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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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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) (18 September 2005)

Gross:

$24,149,632 (USA) (19 July 2012)
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Trivia

When it was released on DVD in the United States, the studio accidentally released it in 1.78:1. The correct aspect ratio is 2.35:1. See more »

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Although Yuri states that the thousands of assault rifles in the storage warehouse are AK-47s, they are actually Czechoslovakian SA Vz.58s, distinguished by the different butt-stocks. See more »

Quotes

Andre Baptiste Sr.: [Opening a crate full of guns, referring to the authorities] How do you do this? When their always watching all of my airspace?
Yuri Orlov: Where there's a will, there's a weapon. Where's my fucking money?
Andre Baptiste Sr.: When it is delivered
Yuri Orlov: It is delivered
Andre Baptiste Sr.: This is not for me
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Kill That
Performed by Sx-10 (as SX-10)
Written by Senen Reyes, Jeremy Fleener and Andy Zambrano
Courtesy of Latin Thug Records
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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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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