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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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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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Weston CageNicolas Cage's son is the young Mi-24 Hind helicopter mechanic Vladimir. In the movie, Cage Sr. speaks to the mechanic in Russian: "Son, get off there before you get hurt." See more »


During the first scene in the restaurant kitchen (set during the Carter administration), a spice jar above the stove prominently features the recognizable black-and-white "Nutrition Information" block that didn't appear on products until the early 1990s. 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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References First Blood (1982) See more »


Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Jeff Buckley
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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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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