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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 (435 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (435 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Three Kings (Snap Case Packaging)" on IMDb

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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120 of 130 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
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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it!
Published 5 days ago by J-ROD
4.0 out of 5 stars Question for people who have watched this, want to know if my disc is...
Early in the movie when George Clooney's character is talking about retirement and a a helicopter flies away. Read more
Published 13 days ago by jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Yup
Published 20 days ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Great Movie!
Published 1 month ago by Brett Larkins
5.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
a great dvd. A fine addition to anyones collection.
Published 1 month ago by Alex mechanic
3.0 out of 5 stars Our review on "Three Kings"
When we first started to watch this movie we were not sure if we wanted to continue to watch it, the movie starts out with sex, something that is more and more prevalent in movies... Read more
Published 2 months ago by banjos
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie, although it is not historically accurate. But this movie is not a documentary. Great movie for entertainment value.
Published 2 months ago by Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Action AND Story
Good acting, but I did not expect to see some actual angst produced by a believable story. Lots of action and worth watching to see where this goes.
Published 3 months ago by R. Callicotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Another movie I watched when it first came out - Clooney is wonderful...
I really enjoyed this movie and if you are a George Clooney or Matt Damon fan then don't miss this one. Interersting and fast paced story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria P. Mason
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor streaming quality, but not a very good movie anyway
These are supposed to be loveable rogues who do a good turn. It does end up that way, but it's pretty messy, and violent, and needlessly graphic (sexually and violently) to get... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey S. Bennion
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Umm...as of right now (May 2013) the DVD costs $5.26. Heck yeah, it's worth it. Maybe buy two, one for a friend.
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