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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
Jean-Pierre Nshanian ...
Stewart Morgan ...
Jasper Lenz ...
Stephen Gregor ...
Kobus Marx ...
Stephan De Abreu ...
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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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$24,127,895 (USA) (28 October 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kono, the name which the ship is changed to, is a diamond-rich area of Sierra Leone, name for a tribe that lives there. See more »


When Ava confronts Yuri about his real occupation, she is seen naked from behind. She then slips on a bathrobe. Shortly afterward she is seen kneeling in front of Yuri while he is sitting on a sofa, and it appears that she is wearing underwear (bra and panties) beneath the robe. See more »


[first lines]
Yuri Orlov: There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?
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Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley
Performed by Portishead
Courtesy of Go! Discs Ltd./Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Featuring a sample of "Ike's Rap III"
Written and Performed by Isaac Hayes
Courtesy of Stax Records/Concorde Music Group, Inc.
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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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