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Three Kings (1999)

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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) »


They're deserters, rebels and thieves. But in the nicest possible way. See more »

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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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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£6,090,521 (UK) (14 April 2000)

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Archie Gates' uniform indicates that he is a Special Forces-qualified, Ranger-qualified member of the Combat Applications Group (CAG), formerly known as the Special Forces Operational Detachment "D", but more commonly known as "Delta Force." He is referred to as having been "with Delta." He also wears on his uniform the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist badge, the Pathfinder badge, and the SCUBA Diver qualification badge. See more »


When our heroes lead the refugees to the Iranian border, Barlow appears both within the group as they walk, and behind it, sitting in the Humvee. 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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For Sergeant Major Jim Parker, 1946 - 1998 See more »


References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Outside 2B
from Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Written by Thomas Newman
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
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one of the Best of 1999
24 March 2000 | by (West Des Moines, Iowa) – See all my reviews

With the exception of 'Magnolia'and 'The Green Mile', I don't believe that there was a movie as great as 'Three Kings' last year. It was a brilliant look at the Gulf War and stretched beyond the boundaries of all war movies before it. David O. Russell did an excellent job writing and directing this movie and George Clooney gave one of the best performances of the year. Mark Wahlberg proved that his work can go beyond that of Dirk Diggler. Spike Jonze was hilarious as Wahlberg's lacky. Watching the movie is a memorable experience. It's way out there with it's comedic sense of timing, awesome action sequences, and morals to match. It dealt with the political issues of the Gulf War which was seen as a pretty harmless war from an American's standpoint. Russell showed us the plight of the freedom fighters in Iraq and told a very serious story, but did it with a sense of humor that was neither tasteless nor melodramatic. Russell kept an even tone throughout the entire movie and perfectly blended the action,black comedy,and war genres into what was one of the year's best. An entertaining movie that never ceases to amaze me. I still am trying to figure out why it didn't get nominated for any Oscars. I hope that one day people will see this move for what it is...a masterpiece.

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