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Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

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Massage Client
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Singer at Hilldale Home
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Dan Bilzerian
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Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. Written by Warner Bros

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Hustling their way to the American Dream See more »

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Rated R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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19 August 2016 (USA)  »

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Arms and the Dudes  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,685,305 (USA) (19 August 2016)

Gross:

$43,017,433 (USA) (14 October 2016)
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Trivia

The Las Vegas gun convention David and Efraim attend is based on two real-life firearm conventions. Shot Show is a gun convention held in Las Vegas every year. The tanks, missiles, and equipment seen in the movie are at IDEX in Abu Dhabi - UAE. See more »

Goofs

When David and Efraim meet with Henri the arms dealer in Las Vegas, David's voiceover says "When Iraq hung Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity, rumor was Henri sold them the rope they used." The scene is set in mid-2006, and Saddam was executed in December 2006. However, David is providing an after-the-fact overview to the entire story. See more »

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Efraim Diveroli: [while impersonating an army officer to a weapons vendor on the telephone] You keep supplying the guns, we'll keep killing the bad guys. God bless you.
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Edited into Hollywood Express: Episode #14.34 (2016) See more »

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Carmen: L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Habanera)
Written by Georges Bizet
Performed by Maria Callas/Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française/Georges Prêtre
Courtesy of Warner Classics
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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It's good. Better than "fine" but not "great".
21 August 2016 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

Right off the bat the best part of this movie is the acting: Teller and Hill have great chemistry on screen. Jonah does a particularly good job at playing the "guy you love to hate". I can't attest to the faithfulness of their portrayal of the real life people since I don't know anything about them. The rest of the cast does a great job as well.

The marketing for this movie was, unfortunately, deceitful: the trailer made it out to be this upbeat, funny, over the top comedy - which it's not. In reality the movie has a much slower pace, not a lot of situational humor and is certainly not filled with hilarious quips (the bulk of which are in the trailer). This is not to say that the movie was bad or not at all funny, it just wasn't what I expected (and I am sure I'm not alone).

My final critique will go unnoticed for the majority of viewers but I found it personally offensive so I have to report it: some of the movie takes place in Albania, only the set for Albania is actually Romania. Which is fine, I understand that they probably did this for practical reasons and as a Romanian movie goer I just have to accept it (we all recognized it immediately though). However, at some point in the movie an "Albanian" woman says something, only she says it in Romanian. This may not seem like much but it totally took me out of the movie and ruined the experience for me. I find it completely unacceptable that they could not hire an Albanian to say those few lines. The two languages might seem interchangeable to the rest of the world, I am sure, but that was very much NOT the case for me and everyone else in the theater.

I am a paying movie goer as well and I expect to be just as entertained as everyone else. This is, of course, not the first time that I've seen this in a film. But when a producer does something like this it shows me that they don't respect their movie, so they can't expect me to.

My rating, however, is not based on this final bit of criticism. I gave it a 7/10 for slow pacing and lack of humor, which is the opposite of what I expected.

I'd still recommend it, just don't expect to be blown away.

After watching it for a second time I decided to change my original rating from 7/10 to 8/10, mainly because the acting is just great and I respect the fact that the movie made me think about it and made me want to see it again.


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