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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,390,144 (USA) (16 September 2005)

Gross:

$24,127,895 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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No US studios would back the film. International finances were secured instead. See more »

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When INTERPOL has Yuri and his uncle at gunpoint, asking for his papers, Jack Valentine asks whether the ship they met on before was named the Kono or the Kristol. Right after Yuri replies with a smart comeback, the INTERPOL agent to the left-hand side of Yuri supposedly cocks his gun telling him to "answer the question". The INTERPOL agent who supposedly cocks his gun has his right hand holding the gun, and clearly has his left hand on Yuri's shoulder while the gun is cocked. None of his hands could have cocked the gun. See more »

Quotes

Yuri Orlov: How are you brother?
Vitaly Orlov: I'm still the resident family fuck up.
Yuri Orlov: Someone has to be.
Vitaly Orlov: [Referring to Ava] She knows right? What you do, how you pay for all this? I didn't want to say anything.
Yuri Orlov: She doesn't have to know, she understands she's a survivor like me.
Vitaly Orlov: She maybe a survivor but she's not like you, she really doesn't know how you pay for all this?
Yuri Orlov: We don't talk about it. How many car salesmen talk about their work? How many cigarette salesmen talk about their work? Both their products kill more ...
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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Fade into You
(1993)
Written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
Performed by Mazzy Star
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Lord of war: Great film seeming to receive bad reviews by dense critics
17 September 2005 | by (United States, CA) – See all my reviews

I felt this movie & the actors/actresses did their parts at portraying the turmoils of a man unable to escape his addiction in a dog eat dog world. Nicholas Cage's role of a "gunrunner" sheds light to subjects otherwise not focused on by todays society. Too often do films dull down the truth of life. The term "speechless" comes to me when i think of what one word to describe this film. Cage does a wonderful job of keeping his guard up and showing how strong and selfless one must be to do what no one else will. Despite the graphic nature of the subject and reality behind how corrupt this world is; This movie is not the catalyst for out-lash. It's simply a great film. Blame the real world, not Hollywood.


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