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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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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 Antonov An-12 airplane number 9Q-CIH filmed in the movie was owned by a Russian citizen Evgeny Zakharov. On January 8, 2005, the plane crashed at Bukalaza, Uganda, all six crew members were killed. The plane departed Entebbe airport for its destination Kinshasa. It was reportedly carrying humanitarian relief items. See more »

Goofs

Yuri's uncle Dmitri Orlov is introduced as a Major General and wears two stars on his shoulder boards. Although two stars means a Major General in the US military, in the Soviet/Russian Federation Army two large stars means a Lieutenant General, which is a higher rank than Major General. See more »

Quotes

Yuri Orlov: [voiceover] You don't have to worry. I'm not gonna tell you a pack of lies to make me look good. I'm just gonna tell you what happened.
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Referenced in Evasion fiscale: Le hold-up du siècle (2013) See more »

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Fade into You
(1993)
Written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
Performed by Mazzy Star
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television 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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