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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
Jean-Pierre Nshanian ...
Stewart Morgan ...
Jasper Lenz ...
Stephen Gregor ...
Kobus Marx ...
Stephan De Abreu ...
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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

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


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  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,390,144 (USA) (16 September 2005)


$24,127,895 (USA) (28 October 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicolas Cage's Yuri Orlov is largely based on the exploits of international arms dealer Viktor Bout, a former Soviet officer, who was finally arrested by Thai authorities in March 2008. Bout, known as the "Merchant of Death," was trying to make a deal with American agents who were posing as FARC insurgents when he was apprehended. After languishing in a Bangkok prison awaiting extradition by the US, he was tried, found guilty and awaits sentencing in a Manhattan prison. The quote from Orlov seems appropriate, "I know that just because they needed me that day didn't mean that they wouldn't make me a scapegoat the next." As a further reference, Orlov's father is named Anatoly just like Bout's father. See more »


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 »


[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 Brazil (1985) See more »


O, Little Town of Bethlehem
Music by Lewis H. Redner (uncredited)
P.D. Arrangement by Sidney James
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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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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