Three Kings

Continuity mistake: In one scene, some of Saddam's troops pour oil all over Mark Whalberg's face (while forcing him to bite down on a CD so it runs into his mouth) in an attempt to torture him. The next scene, when he is rescued, he has nothing but the requisite smudges and "movie dirt" on his face. Apparently the Iraqis decided to clean the oil slick off of his face before he got rescued.

Continuity mistake: Right after Troy and Chief try and pick up the luggage full of gold and it falls to the floor, Chief (Ice Cube) grabs what looks like a leather duffel bag and says something like, "these bags will hold about 65 pounds each." But in a previous post, someone said each of those gold bars would weigh about 75 lbs. So that means one bag, one bar.... (00:34:25)

Continuity mistake: When Ron takes off in a helicopter after his argument with Archie, Archie gets bothered by the wind. You can see that both his hands are empty, but when he covers his face with his hands he is holding a pair of sunglasses. (00:09:20)


Continuity mistake: Directly after Amir's wife is shot Amir runs and puts his tied-up arms around his daughter, holding her face-to-face. In the next shot the girl is turned around with her back towards him. (00:38:00)


Continuity mistake: When the soldiers are leaving the village the 1st time a man runs after the truck screaming to take him with and jumps on the truck. You can see others close to him. However, when the camera angle gives a long shot of the truck and village you can see there is no-one near the truck. (00:25:00)

Continuity mistake: After the milk truck is shot at the four protagonists dive away from a door to avoid the blast. In the next shot Archie lands meters away, far beyond jumping distance. Then they are swept back to the door by the resulting milk flood, and when Archie gets up it's again far away from the door, against the direction of the flood. (00:24:00)


Continuity mistake: When the Middle Eastern woman/mother is shot in the head by the Iraqi soldier the gun is about level with her temple but the blood spray comes from her upper cheek level. (00:37:35)

Continuity mistake: When you see Chief Elgin working at the baggage belt a suitcase pops open and stuff falls out. He throws everything into the lid, but when he closes it the lid is empty. (00:14:10)


Continuity mistake: When the soldiers are leaving the village the 1st time, a man runs after the truck screaming to take him with and jumps on the truck. Troy pushes him off wearing sunglasses, in the next shot he has no glasses visible. (00:25:05)

Continuity mistake: Just after they have loaded up the truck with the gold, Amir's wife is shot. When he runs over to meet his daughter at her mother's side he puts his arms around her, but in the next shot his hands are behind the little girl. There was no time for him to move them. (00:39:15)

Continuity mistake: When George Clooney is pointing his pistol at a guard in the bunker, the hammer is already cocked back (single action), but in the next shot, the hammer is down (double action) and he cocks it again.


Factual error: It is said in the film that Ice Cube's character works in an airport in Detroit. When the scene shows Ice Cube at work as a baggage handler, there are mountains in the background. There are no mountains in the Detroit area. (00:14:10)

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Archie Gates: You're scared, right?
Conrad Vig: Maybe.
Archie Gates: The way it works is, you do the thing you're scared shitless of, and you get the courage after you do it, not before you do it.
Conrad Vig: That's a dumbass way to work. It should be the other way around.
Archie Gates: I know. That's the way it works.

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Trivia: When the scene where the cow is blown up was threatened to be cut due to money constrictions George Clooney paid for the effect out of his own pocket feeling it important to the scene. He was right, the scene was wildly popular with audiences. (Source George Clooney Biography at


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