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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Yuri Orlov
... Ava Fontaine
... Vitaly Orlov
Shake Tukhmanyan ... Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
Jean-Pierre Nshanian ... Anatoly Orlov
... Ukrainian Mobster
... Ukrainian Mobster
... Ukrainian Mobster
Stewart Morgan ... Ukrainian Mobster
Jasper Lenz ... Gregor
Stephen Gregor ... Eli Kurtzman
Kobus Marx ... Boris
Stephan De Abreu ... Liev
... Arms Fair Salesman
... Simeon Weisz
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Storyline

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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Where There's A Will, There's A Weapon. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

The character Colonel Oliver Southern is a reference to Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, who was tried (and ultimately pardoned) for selling arms to Iran to raise money to support the Contra movement in Nicaragua. See more »

Goofs

When Ava confronts Yuri about his real occupation, she is seen naked from behind. She then slips on a bathrobe. Shortly afterward she is seen kneeling in front of Yuri while he is sitting on a sofa, and it appears that she is wearing underwear (bra and panties) beneath the robe. See more »

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Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] I sell to leftists, and rightists. I sell to pacifists, but they're not the most regular customers. Of course, you're not a * true internationalist until you've supplied weapons to kill your *own* countrymen.
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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 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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