History Film / ThreeKings

16th Sep '17 5:29:49 PM nombretomado
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* YanksWithTanks: The American military in the Gulf War obviously.
2nd Sep '17 2:00:49 PM Frankencastle
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* OutrankingYourJob: At the start of the film, Major Gates' assignment is to babysit a single reporter.

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* OutrankingYourJob: At the start of the film, Major Gates' assignment is to babysit a single reporter. Which he already manages to screw up by trading the reporters stories to a rival reporter in exchange for sex.
21st Jul '17 11:30:26 AM Frankencastle
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-->'''Troy''': Would ya take those fucking this off already? They don't even work during the day!

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-->'''Troy''': Would ya take those fucking this things off already? They don't even work during the day!
21st Jul '17 10:16:50 AM Frankencastle
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* PatrioticFervor: Repeatedly and ''relentlessly'' subverted and satirized. Any and all portrayals of American patriotism are immediately turned on there head.



* WarIsHell: A more downplayed example. Although the film takes place ''after'' The Gulf War just ended and includes copious amounts of black comedy to offset the otherwise dark subject matter. The film isn't afraid to point out just ''how'' horrific some of the events during the war were. Such as when Major Gates shows the troops the charred remains of an Iraqi soldier who was buried alive, and goes on to explain some of the more ''gruesome'' tactics that were used by the military.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Ironically enough, one of the Iraqi rebels in the background can be seen wearing a rather jaunty looking American top hat not unlike the one worn by Uncle Sam.

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* WarIsHell: A more downplayed Downplayed example. Although the film takes place ''after'' The Gulf War just ended and includes copious amounts of black comedy to offset the otherwise dark subject matter. The film isn't afraid to point out just ''how'' horrific some of the events during the war were. Such as when Major Gates shows the troops the charred remains of an Iraqi soldier who was buried alive, and goes on to explain some of the more ''gruesome'' tactics that were used by the military.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Ironically enough, one of the Iraqi rebels in the background can be seen wearing a rather jaunty looking American top hat not hat. Not unlike the one worn by Uncle Sam.
4th Jul '17 1:28:44 PM Linda58
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* NeverTrustATitle: There are four main characters.

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* NeverTrustATitle: There are four main characters. [[spoiler: Given that one of them dies, maybe that's clever {{Foreshadowing}}.]]
11th Apr '17 10:04:06 AM Frankencastle
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** Major Gates' patches, Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces tabs (meaning he completed the Special Forces qualifications course), and overall appearance is exactly what a SF soldier would wear.
** In one scene Major Gates disarms an Iraqi soldier who was threatening a women with a knife, and the hand to hand combat that he uses is the same technique that is taught and used by real life Special Forces.

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** Major Gates' patches, patches; Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces tabs (meaning he completed the Special Forces qualifications course), and overall appearance is exactly what a SF soldier would wear.
** In one scene Major Gates disarms an Iraqi soldier who was threatening a women with a knife, and knife. And the hand to hand combat that he uses is the same technique that is taught and used by real life Special Forces.
23rd Dec '16 5:08:01 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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-->'''Troy''': Important enough to squeeze you're cheeks for.

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-->'''Troy''': Important enough to squeeze you're your cheeks for.
30th Oct '16 2:25:01 PM scaredinmate#94
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Sadly, the TV edit was a pretty big victim of this. As numerous edits had to be made in order for the film to be "acceptable" under the standards of basic TV. A few notable examples include.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Sadly, the TV edit was a pretty big victim of this. As numerous edits had to be made in order for the film to be "acceptable" under the standards of basic TV. Such as removing most of the swearing along with some of the more violent parts of the film. A few notable examples include.



* SergeantRock: Subverted with Sergeant First Class Troy Barlow. Although he ''is'' a trained and capable officer in his own right. He's every bit as fallible as the rest of his squad, and addresses his troops in a more polite, nonchalant manner, as oppose to the more stern and harsh way that is common for this trope. He also isn't exactly gung-ho about going into battle, and is the most reluctant about wanting to continue on with the heist after a botched first attempt.

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* SergeantRock: Subverted with Sergeant First Class Troy Barlow. Although he ''is'' a trained and capable officer Sergeant in his own right. He's every bit as fallible as the rest of his squad, and addresses his troops in a more polite, nonchalant manner, as oppose to the more stern and harsh way that is common for this trope. He also isn't exactly gung-ho about going into battle, and is the most reluctant about wanting to continue on with the heist after a botched first attempt.



** Quite possibly the crowning example of this trope is how the filmakers hired an actual anti-Saddam dissident who along with his brother had personally defaced over ''300'' of Saddam's murals during the Gulf War. And in a ironic twist his job was to paint the murals of Saddam that are seen throughoutthe film. Shown their work indeed.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Watching a pair of American commandos charging into a village with the Beach Boys blaring in the background is quite jarring to say the least.

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** Quite possibly the crowning example of this trope is how the filmakers hired an actual anti-Saddam dissident who along with his brother had personally defaced over ''300'' of Saddam's murals during the Gulf War. And in a ironic twist his job was to paint the murals of Saddam that are seen throughoutthe throughout the film. Shown their work indeed.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Watching a pair of American commandos soldiers charging into a village with the Beach Boys blaring in the background is quite jarring to say the least.
30th Oct '16 2:18:53 PM scaredinmate#94
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** Quite possibly the crowning example of this trope is how the filmakers hired an actual anti-Saddam dissident who along with his brother had personally defaced over ''300'' of Saddam's murals during the Gulf War. And in a ironic twist his job was to paint the murals of Saddam that are seen throughoutthe film. Shown their work indeed.
30th Oct '16 1:59:07 PM scaredinmate#94
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* Bowdlerise: Sadly, the TV edit was a pretty big victim of this. As numerous edits had to be made in order for the film to be "acceptable" under the standards of basic TV. A few notable examples include.
** The scene in which a cow steps on a cluster bomb and has it's guts sprayed all over the lead characters is completely omitted from most TV edits. Which creates a bit of a plot hole as the average TV viewer is left wondering as to why the four leads are suddenly covered in blood for no inexplicable reason.

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* Bowdlerise: {{Bowdlerise}}: Sadly, the TV edit was a pretty big victim of this. As numerous edits had to be made in order for the film to be "acceptable" under the standards of basic TV. A few notable examples include.
** The scene in which a cow steps on a cluster bomb and has it's guts sprayed all over the lead characters is completely omitted from most TV edits. Which creates a bit of a plot hole as the average TV viewer is left wondering as to why the four leads are suddenly covered in blood for no inexplicable reason. reason.
** The execution of the innocent Iraqi woman is either exempt or has the scene cut away before the gruesome part is shown. Robbing the scene of it's emotional impact.
** Quite possibly the most ''egregious'' omittion from the film is the scene in which Major Gates describes the dangers of sepsis poisoning complete with a graphic shot of a bullet showing the effects of said poisoning. A scene which plays an important part later on in the film when two of the characters are shot. With one being shot in the chest and the other one dying from the aforementioned poisoning.
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