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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:

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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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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:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Weston Cage Coppola: Nicolas Cage's son is the young Mi-24 Hind helicopter mechanic Vladimir. In the movie, Yuri speaks to the mechanic in Russian: "Son, get off there before you get hurt." See more »

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When they are selling American weapons by the kilo, one of the guns on top of the pile has AR-15 stamped on it. The AR-15 is the civilian model, the military model should be stamped M-16. See more »

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Yuri Orlov: [encouraging Sierra Leonean natives to remove an illegal shipment from his cargo plane, which has been forced by Interpol to land on a dirt road] Guns, grenades, hooray! Bullets, guns, grenades! Yeah!
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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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For the US DVD release the aspect ratio of the film was changed to 1,78:1. A few weeks after the initial release the DVD was reissued with the film in its original aspect ratio of 2,35:1. See more »

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Performed by Zino & Tommy (as Zino and Tommy)
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Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Love Cat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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The Truth About Guns & Wars
16 September 2005 | by sirjonxoSee all my reviews

Many people might walk away from this one not feeling "entertained" because it's not your typical Hollywood thriller. It's not a "Feel Good" movie you should take a date on in the hopes of coming away high on life and hand in hand. It's a movie that'll make you think and might disturb the uninformed viewer who knows little about the politics of war.

This is a movie based on actual events (that means it's a movie that has some truth to it). From what I heard the director made quite a bit of research of the gun running world when creating this movie.

This movie takes a look at the gun running business through the story of one particular trafficker played by Cage. It goes through two decades of wars & conflicts and how the business and politics of gun running works. Cage is the middle man in that world, who navigates through it very professionally and coolly. Cage's character is made to be likable, but not a hero by any means.

Many people may think that this movie depicts certain cultures and races in a bad light, but if you know anything about history and keep up to date with world events you'll understand the truth behind these portrayals.

The movie is interesting because it is as close as to a realistic look to arms trafficking as Hollywood could produce without making a documentary. It's refreshing because of this.

I hope people see this movie because it very much shows the truth behind how wars are supplied and how the richest nations in the world have done this for the ultimate prize… that thing that makes the world go round – Money.

The movie as a whole is produced very well and the acting and cinematography is up to par with the type of film it is (as mentioned before, don't expect a big production Hollywood action flick).

Don't expect your typical Hollywood ending here either.

(I'd compare this movie with Buffalo Soldiers (2001) with Joaquin Phoenix)


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