Overall Rank: 2429
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 253
Theatrical Release Date: 10/01/1999
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David O. Russell
Actors: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Cliff Curtis, Nora Dunn
Plot: At the conclusion of the Persian Gulf War a group of American soldiers find a map detailing the location of gold hidden near their base. Deciding to plunder the loot for themselves, they soon become involved with a moral crisis after finding out a group of Iraqi civilians face certain death at the hands of the Iraqi army if they don't intervene. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/19/2019
"Three Kings" takes its material serious enough that it manages to be both a satirical and a sincere portrait of the Gulf War.
Snoogans - wrote on 03/04/2013
A mixture of stylish direction, genre clashing, and random music selection, makes this one fast paced entertainer. The plot is original and unpredictable. It's constantly switching from comedy, to action, to drama, sometimes all at once and without hesitation. Quite a fun watch.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/12/2012
"Three Kings" is a strange mixing of genres that somehow works itself into an effective and thought-provoking war film. With moments of dark comedy aimed at showing some of the more absurdist aspects of the Gulf War and some moments of poignant clarity, the film is always exciting and interesting. The unlikely trio of Clooney, Ice Cube, and Wahlberg are all superb and share a tension-driven camraderie that adds sparks to every scene. I also liked director Spike Jonze's drawl-heavy supporting character.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/05/2012
Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) has just been recognized on television and became a father. Major Archie Gates (George Clooney) fools around with a journalist and discovers a certain map that interests him. Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) is a religious soldier who used to be an airline baggage handler. The three together with the aid of Private First Class Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) and Specialist Walter Wogeman (Jamie Kennedy), find out a secret that could change their lives.
Direction was skillful utilizing hand-held cameraswith Ektachrome transparency stock techniques and had excellent character background. A film of maltreatment of civilians, family, violence of war, death, compassion, violence of war and false hopes, it also mixes drama, wonderful action and comedic …
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/27/2011
When a group of US soldiers find a map to Saddam's horde of stolen Kuwaiti gold during operation Desert Storm, they decide to go rogue and steal it. Kind of like a cross between Ocean's Eleven and Jarhead, Three Kings is the Iraq "war"'s answer to Kelly's Heroes. Featuring a fine cast and nicely offbeat script, the film starts off really well with plenty of laughs and surreal situations based within the usual "absurdity of war" framework, but when the script decides to throw in some politics it starts to flounder somewhat. There are some valid points made and it's all very well meaning, but Russell's fear of putting the boot in compromises the message and it all ends up a little half-arsed. The worst example is the fact that the point that America was bombing Iraqi civilians pretty much …
gzvc - wrote on 12/09/2010
Fans of Three Kings should check out a brilliant new British film called ‘In Our Name’ opening this Friday 10th December in Curzon cinemas and countrywide via the new Curzon-On-Demand video streaming (https://www.curzoncinemas.com/film_on_demand/ - great for those of us who don’t live near an arthouse cinema!). It stars Joanne Froggett (Anna from Downton Abbey) who won a BIFA (British Independent Film Award) for her role as a soldier returning from a tour in Iraq and struggling to re-adjust to family life and cope with after effects of her experiences in a war-zone. It’s a really thought-provoking and tense, edge-of-your-seat drama; culturally significant, reminiscent of Ken Loach-style social realism, it is inspiring for filmmakers as it was made on a very low budget by newcomer …
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