Three Kings

Three Kings takes place in Iraq/Kuwait just days after Operation Desert Storm. The story revolves around a small group of American soldiers, who, after peace has been declared, decide to steal the gold taken from Saddam Hussain as spoils of war. The three soldiers evolve from being selfish gold-diggers to saviors of Iraqi refugees. This moral high road costs them their careers, and in some cases their lives. The film documents the horrible treatment of Iraqi refugees by Hussein's army.

  • Starring: George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg
  • Director(s): David Russell
  • Producer(s): Charles Roven, Gregory Goodman
  • Screenwriter(s): John Ridley, David Russell
  • Distributor: Warner Brothers
  • Animal Coordinator: Bob Dunn, Mike Morris
  • Release Date: Friday, October 01, 1999

Featured Animal Action

A humvee carrying a few soldiers stops in the desert alongside the road. There is a dead body on the ground and a cow (a bull) stands in the background. They start to drive the humvee toward the cow to get him to back up. He backs up onto a land mine - there is a big cloud of dust and then an explosion. We see cow parts fly everywhere. The army guys are covered in blood and guts, and the cow's head falls onto the hood of the humvee. For the above scene both a live and a deceased cow were used. The deceased cow part was purchased from a cattle company where the animal had died of natural causes. The live cow was placed on its mark and cued to take a step backwards. The explosions were created with air mortars and dirt and positioned to explode away from the animal. The cow head seen hitting the humvee, was from the cattle company. All of the other cow parts were constructed of foam and fake blood. In another scene, a truck carrying milk to refugees is attacked and begins to leak milk. A dog is seen drinking milk off of the ground. A trained dog was placed on a mark and happily lapped up the milk when cued by the trainer. There is also a scene where a reporter comes upon a water hole in the desert that is filled with seeping oil. About five pelicans lie dead stuck in the oil. One pelican is still barely alive and struggles to get free of the oil - but it appears to be a lost cause. All the pelicans were rubber props that were controlled by the props department.