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Lord of War (2005)

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol Agent.

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Cast

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Shake Tukhmanyan ...
Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
Jean-Pierre Nshanian ...
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Ukrainian Mobster
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Ukrainian Mobster
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Ukrainian Mobster
Stewart Morgan ...
Ukrainian Mobster
Jasper Lenz ...
Gregor
Stephen Gregor ...
Eli Kurtzman
Kobus Marx ...
Boris
Stephan De Abreu ...
Liev
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This film charts the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early 1980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to mobsters in his local neighbourhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 90s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. The film also charts his relationship through the years with his younger brother, his marriage to a famous model, his relentless pursuit by a determined federal agent and his inner demons that sway between his drive for success and the immorality of what he does. Written by davidgraham83@hotmail.co.uk

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The first and most important rule of gun-running is: never get shot with your own merchandise. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, drug use, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El señor de la guerra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,390,144 (USA) (18 September 2005)

Gross:

$24,149,632 (USA) (19 July 2012)
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No U.S. studio would back the film. International finances were secured instead. See more »

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Yuri's uncle Dmitri Orlov is introduced as a Major General and wears two stars on his shoulder boards. Although two stars means a Major General in the US military, in the Soviet/Russian Federation Army two large stars means a Lieutenant General, which is a higher rank than Major General. See more »

Quotes

Yuri Orlov: [narrating] At 4 1/2 months old, a human fetus has a reptile's tail; a remnant of our evolution. Maybe that's what I couldn't escape. You can fight a lot of enemies and survive. But if you fight your biology, you will always lose.
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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Money (That's What I Want)
(1959)
Written by Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy, Jr.) / Janie Bradford
Used by permission of Jobete Music Co., Inc., Stone Agate Music, A division of Jobete Music Co.,
Inc.
Performed by The Flying Lizards (as Flying Lizards)
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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story-telling perfection
18 September 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

A movie about a gunrunner who arms the dictators, tyrants, and genocide-perpetrators of the world should not be this deliciously funny. Lord of War is story-telling perfection. The opening scene depicts the life of a bullet, from its creation in the factory to the moment it blasts through the head of a poor African child. Nicolas Cage is Yuri Orlov, the son of Ukrainian immigrants, who becomes the world's most successful arms dealer. Writer/director Andrew Niccol took every major world conflict of the part 25 years and seamlessly incorporated them into a smart, funny, complex story about violence, corruption, and the essence of warfare. Lord of War has no clear-cut, black-or-white, good-or-evil "moral of the story," but no intelligent observation ever does. It's just a fabulous film. "I never sold to Osama Bin Laden," Yuri tells the audience. "Not on moral grounds, but because his checks were always bouncing back then."


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