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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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Weston Cage: Nicolas 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 »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, after the scene changes from introduction to Ava Fontaine back to Brighton Beach in the 1980s, the car wreck that we see is of a 4th generation Toyota Camry which was produced from 1997-2001. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Peep Show: Mugging (2005) See more »

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Hallelujah
(1984)
Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Jeff Buckley
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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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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