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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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They're deserters, rebels and thieves. But in the nicest possible 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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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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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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The shot of the civilians and the dog drinking the milk after the milk truck spills its contents looks much darker than the shot just before or just after and was probably shot at night, even though the scene takes place during the day. 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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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man
Written by Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav (as William Drayton) and Eric Sadler
Performed by Public Enemy
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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One of the freshest and most subversive Hollywood movies in years! A modern classic.
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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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