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1999, Warner Bros., 114 min, Dir: David O. Russell

This virtuoso blend of action, drama and comedy stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube (along with noted director Spike Jonze in his acting debut) as soldiers in the waning days of the Gulf War. Discovering a map to stolen Kuwaiti gold, the men set off to steal it for themselves, only to wind up caught between Iraqi loyalists and rebels. Largely shot on transparency stock processed in color negative chemicals, THREE KINGS has a visual style that's as striking as its caustic take on warfare.

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