Three KingsOctober 1, 1999
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.
Release Year: 1999
Rating: 7.2/10 (84,821 voted)
Critic's Score: 82/100
David O. Russell
Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube
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.
Writers: John Ridley, David O. Russell
(as Said Taghmaoui)
Captain Van Meter
Debbie Barlow, Troy's Wife
They're deserters, rebels and thieves but in the nicest way
Warner Bros |
Release Date: 1 October 1999
Filming Locations: Arizona, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $15,847,636
(3 October 1999)
(13 February 2000)
Did You Know?
Anthony Wiethoff was originally cast for the part of Cut Troy's Cuff Soldier but left the set due to disagreements with director David O. Russell's scenes of torture of US soldiers.
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Are we shooting?
Are we shootin' people or what?
Are we shooting?
That's what I'm asking you!
What's the answer?
I don't know the answer! That's what I'm trying to find out!
overlooked gem shows what a modern war really is
It's hard to really adequately describe this movie. Let
For starters, in spite of the advertisements, it's not merely a remake of
"Kelly's Heroes". Yes, we are in a postwar situation, where a bunch of
Americans are trying to "recover" gold stolen
by the enemy, but that's the end of the similarities.
"Three Kings" does an excellent job of showing just how gonzo modern
has become. You've got unemployed reservists going to the Middle East for
kicks fighting Saddam, who uses
gas attacks, electric shock torture and other atrocities
to fight the rebels. Thrown in the mix are a U.S.-educated Iraqi whose
businesses were destroyed by the Americans, a
bunch of rebels and refugees living in bunkers, a CNN-type
correspondent facing the threat of younger reporters, and
Mark Wahlberg's character finding a cell phone in the Iraqi bunker and
it to call his wife in the U.S.
The movie is extremely funny at times, graphically violent
times, but always on target. It provides a lot of insight
how non-Americans view the U.S. I cannot think of another
movie which showed people in a third-world country as modern
people without patronizing. Even the soldiers shooting
our heros, gassing the refugees, and torturing Mark Wahlberg's character
shown as human beings.
Somehow this movie got lost last year amongst all the hype
"American Beauty". "Three Kings" looks to have much more staying power.
George Clooney continues to shine in yet
another under-appreciated performance. For somebody with
Hollywood legacy, he really seems to have pushed some of
wrong buttons in Hollywood. I cannot think of any other
explanation for why he has yet to achieve the acclaim his