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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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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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Andrew Niccol, the filmmakers worked with actual gunrunners in the making of the film. The tanks lined up for sale were real and belonged to a Czech arms dealer who had to have them back to sell to another country. They used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns. See more »


When Yuri is in his apartment looking down out the window, you can see the Interpol truck is almost completely in the sun. In the next shot, when you see Jack stepping out of the truck, the entire truck is in the shade. 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 Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »


Written by Cheikh Lô (as Cheikh Lo) and Habib Faye
Performed by Cheikh Lô (as Cheikh Lo)
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Interesting film by a new starter, Andrew Niccol
14 February 2006 | by (United States) – 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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