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

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16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El señor de la guerra  »

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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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Trivia

According to Writer and Director Andrew Niccol, the filmmakers worked with actual gunrunners in the making of the film. The tanks lined up for sale were real, and belonged to a Czech arms dealer, who had to have them back to sell to another country. They used a real stockpile of over three thousand AK-47s, because it was cheaper than getting prop guns. See more »

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In the arms fair scene set in 1983, Yuri says that Weisz "sold" to both sides during the Iran-Iraq War. Weisz also speaks in the past tense when referring to that conflict. The actual time period of the war was 1980 to 1988, so the war was still going on in the timeframe of this scene. See more »

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Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] This was the chaos that the old guard had always feared as far as they were concerned I was giving arms dealers a bad name but then they could hardly report me to the Better Business Bureau, Ukraine wasn't the only former state with an unpaid army and stock piles of guns there was Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus it was all there for the taking
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Referenced in Paris-Manhattan (2012) See more »

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(2002)
Performed by Zino & Tommy (as Zino and Tommy)
Written by Haim Tzinovich (as Haim Zinowitch) and Tomer Biran (as Tommy Biran)
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Love Cat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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