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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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The first and most important rule of gun-running is: never get shot with your own merchandise. See more »

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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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Budget:

$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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Trivia

According to Andrew Niccol, the filmmakers worked with actual gunrunners in the making of the film. The tanks lined up for sale were real and belonged to a Czech arms dealer who had to have them back to sell to another country. They used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns. See more »

Goofs

When narrating the story about early stages of his business in 1980s, Yuri Orlov mentions that he has carried several passports at that time, including the Ukrainian passport. Ukraine didn't get to issue its own passports until 1992. See more »

Quotes

Andre Baptiste Sr.: Welcome to Democracy!
Yuri Orlov: Democracy? What have you been drinking Andy?
Andre Baptiste Sr.: Heh, you have not seen the news. You know, they accuse me of rigging elections. But after this -
[holds up a newspaper with the headline "U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Recount Ruling"]
Andre Baptiste Sr.:
  • with your Florida and your Supreme Court of Kangaroos, now, the U.S. will shut up forever!



[laughs]
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Connections

References Bumbai (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Diarabi
(2000)
Written by Issa Bagayogo and Yves Wernert
Performed by Issa Bagayogo
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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