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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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Cast

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Shake Tukhmanyan ...
Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
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Ukrainian Mobster
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Ukrainian Mobster
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Ukrainian Mobster
Jasper Lenz ...
Gregor
Stephen Gregor ...
Eli Kurtzman
Kobus Marx ...
Boris
Stephan De Abreu ...
Liev
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Storyline

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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Where There's A Will, There's A Weapon. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The two characters most responsible for Yuri's arrest are Jack, the Interpol agent, and Ava, Yuri's wife. Jack and Ava are the names of the director's real children. His son had a role in this movie. See more »

Goofs

During Yuri's 'first break' in Beirut in 1984 the rifles he is selling are marked "AR-15A2", as can be seen during the close-up shot. US Peacekeepers had been using the M16A1, the full-auto military version of the AR-15. The Colt AR-15 is the civilian-market semi-auto version of the M16. The AR-15A2 model would not be available until 1986. See more »

Quotes

Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] Most people are happy just get out of jail, I expect to be paid to leave but I was back: doing what I do best
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Connections

Referenced in Chappie (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Cocaine
(1975)
Written by J.J. Cale
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Interesting film by a new starter, Andrew Niccol
14 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lord of War is about an arms dealer named Yuri Orlov who confronts the morality of his work while being chased by an Interpol agent. This is a very interesting film brought by director and writer of the film, Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). This is another great film of his that will boost up his career even more. Nicolas Cage puts up another great performance of the year and although his acting is very ostentatious, his narrating just like in The Weather Man, which came out a couple months later, is perfect. The dialogue is very good and the script couldn't be any better. Most of all, I clearly gave respect to Andrew Niccol, because honestly, he deserves the most credit out of any one who worked on the film. My hat goes off for him. Overall, great film of 2005 and I'll be paying more attention to Andrew Niccol's movies. I highly recommend it.

Hedeen's Outlook: 8.5/10 ***+ B+


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