History Film / ThreeKings

28th Mar '18 7:23:22 PM TheBigBopper
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* BadassCrew Semi-Subverted with the four Americans. Although they ''are'' trained soldiers and they are being led by a Special Forces officer, much of their success comes from the fact that they are going up against an Iraqi army that has already surrendered to them, and thus are no threat to them.

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* BadassCrew Semi-Subverted BadassCrew: Downplayed with the four Americans. Although they ''are'' trained soldiers and they are being led by a Special Forces officer, much of their success comes from the fact that they are going up against an Iraqi army that has already surrendered to them, and thus are no threat to them.
7th Mar '18 1:36:19 AM TheWanderer
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* AntiVillain: In contrast to the usual Hollywood depiction of Arab villains. Säid lacks any of the sadistic tendencies that are common in similar films and is instead shown as a family man who only joined Saddam's army in order to provide for his wife and child. [[spoiler:Which makes it all the more tragic when we learn that his wife and child were killed in a bombing during the war,]] and makes his hatred of the United States more easy to understand.

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* AntiVillain: In contrast to the usual Hollywood depiction of Arab villains. Säid lacks any of the sadistic tendencies that are common in similar films and is instead shown as a family man who only joined Saddam's army in order to provide for his wife and child. [[spoiler:Which makes it all the more tragic when we learn that his wife was maimed and child were his son was killed in by a bombing bomb during the war,]] and makes his hatred of the United States more easy to understand. understand.



* BadassCrew Semi-Subverted with the four Americans. Although they ''are'' trained soldiers and they are being led by a Special Forces officer, much of they're success comes from the fact that they are going up against an Iraqi army that has already surrendered to them, and thus are no threat to them.

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* BadassCrew Semi-Subverted with the four Americans. Although they ''are'' trained soldiers and they are being led by a Special Forces officer, much of they're their success comes from the fact that they are going up against an Iraqi army that has already surrendered to them, and thus are no threat to them. them.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: On they're way to the gold bunker Conrad laments how none of them got to see any action during the war. Major Gates then pulls over the humvee to show them the charred corpse of an Iraqi soldier who was killed by a bombing. In order to give the troops a first hand look of what "action" looks like.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: On they're their way to the gold bunker Conrad laments how none of them got to see any action during the war. Major Gates then pulls over the humvee to show them the charred corpse of an Iraqi soldier who was killed by a bombing. In order to give the troops a first hand look of what "action" looks like.



--> '''Iraqi soldier:''' Look they are butchers covered in blood!

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--> '''Iraqi -->'''Iraqi soldier:''' Look they are butchers covered in blood!



* DeadlyGas: Averted; the chemical agent Saddam's army uses in they're gas attack against the Americans turns out to be non-lethal tear gas. However it still proves effective enough to derail their escape plan and for [[spoiler:Troy to be captured in the ensuing chaos.]]

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* DeadlyGas: Averted; the chemical agent Saddam's army uses in they're their gas attack against the Americans turns out to be non-lethal tear gas. However it still proves effective enough to derail their escape plan and for [[spoiler:Troy to be captured in the ensuing chaos.]]



* FantasticRacism: Of all the American soldiers Conrad seems to be the least racially tolerant of the bunch. It's this trait that gets him into a number of heated arguments with his black squadmate Elgin. Although his attitude towards race may have more to do with ignorance as oppose to any malice on his behalf.



* InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy: Troy suffers from pneumothorax (collapsed lung) so his comrades have to puncture his lung to give him tension release.
* IntrepidReporter: Adriana Cruz. The no nonsense reporter who Major Gates is forced to babysit. Unfortunately for her, her escort is caught giving away her stories to rival reporter Cathy Daitch in exchange for sex. And is later sent on a false lead, by Major Gates in order to keep her off his back.

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* InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy: Troy suffers from pneumothorax (collapsed lung) so his comrades have to puncture his lung chest to give him tension release.
* IntrepidReporter: Adriana Cruz. The no nonsense reporter who Major Gates is forced to babysit. Unfortunately for her, her escort is caught giving away her stories to rival reporter Cathy Daitch in exchange for sex. And is later sent on a false lead, by Major Gates in order to keep her off his back.



* MajorlyAwesome: Subverted to a degree with Major Gates. Although he ''is'' a decorated Special Forces officer who is serving with Delta Force. He's also lecherous, apathetic, crass, and overall not what one imagines when they think of a fabled officer.

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* MajorlyAwesome: Subverted to a degree with Major Gates. Although he ''is'' a decorated Special Forces officer who is serving with Delta Force. He's Force, he's also a lecherous, apathetic, crass, and overall rather crass burnout case who seems disillusioned with both the military and his life. Overall not what one imagines when they think of a fabled officer. officer.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: The main characters are heard ''constantly'' using various deragotary slurs directed at arabs (dune coon, sand nigger,towelhead etc.) with no one( save for Chief Elgin) so much as batting an eye. Which could very well have been TruthInTelevision, considering the time period and non PC attitude of the military.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: PoliticallyIncorrectHero:
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The main characters are heard ''constantly'' using various deragotary slurs directed at arabs (dune coon, sand nigger,towelhead etc.) with no one( save one (save for Chief Elgin) so much as batting an eye. Which could very well have been TruthInTelevision, considering the time period and non PC attitude of the military.military.
* Conrad seems to be the least racially tolerant of the main characters, and this trait that gets him into a number of heated arguments with his black squadmate Elgin. Although his attitude towards race seems to have more to do with ignorance as opposed to any malice.



* PunchClockVillain: It's explicitly stated that the Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers are only working for Saddam to provide for their families, and know full well what will happen to them if they were to fail Saddam.

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* PunchClockVillain: It's explicitly stated that the Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers are only working for Saddam to provide for their families, and are then TrappedInVillainy because they know full well what will happen to them if they were to fail Saddam.



* TotallyRadical: A minor example. During the torture scene, Saïd continually refers to Troy as "my main man," and at one point refers to torture as a "big bummer." Both are rather dated slang for a movie set in the first Gulf War. Justified, as the phrase was fairly common when he probably learned English.

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* TotallyRadical: A minor example. During the torture scene, Saïd continually refers to Troy as "my main man," and at one point refers to torture as a "big bummer." Both are rather dated slang for a movie set in the first Gulf War. Justified, as the phrase was fairly common when Justified in two ways, first because he probably learned English.English during the Iran-Iraq war, (which ran from 1980-88) when it was likely still in style, and second there's a chance that he is deliberately mocking Barlow and the US in general.



* WhatTheHellHero: The Iraqi refugees completely chew out the American soldiers for the damage that they and they're military have done to their country. And demand to know where is "Bush and his great army" now that they need them the most.

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* WhatTheHellHero: The Iraqi refugees completely chew out the American soldiers for the damage that they and they're their military have done to their country. And demand to know where is "Bush and his great army" now that they need them the most.



** [[spoiler: Troy Harlow has returned to his wife and daughter, and decides to leave behind his career in the military in favor of opening up a carpet store in Detroit.]]

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** [[spoiler: Troy Harlow Barlow has returned to his wife and daughter, and decides to leave behind both his career in office job and the military in favor of opening up a carpet store in Detroit.]]
4th Feb '18 3:49:39 AM eroock
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* InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy: Troy suffers from pneumothorax (collapsed lung) so his comrades have to puncture his lung to give him tension release.
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.
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