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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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gold | kuwait | map | iraq | gulf war | See All (149) »

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They're deserters, rebels and thieves but in the nicest 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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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,438,818 (UK) (3 March 2000)

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£6,090,521 (UK) (14 April 2000)
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The credits list Omar 'Freefly' Alhegelan as "Bunker #1 Lieing Iraqi". The word "Lying" is misspelled. See more »

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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!
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Troy Barlow: I don't know the answer! That's what I'm trying to find out!
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An Absolute Mess
6 June 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I remember when THREE KINGS was released in Britain it got a lot of great reviews from the press and remember one of these reviews described it as " The best war movie since APOCALYPSE NOW " Well after watching THREE KINGS I`ve got to ask if this newspaper film critic has actually seen APOCALYPSE NOW ? She might have seen THREE KINGS but in no way is it " The best war movie since APOCALYPSE NOW " . How can it ? It`s not even a war movie.

A caper movie is what THREE KINGS is , and a pretty poor one at that . In fact it`s a bit of a misnomer to describe it as a caper movie anymore than it`s a war movie and that`s the problem because one minute it`s trying to be a cynical comedy , then it`s a farce , then it`s an action adventure , then it`s back to cynical comedy. I kid you not , the only genres not represented are hardcore porn and the musical . And the most offensive thing is that this film even tries to have serious discussions on war in general and the 1991 Gulf war in particular. Oh and Michael Jackson is also discussed , yup nothing like bringing MJ into a serious discussion on the horrors of war.

So if this film is so bad ( Make no mistake it is bad ) why did it get so many good reviews . Well I do remember that the woman who described it as " The best war movie since .... " was a woman , and most of the reviewers who liked it were women and I`m making a very good educated guess when I say George Clooney might have had something to do with their opinions of THREE KINGS . Being a hetrosexual male I judge an actor on their ability and range , not on their looks and I`m afraid Clooney is an actor without much talent , the character he plays in THREE KINGS is basically the same one he plays in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and OCEAN`S 11 . He also shoots some bad guys just like he did in THE PEACEMAKER and he gets to do some emergency surgery like in ER . Sorry to break your hearts girls but there`s three certainties in life: Death , taxes , and George Clooney never ever winning an Oscar .

Maybe someone will do a remake called THREE BIMBOS in which Salma Hayek runs around the Afghan mountains looking for some gold hidden by the taliban wearing nothing except a tight skimpy bikini ? I can imagine the reviews now with every hetrosexual male film reviewer saying " This is the best war film since APOCALYPSE NOW . - No strike that . THREE BIMBOS is the best film I have ever seen "


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