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Three Kings (Snap Case Packaging) (1999)

George Clooney , Mark Wahlberg , David O. Russell  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Cliff Curtis
  • Directors: David O. Russell
  • Writers: David O. Russell, John Ridley
  • Producers: Alan Glazer, Bruce Berman, Charles Roven, Douglas Segal, Edward McDonnell
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Under the Bunker: On The Set Of Three Kings Making-Of Documentary
  • Deleted Footage With Commentary By Director David O. Russell
  • Interview with Director of Photography Tom Sigel
  • An Intimate Look Inside The Acting Process With Ice Cube
  • plus!: David O. Russell's Video Journal, Bunkers--Three Hidden Features (Two Bunkers Reveal Codes That Will Unlock Special Features On The Web, And One Bunker Will Unlock A TV Spot), Production Designer's Tour of the Iraqi Village Set, Production Stills, Special Photography From Co-star Spike Jonze (Director Of Being John Malkovich) DVD-ROM Content--Links To CNN's Gulf War Archives, Special Web Events, Including To-Be-Announced Online Screenings And Chats With Filmmaker/Stars

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A confident hybrid of M*A*S*H, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Dr. Strangelove, Three Kings is one of the most seriously funny war movies ever made. Improving the premise of Kelly's Heroes with scathing intelligence, it explores the odd connection between war and consumerism in the age of Humvees and cellular phones. Writer-director David O. Russell's third film (after Spanking the Monkey and Flirting with Disaster), it's a no-holds-barred portrait of personal conscience in the volatile arena of politics, played out by one of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge in the 1990s.

George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze (director of Being John Malkovich) play a quartet of U.S. soldiers who, disillusioned by Operation Desert Storm, decide to steal $23 million in gold hijacked from Kuwait by Saddam Hussein's army. Getting the bullion out of an Iraqi stronghold is easy; keeping it is a potentially lethal proposition. By the end of their mercenary mission, the Americans can no longer ignore wartime atrocities (and neither can we--the film is boldly unflinching), and conscience demands their aid to Iraqi rebels abandoned by President George Bush's fickle wartime policy. This is serious stuff indeed, but Russell infuses Three Kings with a keen sense of the absurd, and the entire film is an exercise in breathtaking visual ingenuity. Despite a conventional ending that's mildly disappointing for such a brashly original film, Three Kings conveys the brutal madness of war while making you laugh out loud at the insanity. --Jeff Shannon

