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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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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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16 September 2005 (USA)  »

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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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The Berlin Arms Fair was filmed at the Thunder City airfield in South Africa. The two aircraft were an early Mk2 Buccaneer & a Hawker Hunter, both old timers in 82. See more »

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Both times Yuri takes Vitaly to rehab, the exact same close-up shot of Yuri's hand pouring cocaine out of a vile on to the arm rest of their limo is used. It is colored differently the second time it is used, but it is still the exact same shot. See more »

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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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Referenced in Evasion fiscale: Le hold-up du siècle (2013) 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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Great Movie -- Similar to "The Godfather"
16 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a great movie. Cage delivered on the "anti-hero" - a 21st century "Corleone".

The locations were cool and "spectacular". From a visual standpoint this movie really does take you around the world. New York, Russia, Libya, Libera, etc. This movie is shot very, very well.

The pacing of the movie is brisk, the scenes aren't morose. Like Platoon, this movie doesn't glamorize or demonize situations. A guy who sells weapons for a living meets some violent people in some violent places. The visual style is breathtaking . . .

What I like best is, no characters in the movie are "romanticized". There are no "good guys". One could make the case that there are no "bad guys" as well I suppose. There are people who do bad things for reasons you don't understand. There are people who do nothing when they should do something for reasons you don't understand. Its a pretty accurate depiction of real life :)

I think I might have rated the movie 8.5, if there were any other movies at all about this topic that were anywhere in its league. If you make a great "Legally Blond", that's nice. If you make a great movie about arms trading with a sold antihero and supporting characters, I figure you get "extra credit".

I think you're a fool if you miss this movie. Its not about Iraq. Its not particularly political. This movie could have been made under any president in the last 100 years and been just as accurate. Its not particularly anti-gun. Its just about this guy who sells guns.

On the other hand, don't take people to this movie if they can't handle violence or movies that aren't designed to make them "feel good" when they walk out. This is a good movie, its interesting, its intelligent, its important -- but its not Ferris Buellers Day Off or Spinal Tap.


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