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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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Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
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Ukrainian Mobster
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Ukrainian Mobster
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Ukrainian Mobster
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Gregor
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Eli Kurtzman
Kobus Marx ...
Boris
Stephan De Abreu ...
Liev
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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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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El señor de la guerra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,390,144, 18 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,149,632, 19 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,617,068, 19 July 2012
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Yuri Orlov is a composite of five real arms dealers. See more »

Goofs

In the Beirut scene, Vitaly draws a Beretta 92SB pistol. The 92SB was equipped with a hollow guide rod, so while it may appear to be missing the guide rod, it is there and the pistol would fire normally. See more »

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Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] the pillaging didn't die with my uncle. After the wall came down thirty two billion dollars worth of arms were stolen and resold from Ukraine alone: one of the greatest heists of the twentieth century. I did the bulk of my business in Liberia "land of the free," originally established as a homeland for freed American slaves and has been enslaved by one dictator after another, since then, the latest dictator is American educated self-declared president Andre Baptiste Sr.
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Written by Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap and Darren Milton
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Great Movie -- Similar to "The Godfather"
16 September 2005 | by 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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