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119 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh! Those Extras! And how's the film? Fine. May 1, 2000
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THREE KINGS is not for everyone. And it's not easily pigeonholed. Fans of categorization will hate it. :)
"What's it like?" they ask. You can't say it's a comedy, because plenty of people won't find it funny. Can you say it's a heist film? Only if you're narrow-minded. An action movie? Yeah, maybe, but this isn't comic book action here.
Soldiers at the tail end of the Gulf War get a lead on a hidden stash of gold and decide to find it and take it home. What happens to them along the way changes their objectives and changes their lives in profound ways. Director David O Russell has crafted a movie that SEEMS to be aimless, changing directions with the wind, but is actually a movie with a certain destination, taking a more realistic approach to arrive there. A good example of this narrative philosophy is pointed out by Russell in his excellent and illuminating commentary track: in one scene Clooney is rushing pell-mell through an underground bunker and collides with another man rushing to get out. There's no "point" to it other than that these distracting things happen in real life all the time, just not usually in the movies.
The DVD's price is good and it's PACKED with so many extras (all of them interesting and worthwhile, too) that it's hard to pass up THREE KINGS for purchasing. Very much recommended.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary piece of work April 18, 2000
I was expecting a fun in the sun with guns and gold kind of movie. Boy was I surprised! This ranks up with movies like Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line as a really intelligent "war like it really is" story.
It starts off fairly simply. At the end of Desert Storm a group of soldiers find a map showing where stolen Kuwaiti gold was being kept so they go get it. What was extraordinary was the way that the Iraqi soldiers actually helped them but would not let them help any of the locals. Orders from Saddam they said.
However, seeing the injustice being meted out by the Iraqi soldiers our four heroes (Clooney, Wahlberg, Cube and Jonze) decide to intervene. Things do not go well as Wahlberg is captured and tortured and all their vehicles are destroyed.
The torture scene is poignant. Wahlberg and his torturer have much in common: they are fathers, they joined the army to give their families a better standard of living, except that the torturer's one year old son was killed in a US bombing raid and his wife lost her legs. When later on Wahlberg is rescued and he has a chance to kill his torturer, his decision adds all the more depth to the story.
Although Saddam is villified in this movie, the story seems to take no sides. This is not about heroes and glory but about the struggle that everyone has with their own oppression - whether it is a tyrant, a poor job or dumb bosses. There are some very touching moments and some great humour. All the actors are very convincing (including all the Iraqi extras) and portay the ambiguity of people caught up in something out of their control.
This is a very good movie and will keep you thinking. The anatomical "shots" are an interesting feature but are insignificant against the storyline. A good movie to add to your collection and talk about with your friends. Loads of extras on the DVD too!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to heck with the politics April 28, 2002
I'll admit the first time I saw this movie in the cinema; I didn't like it that much. Then again, I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't sure whether it would be a comedy, a drama, or an action film etc. So when the movie was finished and I was walking out of the cinema, I wasn't too sure what to make of it.
I didn't watch the movie for another few years until my friend got it on DVD and having nothing else to do, I decided to watch it again, hoping I would have a different point of view after watching it for a second time. And boy, am I glad I did!
Three Kings is a great movie with; I believe, a deeper meaning. The basic plot is about 4 soldiers in the Gulf War who discover a map on a prisoner after the war is over. It turns out that the map shows the location of $23 million worth of Kuwaiti bullion stolen by the Iraqis. So these 4 soldiers set about getting themselves a nice little bonus. However, upon retrieving the gold, Sgt. Archie Gates (Clooney) and his men are faced with a dilemma: take the gold and allow innocent Iraqi people to be slaughtered by the Iraqi soldiers OR take the gold, try & save the Iraqi people. Obviously the second option comes along with a lot more risk. Gates' moral conscience takes over and he decides upon the latter, citing that "necessity had just changed" and so on goes the movie.
I think David Russell did a fantastic job directing the movie, and getting his message across, which I believe was that President George Bush (Sr.) left the Iraqi people to die.
When America won the Gulf war, President Bush told the people to rise against Saddam and that they would have the full support of the United States of America. Whereas in reality, Bush didn't give a rats a@!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Like no other war movie February 4, 2000
This is like no other war movie I have ever seen. It was not your typical blood and guts tragedy that drags on. The camera work in this movie was unbelieveable! And the story line kept my interest all the way through the credits. What sets this apart from other war movies, is that Three Kings was about post-war and the after effects. Dealing with refugees and stolen goods. Say no more...I do not want to spoil anything. Check this movie out, you will NOT be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars David O. Russell
Pretty much the reason why people like him (D.O.R.) so much. A couple plot holes (like any good action flick), but they are paved over nicely with a character driven story that... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Matthew George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
It had great actors and it was an awesome movie. Worth seeing Great acting great action. You will be on the edge of your seat
Published 1 month ago by roseanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss
Amazing move with talented actors. Not too be missed or your loss! One of the better war movies I have seen
Published 2 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars We 3 kings of gory and art
This is been one of my favorite movie since I first see it at the movie theater. I had a hankering to see it the other night and was not able to get anywhere. Read more
Published 2 months ago by riggarob
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Movie
Dumb beyond believe. Avoid this movie. It is so bad that my wife and I we unable to watch the last half of this stinker.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas G. Adcock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite David O. Russell Films
An underrated gem, in my opinion. It is a difficult film to describe: at times satirical, absurdist, experimental, touching, horrifying, but always visually stunning and replete... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tomorrow Never Knows
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see this film
Brilliant, well written and unique! Great cast, and wonderful commentary on the US involvement in the Middle East. Watch it!
Published 2 months ago by steve malloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great customer relations
Excellent service and good movie for my collection. My boyfriend and I enjoy buying and collecting movies of all kinds.
Published 3 months ago by joanne perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed -- and different
What a good film. Gives a realistic view of war and what goes on behind the scenes.
A must see --
Published 3 months ago by SkyClan8
5.0 out of 5 stars Really loved the movie...
I will save most of my review for the blu ray. Love the cast in this one and it is really well done. Great writing and it takes a bit of a different approach to the Gulf War. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Sebastian
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