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Three Kings (1999)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Archie Gates
... Troy Barlow
... Chief Elgin
... Conrad Vig
... Amir Abdulah
... Adriana Cruz
... Walter Wogaman
... Captain Said (as Said Taghmaoui)
... Colonel Horn
... Captain Van Meter
... Cathy Daitch
... Teebaux
... Paco
... Debbie Barlow, Troy's Wife
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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It's good to be kings 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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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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Though it's a war film, David O. Russell purposefully didn't want a lot of bullets used in the action sequences. "The whole approach I took to the bullets in the movie, was that I tried to make each bullet alive," Russell told Contact Music. "The audience has been numbed to bullets. So, number one, that means fewer bullets. If you have hundreds of bullets, like in other movies, you're going to be numbed." See more »

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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. See more »

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[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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.83 (2013) See more »

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(Original Single/Dub Mix)
Written by Michael Münzing (as Benito Benitez), Luca Anzilotti (as John Garrett III) and Toni C. (as Antoinette Colandero)
Performed by Snap
Courtesy of Anzilotti & Muenzing, GbR/BMG Ariola
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one of the Best of 1999
24 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

With the exception of 'Magnolia'and 'The Green Mile', I don't believe that there was a movie as great as 'Three Kings' last year. It was a brilliant look at the Gulf War and stretched beyond the boundaries of all war movies before it. David O. Russell did an excellent job writing and directing this movie and George Clooney gave one of the best performances of the year. Mark Wahlberg proved that his work can go beyond that of Dirk Diggler. Spike Jonze was hilarious as Wahlberg's lacky. Watching the movie is a memorable experience. It's way out there with it's comedic sense of timing, awesome action sequences, and morals to match. It dealt with the political issues of the Gulf War which was seen as a pretty harmless war from an American's standpoint. Russell showed us the plight of the freedom fighters in Iraq and told a very serious story, but did it with a sense of humor that was neither tasteless nor melodramatic. Russell kept an even tone throughout the entire movie and perfectly blended the action,black comedy,and war genres into what was one of the year's best. An entertaining movie that never ceases to amaze me. I still am trying to figure out why it didn't get nominated for any Oscars. I hope that one day people will see this move for what it is...a masterpiece.


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