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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's good to be kings See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic war violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros




Release Date:

1 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spoils of War  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,847,636, 3 October 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt Damon and Matthew McConaughey turned down the role of Troy Barlow. See more »


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 »


[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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Crazy Credits

For Sergeant Major Jim Parker, 1946 - 1998 See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.21 (2009) See more »


In God's Country
Music by U2
Lyrics by Bono and The Edge
Performed by U2
Courtesy of The Island Records Ltd./PolyGram International Music B.V.
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

What A Great Film!!!
20 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Say what you will about the director, or Mark Walhberg's acting, this is a really good movie. The bleach bypass process they used in the film gives it an instantly unique looks and sets it apart from other 'Hollywood' movies.

The film handles both drama and comedy really well and never confuses the two, the style of the film is what makes the film so interesting. It is incredible funny at times, and of course violent when needs to be. Russell is a good director and this is his best film, to date.

The bullet traveling through the body sequence holds the viewer in awe and the way Russell decides to depict the action sequences in some scenes. Specifically when they first leave with the gold, the shoot out is not your average shootout. It's instead played up with simple camera movement and audio. You see the shooter, pan over to the victim, and you hear the sound of the bullet hitting them. No flash or over the top styles, simple and effective.

Clooney gets billed as a movie star and sex symbol, but rarely gets praise for his acting ability. Here he shows what he can do, along side Wahlberg, who usually annoys, and Ice Cube, who usually bores. Spike Jonze makes an appearance as the fourth tag along as well.

Watch this film, it's one of the best of the recent years. It was what Jughead wanted to be before Jughead was even around. This film is technically pleasing with both a message and entertainment value. don't miss it.

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