Three Kings

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Product Overview


Studio Warner
SKU 212121666
UPC 883929091645
UPC 14 00883929091645
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note David O. Russell makes his entry into the major studio big leagues with the electric war dramedy THREE KINGS. The politically charged script, based on a fictional story by John Ridley, is a sly reworking of KELLY'S HEROES, and concerns four Gulf War soldiers who discover a map that may lead to an enormous stash of gold bullion. Russell gives actors George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze a chance to shine, in roles that step outside the usual cinematic clichés and enable them to create human, believable characters, resulting in one of 1999's most exciting, original, and underrated motion pictures.
Plot Summary
Summary David O. Russell's multifaceted war film is an exhilarating display of cinematic bravado. As the Gulf War winds to a close, three American soldiers discover a map that leads to a stash of gold bullion hidden in a bunker by Sadaam Hussein's army. The soldiers--Sgt. Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg), "Chief" Elgin (Ice Cube), and Pvt. Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze)--are busted by Special Forces Sgt. Major Archie Gates (George Clooney). Gates orders a top-secret mission in which the four of them will track down the gold and keep it for themselves. Their journey seems simple enough, as Hussein's troops ignore the Americans due to the recently called truce. But after securing the gold, they witness the execution of an Iraqi woman in front of her family. Their morality compels them to fight for what is right, risking their lives--and the gold--in the process. Working within the limitations of the war genre, Russell manages to reinvent and revitalize it by shooting the film with a bleached out look and hyper-kinetic editing style. He also stuffs it with a potent blend of comedy and drama that is reminiscent of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, only he updates it for the materialistic 1990s.
Variety "...[THREE KINGS is] impudently comic, stylistically aggressive....Clooney, Cube and, particularly, Wahlberg deliver rugged and well-considered turns..." p.34-6
Rolling Stone Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...An acutely funny and astutely provocative [satire]..." 01/20/2000 p.63-4,"...An acutely funny and provocative surprise....[Clooney] gives his finest performance to date..." 10/14/1999 p.135-6
Premiere "...Zeal and inventiveness....It's impossible not to be impressed..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 05/01/2000 p.95
Box Office "...Fresh, funny dialogue....With a grab-bag of visual tricks..." 12/01/1999 p.60
USA Today "...KINGS is more interested in guts than glory, in all its meanings....Russell nails the absurdity angle..." 10/01/1999 p.6E
Los Angeles Times "...Especially effective is Clooney who perfectly conveys the combination of capability, authority and a touch of larceny the film insists on..." 10/01/1999 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...It has the freedom and recklessness of Oliver Stone or Robert Altman in their mad-dog days....THREE KINGS is awake and hyper..." 10/01/1999 p.31
David O. Russell
Mark Wahlberg
George Clooney
Spike Jonze
Cast & Crew
Mark Wahlberg - Star
Said Taghmaoui - Star
Cliff Curtis - Star
Holt McCallany - Star
Liz Stauber - Star
George Clooney - Star
Judy Greer - Star
Spike Jonze - Star
Nora Dunn - Star
Mykelti Williamson - Star
Ice Cube - Star
Jamie Kennedy - Star
Catherine Hardwicke - Production Designer
John Ridley - Story
Carter Burwell - Composer
David O. Russell - Screenwriter
Thomas Newman - Additional Music/Songs
Kym Barrett - Costume Designer
Newton Thomas Sigel - Director of Photography
Paul Junger Witt - Producer
Charles Roven - Producer
Robert K. Lambert - Editor
David O. Russell - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00883929091645
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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