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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

DVD Features

  • Audio commentary by director David O. Russell
  • Audio commentary by producers Charles Roven and Edward McDonnell
  • Three behind-the-scenes documentaries
  • "Under the Bunker", "An intimate look inside the acting process with Ice Cube" and "Tour of the Iraqui Village Set"
  • Video diary by the director
  • Interview with director of photography Tom Siegel
  • Stills
  • Interactive game "Hidden Bunker"

Cast

George ClooneyArchie Gates
Mark WahlbergTroy Barlow
Ice CubeChief Elgin
Spike JonzeConrad Vig
Cliff CurtisAmir Abdulah
Nora DunnAdriana Cruz
Jamie KennedyWalter Wogaman
Said TaghmaouiCaptain Said (as Said Taghmaoui)
Mykelti WilliamsonColonel Horn
Holt McCallanyCaptain Van Meter
Judy GreerCathy Daitch
Christopher LohrTeebaux
Jon SklaroffPaco
Liz StauberDebbie Barlow, Troy's Wife
Marsha HoranAmir's Wife
Alia ShawkatAmir's Daughter
Jabir AlgarawiHairdressing Twin #1
Ghanem AlgarawiHairdressing Twin #2
Bonnie AfsaryWestern Dressed Village Woman
Jacqueline Abi-AdTraditional Village Woman
Fadil Al-BadriDeserter Leader
Al No'maniKaied
Sayed BadreyaIraqi Tank Major
Magdi RashwanIraqi Troop Carrier Major
Ali AfsharIraqi First Kill Soldier (as Alex Dodd)
Larry 'Tank' JonesBerm Soldier / Truck Driver
Patrick O'Neal JonesBerm Soldier
Shawn PilotBerm Soldier
Brett BassettBerm Soldier
Jim GaffiganCuts Troy's Cuff Soldier
Al WhitingCamp Soldier / Truck Driver
Brian Daniel PattersonCamp Soldier / Truck Driver (as Brian Patterson)
Scott DillonCamp Soldier
Kwesi Okai HazelCamp Soldier
Joseph RomanovCamp Soldier (as Joseph Richard Romanov)
Christopher B. DuncanCamp Soldier (as Christopher Duncan)
Randy W. McCoyCamp Soldier
Mark RhodesCamp Soldier
Scott PearceCamp Soldier
Gary ParkerCivil Affairs Company Clerk
Haidar AlatowaSaudi Translator
Salah SaleaIraqi Soldier with Map
Doug JonesDead Iraqi Soldier
Farinaz FarrokhIraqi Civilian Mother with Baby
Omar 'Freefly' AlhegelanLying Iraqi - Bunker #1
Hassan AllawatiFriendly Iraqi - Bunker #1
Sara AzizPleading Civilian Woman
A. Halim MostafaIraqi Civilian Man
Al MustafaStoreroom Captain - Bunker #2
Anthony BatarseIraqi Interrogation Sergeant
Mohamad Al-JalahmaIraqi Rifle Loader #1 - Bunker #2
Mohammed SharafiIraqi Rifle Loader #2 - Bunker #2
Hillel Michael ShamamStoreroom Guard - Bunker #2
Joey NaberIraqi Radio Operator
Basim RidhaBlack Robe Leader
Peter MacdissiIraqi Republican Guard Lieutenant - Oasis Bunker
Tony ShawkatIraqi Republican Guard Sergeant - Oasis Bunker
Joseph Abi-AdIraqi Republican Guard Sergeant - Oasis Bunker
Fahd Al-UjaimyTroy's Interrogation Guard - Oasis Bunker
Derick QaqishTroy's Interrogation Guard - Oasis Bunker
Hassan Bach-AghaTroy's Republican Guard - Oasis Bunker
Fadi SittoTroy's Republican Guard - Oasis Bunker
Ali AlkindiDeserter #1
Abdullah Al-DawalemDeserter #2
Rick MendozaDeserter #3
Jassim Al-KhazrajiRepublican Guard on Roof - Oasis Bunker
Haider AlkindiFleeing Republican Guard - Oasis Bunker
Kalid MustafaFleeing Republican Guard - Oasis Bunker
Ghazwyn RamlawiFleeing Republican Guard - Oasis Bunker
Raad ThomasianFleeing Republican Guard - Oasis Bunker
Wessam SalehFleeing Republican Guard - Oasis Bunker
Jay GiannoneFleeing Republican Guard / Sniper - Oasis Bunker
Sam HassanFleeing Republican Guard / Sniper - Oasis Bunker
Brian BosworthAction Star
Donte DelilaIraqi Child
Dylan BrownIraqi Child

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Theme(s): Military, Historical, Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 114 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 1, 1999
    EuropeMar 3, 2000
    JapanApr 8, 2000
    AustraliaJan 13, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 12, 2010
    EuropeNov 1, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
    EuropeApr 18, 2005
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