Three Kings

Three Kings

David O Russell (1999)

110min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This superb - though very violent - mix of comedy, drama and action is set at the end of the Gulf War. Hearing a rumour that Saddam Hussein has stashed stolen gold in bunkers, US soldiers George Clooney, Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg embark on a secret field trip with the help of a map they find concealed about an Iraqi soldier's person. It seems simple enough: grab the bullion and be rich for the rest of their lives. However, their quest for wealth is diverted when they reluctantly agree to help a group of Iraqi dissidents who are being tortured by Saddam's men. Wittily scripted by director David O Russell, it boasts terrific performances (especially from Clooney) and takes some well-aimed stabs at the late-20th-century phenomenon of war waged on television. It's reckless, gripping and unmissable.

Summary

Four US soldiers stumble upon a fortune in Kuwaiti bullion in the aftermath of the first Gulf War - but agonise over whether to steal the hoard from under the noses of the impoverished local people, who are in desperate need of help. David O Russell's adventure, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze and Nora Dunn.

Cast & Crew

Major Archie Gates George Clooney
Sergeant Troy Barlow Mark Wahlberg
Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin Ice Cube
Private Conrad Vig Spike Jonze
Adriana Cruz Nora Dunn
Walter Wogaman Jamie Kennedy
Colonel Horn Mykelti Williamson
Amir Abdulah Cliff Curtis
Captain Said Saïd Taghmaoui
Director David O Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Mar 2000
Drama