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Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: George Clooney Archie Gates Mark Wahlberg Troy Barlow Ice Cube Chief Elgin Spike Jonze Conrad Vig Cliff Curtis Amir Abdulah Nora Dunn Adriana Cruz Jamie Kennedy Colonel Horn Holt McCallany Captain Van Meter Judy Greer Cathy Daitch Christopher Lohr Teebaux Jon Sklaroff Paco Liz Stauber Edit Storyline A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base.
Country: USA. Language: English Arabic. Production Co: Warner Bros. Runtime: min. Color: Color Technicolor. Edit Did You Know? Trivia George Clooney , a notorious prankster, played a prank on Nora Dunn by putting an apple on the antenna of a Humvee and catapulting it, hitting her on the forehead.
The only cast member Clooney did not prank was Ice Cube , saying, "Cube's not gonna take it. The crushing absurdity of war has hardly been better summarized on film. Three Kings Director: David O. Three Kings is a war movie which, as it goes along, attempts to figure out what a war movie even is anymore. Set at the butt-end of the Gulf War, the film begins as an odd bacchanalia of boredom, contorting through a handful of genres and Desert Storm misadventures to arrive, inevitably, at the conclusion that Oh, Yeah, Actually Turns Out War Is Never Boring.
Director David O. So, as four soldiers George Clooney , Mark Wahlberg, Spike Jonze and Ice Cube embark on a Kuwaiti gold heist based on information found within an ass map, Russell explores what the responsibilities of these men could be when their only responsibilities—occupying, defending and killing—are no longer all that urgent. Patton Director: Franklin J.
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Watching Patton , Franklin J. Patton is a war movie, make no mistake, but it uses the war movie blueprint for housing a character study of its protagonist. The results, almost half a century later, remain completely singular in the genre. Ice Cold in Alex Director: J. Lee Thompson. Overcoming the natural coolness of the monochrome image, the fierce heat of the desert is felt in its every frame, of bright sand-paved landscapes and sweating bodies. In its final minutes, this thriller reveals itself as a touching ode to friendship, as our unremarkable heroes sink their ice cold lagers in a long-awaited moment of release, and one of their number is forgiven in a rebuke to military protocol—another minor, humanist gesture which Thompson somehow manages to make massive.
The film takes great pleasure in old ways: it luxuriates in the myths and salty humor of Georgian mariners, gets swept up in the pre-WWI mentality of war as a flag-waving lark and, in a brief excursion to the Galapagos Islands, pines for the days of analog exploration. A match this good deserved a sequel, but the one movie we got is good enough to savor.
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Fires on the Plain Director: Kon Ichikawa. A platoon of Japanese soldiers clamber over each other in the night like bugs, lit up by the enemy tanks about to decimate them; a dying soldier hungrily eats a handful of mud. Almost everything, from the dread-heavy score to the frighteningly dazed performance by Funakoshi the actor reportedly ate so little in preparation that filming halted for two months while he recovered , tells us to abandon this savage epic. Yet its perverse beauty is hard to turn away from.
Though fictional, the work is based on the construction of the Burma Railway in , and was filmed on location in Sri Lanka then Ceylon. The ranking British officer, Lt. Colonel Nicholson Guinness is so by-the-book that he philosophizes about whether his men have a duty to try to escape, and nearly starves to death in a stand-down with Saito over adherence to the Geneva Convention.
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Complicating the mix is American Navy Commander Shears Holden , a cynic who thinks Nicholson is insane for his dogged dedication to the rules in a clearly lawless situation. Shears escapes, only to find himself recruited by a British commando unit charged with detonating the bridge. The production ruffled a lot of feathers—the British resented their depiction in the film and many deemed it anti-British Alec Guinness included.
The nightly news, such as it was on the twelve inch black and white Admiral and Stromberg-Carlson vacuum-tube powered television sets was sure to include stories about never-ending ongoing ramifications of the great war that ended in a mushroom cloud some five years earlier. Whenever one went to a movie theater to catch a Bogart-Bacall adaptation of a Hemingway novel or a Disney animation, either before or after the requisite cartoon, the audience was shown a newsreel clip of the most pressing world events.
Repeatedly and often. With plenty of commentary, mostly laudatory, filled with American pride and jingoism, but sometimes shaded with ominous cautions. In the aftermath of World War II, the cinemas were booked with one war film after another, supposedly depicting the accurate accounts of history and the American heroism that single-handedly won the war, beating both Germany and Japan while they incessantly cheated and we played fair.
