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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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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) »


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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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$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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Russell planned a re-release for 2004 due to the Iraq War. The film was to be shown alongside Soldiers Pay (2004) but Warner Brothers decided against it. See more »


When the refugees and the soldiers are picked by Adriana Cruz, when Troy and Chief Elgin are standing on a pickup truck, Chief accidentally leans against the valve attached to the needle sticking out of the Troy's chest, visibly pushing it in and to the side. Troy, however seems completely unaffected, when in reality he would at least cringe from pain. 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 »


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Fine movie set in the aftermath of the 1991 "Gulf War".
15 April 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I remember the 1991 Gulf War well, and in fact visited the area in late 1991. After looking at the "extras" on the DVD version of Three Kings, you realize how accurate the movie is, having used USA veterans as consultants, and some of the extras were actually Guld War refugees. I rate it "8" of "10".

The movie is action-packed and well-acted. The only thing that threw me off a bit was the sometimes strange mixture of humor and tragedy - people graphically getting killed in one scene, and characters being in humorous situations the next. Still, it is an entertaining movie overall, and gives a great glimpse of what the Gulf War was all about.

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