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Three Kings (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  1 October 1999 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Said (as Said Taghmaoui)
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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 (151) »


In a war without heroes they are 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


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£6,090,521 (UK) (14 April 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clooney worked on the film while simultaneously starring in ER (1994). He worked on the film four days a week and on the series the other three days. See more »


During the early scene where they have entered the village, when Major Gates has ordered the others to hand out the MREs, they hand out the tan packages. These types of MREs did not come into usage for several years. During this time frame, the MREs were a dark brown. 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 Boogie Nights (1997) See more »


I Get Around
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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One of the freshest and most subversive Hollywood movies in years! A modern classic.
19 November 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I spend most of my time bitching at just how mindless and cliched most movies released by Hollywood are, so it's always a pleasant surprise when a 'Pulp Fiction' or a 'Boogie Nights' or an 'American Beauty' gets released and makes me eat my words. 'Three Kings' deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those very fine movies, but what a left field surprise this one was! As much as I enjoyed David O. Russell's previous movies 'Spanking The Monkey' and 'Flirting With Disaster', I never would have expected him to be capable of making a movie as fresh and original as this! Easily overlooked, it very cleverly manages to work simultaneously as an action/adventure, and a comedy, and a wonderfully subversive lesson in recent political history. Who would have thought? The other surprise is just how fine the motley cast is. TV heart throb Clooney, rappers turned actors Wahlberg and Ice Cube, and video director Jonze. All are much better than anyone would have the right to expect, and are supported by some strong performances from the likes of Cliff Curtis ('Once Were Warriors'), Nora Dunn ('The Last Supper'), Jamie Kennedy ('Scream') and especially Said Taghmaoui ('La Haine'), the latter in a role that should have made him an international star. 'Three Kings' is in my opinion a modern classic and one of the very best movies of the last ten years. I can't recommend this one highly enough!

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