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Three Kings (1999) Poster

(1999)

Goofs

Factual errors 

Characters are frequently seen handling - with only moderate difficulty - armfuls of gold that should weigh several hundred pounds.
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Anachronisms 

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."
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In the bunker full of looted consumer electronics, an Apple AV monitor is visible. These were not manufactured until 1996-7.
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The U.S. Army helicopters shown are Bell UH-1's; commonly known as the "Huey." By the time of the first Gulf War, the Bell UH-1 had been retired from combat service and replaced with the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk.
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One of the cars they buy is a 1992 Infiniti M30.
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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.
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During the entrance in the bunker scene, one can briefly see a footage of the police abuse which was cast by the US media and triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots. However, US troops already left Iraq when it happened.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the cow blows up, a bell is repeatedly heard, even though there is no bell around the cow's neck.
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When Gates asks Walter if he knows who Adriana Cruz is, it cuts to a closer shot of Walter wherein he responds "The reporter on NBS." However, in the wide shot before, he has already mouthed the line.
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Character error 

Archie Gates is described as being "former Delta (Force)" to Adriana Cruz by his superior. However, official US government policy regarding Delta Force is to neither confirm nor deny its existence; that aspect of his service record would not be divulged by an Army officer, especially to the media.
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Continuity 

When Archie Gates emerges from the white stretch limo at the beginning of the attack on the fort, there is a black convertible already flipped over and smoldering in the background. The black convertible doesn't get blown-up and flipped until a few minutes later.
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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.
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When the little girl is kneeling next to her murdered mother, her father puts his arms around her to comfort her. In shots where the camera is behind them, he has his arms around her, in shots when the camera is facing them, his arms are behind her.
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The way "Chief" (Elgin) and Conrad are holding hands changes from shot to shot.
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When they are in the first "Well" bunker and Barlow runs to get the truck from the gas station he goes up some steps. One of the Iraqi's they took prisoner is tied up on the stairs. A few minutes later when the rest of the guys run upstairs with the gold, the Iraqi is gone.
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When Barlow phones his wife, on the whiteboard in the background the details of where Barlow is can be seen before she writes them on the board.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Troy calls his wife to give her his position, you can see the shadow of the cameraman move across his shirt just before she picks up.
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Crew visible in car door when Archie gets in.
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When the milk truck enters the town and the Iraqi soldiers fire at it, as it turns, the shadow of the camera truck can be seen momentarily in the foreground
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Errors in geography 

Just after they start driving for the Iranian border, a saguaro cactus can be seen in the background. Saguaros are only found in the Sonoran desert (the Southwestern US and Mexico, where the film was shot.)
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There are no mountains near Detroit Airport.
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Factual errors 

When Troy was shot, the kevlar flak vest he wore would not have provided proper protection from a bullet. Had he been wearing the military interceptor vest, this may have stopped a round from an Ak-47.
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On the cars captured from Kuwait in the bunker, they all have Saudi Arabian license plates. Those plates all state S.A. Priv. (Saudi Arabia Private Vehicle) and are white in color. HOWEVER, those plates were used from the 70's until 1982 in Saudi Arabia and were a blue/green color.
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Barlow's cellphone could not possibly work inside a closet in an underground bunker.
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The credits list Omar 'Freefly' Alhegelan as "Bunker #1 Lieing Iraqi". The word "Lying" is misspelled.
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Ice Cube's character is described as "Chief" Elgin; however, he is obviously wearing the U.S. Army rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG).
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Miscellaneous 

When Sgt Barlow calls the US, the "ringback" sound he hears sounds like a British phone would, but the ring when calling international is of the country you are calling to. Therefore, Barlow would have had a familiar American ring.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When showing Troy's day job as a photocopier machine maintenance man, his shirt is already stained with black ink before he opens the toner box. Presumably, this was from a previous copier and he was unable to change shirts.
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When the mother is shot in the head, you notice that she preps her arms before she hits the ground. Bracing yourself is a mostly involuntary reflex, not a voluntary movement, handled by the somatic reflex arc, which is a part of the by then still living upper spinal cord, not the brain.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Chief and Conrad are arguing about which CD to listen to in a car, Chief puts a disc in which starts playing "easy listening classics". Conrad subsequently ejects it. The whole sequence takes place way too quickly for a typical CD player: the CD both starts playing too quickly and is ejected too quickly as well.
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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.
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When the milk truck is entering the village and the Iraqi Soldiers blow a hole in the trailer, the first trailer tire "turns" to steer the trailer towards the wall.
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As the soldiers and refugees walk on a sand dune, we can see multiple tire tracks from dune buggies, which are prevalent in the Southwest where the movie was filmed.
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When waving goodbye to the refugees as they cross into Iran, Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) holds up his left hand. This is an insult in many Muslim countries, to include Iraq, where the left hand is reserved solely for "bodily hygiene."
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

Right after Barlow gets the pressure relief valve installed in his chest, there is a shot of him crying over Conrad's dead body. Conrad is clearly still breathing.
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