The Russians? Oh, they did their bit using the vast armory of weapons given to them free of charge by the beneficent United States. So many Merchant Marine ships fell prey to Unterseebooten to bail out the Russkies and their dictator who, turns out, was even worse than der Fuehrer himself. So there, we saved Russkie asses as well as the rest of the world. The last Indiana Jones release did a marvelous parody of such a test, even having the hero survive the blast at ground zero by hiding in a refrigerator.
It might even have been lead-lined, though lead does have a melting point much lower than the thermal radiation released from the nuclear chain reaction. I just mean dads who were mostly professional scientists or engineers. Guys who swooned over the prognostications of Werhner von Braun and his illustrator Willy Ley. Just look at that line-up of talent, never before and possibly never again so much raw human intelligence focussed on bringing one precise reality into being: the destructive force of nuclear fission, and, later, of nuclear fusion.
Not to drag the tale out too long, but dear old dad was an engineer who glommed onto some Trinitite which he gave to me for Christmas before it became illegal to possess back in Trinitite is the name given to the sand that was fused to green glass by the first nuclear blast at the Trinity test site back in He also gave me a primitive fluorscope to visualize the scintillations resulting when the residual radioactive elements in the mineral break down.
After 75 years much of the radioactivity has dissipated relating to the individual half-lifes of the isotopes. I sure do hope the other stuff was really harmless, as that chunk of Trinitite was kicked around our house until it totally crumbled back into sand and became embedded in carpeting and other fabrics all around the house. Though I think the carcinogenicity of the asbestos wrapping the coal furnace down in the basement of our apartment building and all the hot water and radiator pipes throughout the building were a bit more dangerous.
That and the lead paint covering every surface. Nobody thought about such things back then. If you developed cancer, you just tried to walk it off or cough up the tumor with a bracing whack to your back. Them were the days. Americans loved the bomb, as long as it was our bomb, and seemed willing to use it. We had our stash of canned goods, bottled water drawn right from our taps, and presumably several feet of building rubble overhead our basement shielding us from that pesky fallout.
The U. Army would certainly show up and save us all by the next day. Maybe even have the power re-connected by then. You were a lucky one! No boob tube in my house until I was twelve, so I was forced to build a library, and read.
I did, occasionally, however, spend time with one of the lucky kids, but there were only two channels to choose between. Later, I learned that both shut down at midnight and reativated at seven pee em. Twice a year we got to watch the same two films at school. One was about the Nazi atrocities, which was augmented by lessons about Evil Russia, having the effect that many of my classmates came to confuse the two.
A confusion which I note continues to this very, and has even afflicted later generations. I certainly did not want to be on the receiving end of such a thing. The excitement of Tee Vee, was rather short-lived, because the best stuff was, always, ON after my bedtime, except on weekends.
It also made less a demand on imagination unless the snow was thick. Everything was black and white.
Color was not even dreamt of, then. It wasnT missed. I vividly recal Edward R. All in all, however we, many of us, lived in a time rather idyllic, even though many did not, even in this country, though I did not know that at the time. Thank you, Realist for rekindling images of a time and sense of innocence and excitement, long gone. Thanks for the reminder, Caitlin, and for the links.
Much truth here, but one must counter arguments for nuclear balance mutually assured destruction MAD and first-strike-only balance, as preferable to the massive conventional wars that killed tens of millions in the 20th century. So I suggest some form of UN to ensure peace, a significant design and verification task. Major weapons systems would eventually have to be given to it by great powers, which if possible would take generations to build sufficient confidence.
The major problem there, apart from the bad faith and poor design ability of politicians, is that such a UN would have to be far more incorruptible than any present government, eliminating the ability of states and non-state actors to control it with social, economic, military, or information power.
Present governments are obsessed with corruption as a tool, and would not give power to such an entity. Likely we would need a full century of worldwide peace and lack of aggression to gain support for any such idea, and future fearmongers would prevent success. So that peaceful period must be attained without a superior military power above all nations. It is unfortunate but unsurprising that a fundamentally tyrannical culture built nuclear weapons first. One of the many tragic effects of not adapting the US Constitution to changing times, until democracy was lost to economic oligarchy.
One could go on with examples of the atrocities and lies committed by the supposed allies, but rather turn to more recent lies: The DPRK had met all of its commitments under the Framework agreement, when 8 years later, the US had met none of its own commitments. The US had made no progress towards supporting the provision of the promised light water reactors to replace them.