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Three Kings

Director: David O. Russell Run Time: 114 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1999

Starring: George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg, Nora Dunn, Spike Jonze

National Security expert Bill Arkin and military analyst Tyler Rogoway will lead a discussion on Persian Gulf conspiracy caper THREE KINGS.

David O. Russell’s 1999 gore-filled but hilarious meditation about the first Gulf War might start with the greatest opening scene ever in depicting the chaos behind the “first CNN war.” Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Spike Jonze, and Ice Cube, it is loosely about a movie about war, Iraq, soldiering, and morality. The limousine scene at the culmination is priceless, as is the absurdity of greed and fear mixed in a caper by these American soldiers to steal Kuwait’s gold, which Saddam stole and secreted in southern Iraq. Nora Dunn plays a Christiane Amanpour clone that looks mighty prescient in conveying journalistic zeal and invitation to danger for the story.

Part of IT’S A CONSPIRACY series presented by Gawker Media.

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