Three Kings (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Three Kings successfully blends elements of action, drama, and comedy into a thoughtful, exciting movie on the Gulf War.


Movie Info

The Gulf War is over, and three soldiers want to go home rich. Major Archie Gates retires in two weeks. Sergeant Troy Barlow is a new father. Chief Elgin is on a four-month paid vacation from Detroit. Saddam Hussein stole a great deal of gold from Kuwait, and these soldiers have no problem with stealing it from him. But on their way to collect their booty, they bear witness to the the disturbing results of the war effort. President Bush has encouraged Iraqi citizens to fight back against Saddam … More

Rating: R (for graphic war violence, language and some sexuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David O. Russell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2001
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


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Critic Reviews for Three Kings

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (29)

A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The last reel descends into a muddle of trade-offs, heroic about-turns and romanticised rebels, but this is defiant, provocative cinema; Russell may yet prove a film-maker to treasure.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No, Three Kings is not a great picture, but it is a very good one, perhaps the first feature of merit to come out of the Gulf War.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

One of Hollywood's few films about the Gulf War, David O. Russell's Three Kings is an original war feature that's effective as a social satire as well as political critique.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Violent, liberal George Clooney Gulf War caper.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Ithis is a career making movie, then its writer/director David O. Russell who deserves the credit with this very creative effort from the debut filmmaker.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Dark Horizons

Audience Reviews for Three Kings

This is quite simply the best anti-war movie since Catch 22. Wild, whacko, irreverent, chaotic, you are never sure what will happen next or where your loyalties lie. The innate utter stupidity of war is beautifully exposed, as are the often all too ordinary motivations of those who participate in it - lust for adventure, fame, promotion, wealth, but also sudden compassion, honesty and reflection. A roller coaster ride of action and thrills with sudden counterpoints of instant horror that make you think and ashamed of yourself for laughing out loud just a moment before. If this doesn't shake some holy beliefs in the truth of what we are told, and the justification for what we are doing, nothing will. Highly recommended! 4 Stars 4-2-14

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Bruce Bruce

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½

A great war film with flawed, unheroic characters. Captures the mercenary spirit of (some) soldiers which undoubtedly exists but is rarely portrayed in war films. There is a beautiful sense of isolation and desperation depicted in this gritty film.

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Christian C

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