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Lord of War (2005)

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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:
Shake Tukhmanyan ...
Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
Jean-Pierre Nshanian ...
Ukrainian Mobster
Ukrainian Mobster
Ukrainian Mobster
Stewart Morgan ...
Ukrainian Mobster
Jasper Lenz ...
Stephen Gregor ...
Eli Kurtzman
Kobus Marx ...
Stephan De Abreu ...


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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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 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Antonov An-12 airplane number 9Q-CIH filmed in the movie was owned by a Russian citizen Evgeny Zakharov. On January 8, 2005, the plane crashed at Bukalaza, Uganda, all six crew members were killed. The plane departed Entebbe airport for its destination Kinshasa. It was reportedly carrying humanitarian relief items. See more »


When Yuri is in Lebanon, talking about how he got his first break there, he is shown stopping to look at a Kool's cigarettes billboard. Lebanon has never had that brand of cigarettes. See more »


Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] Every faction in Africa calls themselves by these noble names - Liberation this, Patriotic that, Democratic Republic of something-or-other... I guess they can't own up to what they usually are: the Federation of Worse Oppressors Than the Last Bunch of Oppressors. Often, the most barbaric atrocities occur when both combatants proclaim themselves Freedom Fighters.
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Great Movie -- Similar to "The Godfather"
16 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

This was a great movie. Cage delivered on the "anti-hero" - a 21st century "Corleone".

The locations were cool and "spectacular". From a visual standpoint this movie really does take you around the world. New York, Russia, Libya, Libera, etc. This movie is shot very, very well.

The pacing of the movie is brisk, the scenes aren't morose. Like Platoon, this movie doesn't glamorize or demonize situations. A guy who sells weapons for a living meets some violent people in some violent places. The visual style is breathtaking . . .

What I like best is, no characters in the movie are "romanticized". There are no "good guys". One could make the case that there are no "bad guys" as well I suppose. There are people who do bad things for reasons you don't understand. There are people who do nothing when they should do something for reasons you don't understand. Its a pretty accurate depiction of real life :)

I think I might have rated the movie 8.5, if there were any other movies at all about this topic that were anywhere in its league. If you make a great "Legally Blond", that's nice. If you make a great movie about arms trading with a sold antihero and supporting characters, I figure you get "extra credit".

I think you're a fool if you miss this movie. Its not about Iraq. Its not particularly political. This movie could have been made under any president in the last 100 years and been just as accurate. Its not particularly anti-gun. Its just about this guy who sells guns.

On the other hand, don't take people to this movie if they can't handle violence or movies that aren't designed to make them "feel good" when they walk out. This is a good movie, its interesting, its intelligent, its important -- but its not Ferris Buellers Day Off or Spinal Tap.

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