Three Kings 1999

Three Kings

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

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Just after the end of the Gulf War, four American soldiers decide to steal a cache of Saddam Hussein's hidden gold. Led by cynical Sergeant Major Archie Gates (George Clooney), three of the men are rescued by rebels, but Sergeant Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) is captured and tortured by Iraqi intelligence. The Iraqi rebels beg for the American trio to help fight against the impending arrival of Hussein's Elite Guard. The men agree to fight in return for help rescuing Troy.

Cast & Crew

George Clooney
Maj. Archie Gates
Mark Wahlberg
Sfc. Troy Barlow
Ice Cube
SSgt. Chief Elgin
Spike Jonze
Pfc. Conrad Vig
Nora Dunn
Adriana Cruz
Jamie Kennedy
PV2 Walter Wogaman
Cliff Curtis
Amir Abdullah
Said Taghmaoui
Capt. Said
Judy Greer
Cathy Daitch
Bruce Berman
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Gregory Goodman
Executive Producer
Kelley Smith-Wait
Executive Producer
Carter Burwell
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Critic Reviews for Three Kings

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (8)

  • [Russell] not only has designed an action-adventure laced with incendiary humor but a movie that wants to explore race, politics, war, the media and U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. In large measure, he pulls it off with breathtaking aplomb.

    October 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's amazing how much action can be crammed into a movie about a war where most soldiers didn't actually see any action. Three Kings has its fair share of shootouts, none that are merely squeezed in for guilty pleasures. Every shot fired is motivated by c

    April 9, 2009 | Rating: 94/100 | Full Review…
  • A damning yet idealistic satire about the motives behind U.S. foreign policy.

    August 25, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 25, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What lingers in the mind far longer than the smart dialogue, the slightly cartoon characterisations or the neat feel-good ending is a vivid sense of the sickening nature of modern warfare.

    December 2, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Three Kings

  • Sep 11, 2018
    Three Kings is not my usual sort of thing, I watched it on the suggestion of a complete stranger, and I don't know that I'll ever watch it again. But I do think that it's a good movie, so I'm going to pass that buck and say, that those of you who like me had never seen this nearly twenty year old movie, give it a chance.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2017
    What this film does well was it's blending of a great plot with some good action and humour to top it off, The film is helped by how unexpected some scenes are and how smoothly it goes along, I was hoping for a few more action scenes but the story got more serious as it went on and it ended brilliantly, Not your typical war movie but it's certainly one of the best.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2014
    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
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
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