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Three Kings (1999)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40133910
UPC: 085391786221
UPC 14: 00085391786221
Rating: Game Rating Code
See more in Action/Adventure
When restless american foot soldiers left out of operation desert storm's high-tech warfare go on a renegade mission to loot $23 million in iraqi gold, they discoer more action than they ever could want and their own humanity as well. Special features: bunkers - three hidden features and much more.

" of the best movies of the year.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...not to be missed.  Apollo Guide
"...old war movie in postmodern terms.  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"...entertaining and engaging...  Annlee Ellingson, Box Office Magazine

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Box Set, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 115 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 17862
Video UPC UPC: 00085391786221
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info George Clooney
Video Cast Info Ice Cube
Video Cast Info Jamie Kennedy
Video Cast Info Mark Wahlberg
Video Cast Info Mykelti Williamson
Video Cast Info Nora Dunn
Video Cast Info Spike Jonze
Video Cast Info David O. Russell - Director
Video Cast Info Newton Thomas Sigel - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Carter Burwell - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Charles Roven - Producer
Video Cast Info Edward L. McDonnell - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Junger Witt - Producer
Video Cast Info David O. Russell - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Ridley - Story By
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

"...[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

Rolling Stone
"...An acutely funny and provocative surprise....[Clooney] gives his finest performance to date..." 10/14/1999 p.135-6

"...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

San Francisco Chronicle 9 of 10
Three Kings could have been a wise-guy adventure story. Instead it is--and is likely to remain--the definitive film about the Persian Gulf War. - Mick LaSalle

Time Magazine 8 of 10
Director David O. Russell set out on a mission to update the standard-issue war movie. He triumphs with the smart, funny and genially bizarre Three Kings... a brilliant exercise in popular but palpable surrealism. - Richard Schickel

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
Three Kings is not a traditional war picture--there are no big battles and only a few small-scale skirmishes. Instead, this is more of an action/adventure film, and a fairly good one at that. The characters are well developed, the situations are effectively realized, and, most importantly, there's some thought-provoking content just beneath the surface... The director manages to incorporate black humor and dramatic heft into a picture that, at the outset, appears to be conventional fare.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Clooney,George
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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