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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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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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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

When Yuri first enters the lobby of the hotel in Monrovia, there are two men in front of the television and making comments about it. They are watching O.J. Simpson's murder trial, which places the action somewhere in October of 1995. See more »

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After Yuri's plane is forced to land in Sierra Leone, there is a scene in which a machete is held to his throat while he is being threatened by INTERPOL agents. The position of the blade against his neck moves back and forth between shots. See more »

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Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] I paid a Monrovian doctor twenty dollars to remove the lead from Vitaly's body, write a bogus death certificate. I should've paid more, because I've smuggled millions of rounds of ammunition and the bullet that lands me in prison was found under my dead brother's rib. Jack Valentine finally got what he wanted.
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Referenced in 10 pelis (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ride of the Valkyries
(1870) (uncredited)
from "Die Walküre"
by Richard Wagner
In the score at the Berlin Arms Fair
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A Surprising Morality Tale
9 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was really surprised that Hollywood was able to tackle a huge moral morass like the black market arms trade and leave the moral issues in the audience's lap. Yuri (played by Nicholas Cage) goes to work in a particularly ugly world. When he says that he's had a bad day at the office, you can be pretty sure that someone has been shot or blown up. At any event, what I liked about this picture was that although Yuri obviously has some moral issues to wrestle with, he does so on his own terms, and we are left to figure out the rights and the wrongs. Since most movie-goers don't like to leave a movie with food for thought, this picture may not play very broadly in theaters, but I hope it gets a good audience on video. I also though that Jared Leto was wonderful as Yuri's tragically addicted and unhappy brother.


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