Soldier: What?
Troy Barlow: Are we shootin' people or what?
Soldier: Are we shooting?
Troy Barlow: That's what I'm asking you!
Soldier: What's the answer?
Troy Barlow: I don't know the answer! That's what I'm trying to find out!
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Crazy Credits

For Sergeant Major Jim Parker, 1946 - 1998 See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.54 (2010) See more »


Gloria (Cum Sancto Spiritu in Gloria Dei Patris)
from "Mass in B Minor"
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Academy and Chorus of St Martin-in-the-Fields: Neville Marriner, Conductor
Courtesy of Philips Classics
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

A beautiful war movie, if that's possible
29 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit first I was born without the gene that understands why countries go to war. I don't understand who is fighting, why they are, the whole concept is a mystery to me. On a moral level its extremely offensive and completely unpleasant for all involved. So by extension its hard to watch a war movie because I go in already confused.

But I know a good movie when I see one, and this is a very good movie in many ways. This movie has a heart, some fantastic acting and something worthwhile to say. It was not hard to watch or understand, especially since, like I said, I don't always get it. But I will be watching this one again. At times it felt like a documentary. All the acting is so natural, no one makes a false move and you can't say that about most movies.

And I also didn't know Infiniti made a convertible!


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