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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:
Nicolas Cage ... Yuri Orlov
Bridget Moynahan ... Ava Fontaine
Jared Leto ... Vitaly Orlov
Shake Tukhmanyan Shake Tukhmanyan ... Irina Orlov (as Shake Toukhmanian)
Jean-Pierre Nshanian Jean-Pierre Nshanian ... Anatoly Orlov
Jared Burke ... Ukrainian Mobster
Eric Uys ... Ukrainian Mobster
David Shumbris ... Ukrainian Mobster
Stewart Morgan Stewart Morgan ... Ukrainian Mobster
Jasper Lenz Jasper Lenz ... Gregor
Stephen Gregor Stephen Gregor ... Eli Kurtzman
Kobus Marx Kobus Marx ... Boris
Stephan De Abreu Stephan De Abreu ... Liev
Jeremy Crutchley ... Arms Fair Salesman
Ian Holm ... 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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Taglines:

He Sells Guns... And He's Making A Killing. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug use, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany | France

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El señor de la guerra See more »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

As Orlov's cargo plane is being intercepted over Sierra Leone, it is repeatedly referred to as "Charlie Echo India," supposedly the phonetic call letters for an aircraft with the registration CEI. However, the registration on the side of the cargo plane clearly has the last three letters CIH, which would be referred to as "Charlie India Hotel" in the alphabet. See more »

Quotes

Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] Of course the U.S. army got a piece of the action army salaries were no better in the eighties than they are today and some of the brass like Lieutenant Colonel Southern needed to raise money for their own "private wars."
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits roll a message appears stating that the top 5 sellers of arms in the world are China, Russia, the UK, USA, and France - all of whom make up the permanent five members of the UN security council. See more »

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Referenced in The Best Way to Die Hard (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Diarabi
(2000)
Written by Issa Bagayogo and Yves Wernert
Performed by Issa Bagayogo
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Lord of War is the Lord of Movies this year.
20 September 2005 | by SeminolePhenomSee all my reviews

Yuri Orlov(Nicolas Cage) tells his humorous, disturbing, and tragic story of coming from nothing to becoming the greatest gun-runner in the world.

Lord of War could not have been made better. The narration by cage was not only hysterical but when needed to be, emotional. The acting was the best this year. Cage showed me that he could find a character that actually fit him and the supporting cast with Jared Leto and Bridget Moynahan was incredible. I have never seen a movie that was so funny and so dramatic since my viewing of American Beauty.

The writing was beautiful. There is nothing more to say about it. It was just B-e-a-t-i-f-u-l. The movie is also very entertaining which can't be said about most dramatic movies but then again this movie is more than just dramatic, it's in it's own category! The story is gripping and makes you want Cage to succeed in his illegal actions after you have seen the other side of his criminal lifestyle. It characterizes every day warlords to the point where you understand them and sympathize for them and maybe even blame the American government due to fact that it is based on actual events. Overall, the movie was incredible and honestly one of the best this year.

I highly recommend this movie.


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