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Three Kings (1999)

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

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Captain Said (as Said Taghmaoui)
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Captain Van Meter
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Teebaux
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Paco
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Marsha Horan ...
Amir's Wife
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Storyline

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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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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1 October 1999 (USA)  »

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Spoils of War  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,847,636, 3 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,652,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,752,036
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, there's a disclaimer explaining that the strange look of the film was intended by David O. Russell. The vibrant color is due to the fact that they used "Ektachrome" slide transparency film, instead of standard film stock, and the "bleach bypass" process actually gave the prints a much deeper black. The silver halide is completely opaque, thus a "true" black. Leaving all of that silver on the prints, resulted in a much higher cost for distribution however. See more »

Goofs

When Mark Wahlberg's character is interrogated by Saïd Taghmaoui's character in the bunker, Taghmaoui tells him that "the black man make the hair straight and the skin white," but in 1991 (the time period at which the movie's action takes place), Michael Jackson still had curly hair and relatively "medium"-colored skin - in contrast to his appearance in 1998/1999, when the movie was actually made, it was then that Michael Jackson had significantly changed his appearance to "look white." See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in Under the Bunker: On the Set of 'Three Kings' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless the U.S.A.
Written by Lee Greenwood
Produced and Arranged by Richard Wolf (as Richard Lawrence Wolf)
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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!

8/10


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