R | | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
The role of Archie Gates was originally written for Clint Eastwood, but Russell decided he wanted a younger actor. George Clooney aggressively pursued the role, but Russell wanted Nicolas Cage instead. But when Cage was cast in Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Russell settled for Clooney.
Are we shooting?
Troy Barlow: Are we shootin' people or what?
Soldier: Are we shooting?
Troy Barlow: That's what I'm asking you!
Soldier: What's the answer?
Troy Barlow: I don't know the answer! That's what I'm trying to find out!
When waving goodbye to the refugees as they cross into Iran, Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) holds up his left hand. This is an insult in many Muslim countries, to include Iraq, where the left hand is reserved solely for "bodily hygiene."
For Sergeant Major Jim Parker, 1946 - 1998
$15,847,636 (USA) (3 October 1999)