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Lord of War (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  16 September 2005 (USA)
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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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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$148,101 (Chile) (24 November 2006)
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Trivia

Before shooting the scene where tanks were lined up for sale, the filmmaker had to warn NATO, lest they think a real war was being started when they see satellite images of the set. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, the cartridges being manufactured are shown packed loose into wooden crates, which is incorrect. In reality, the cartridges would be sorted, packaged into paper packets or cardboard boxes, sealed into larger "spam cans", and finally packaged into a wooden crate. See more »

Quotes

[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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References Belly (1998) See more »

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For What It's Worth
(1967)
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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A Surprising Morality Tale
9 October 2005 | by (North Hollywood, Clifornia) – See all my reviews

I was really surprised that Hollywood was able to tackle a huge moral morass like the black market arms trade and leave the moral issues in the audience's lap. Yuri (played by Nicholas Cage) goes to work in a particularly ugly world. When he says that he's had a bad day at the office, you can be pretty sure that someone has been shot or blown up. At any event, what I liked about this picture was that although Yuri obviously has some moral issues to wrestle with, he does so on his own terms, and we are left to figure out the rights and the wrongs. Since most movie-goers don't like to leave a movie with food for thought, this picture may not play very broadly in theaters, but I hope it gets a good audience on video. I also though that Jared Leto was wonderful as Yuri's tragically addicted and unhappy brother.


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