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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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Andrew Niccol

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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 movie 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 neighborhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 1990s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. This movie also charts his relationship through the years with his younger brother, his marriage to a famous model, his relentless pursuit by a determined INTERPOL 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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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In the scene where Yuri, Vitaly, and Andre's son are traveling to Sierra Leone, Jared Leto's tattoo representing his band '30 Seconds To Mars' is clearly visible on his right arm. In no other scenes is this tattoo visible. See more »

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Yuri Orlov: [Narrating] Most people are happy just get out of jail, I expect to be paid to leave but I was back: doing what I do best
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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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For What It's Worth
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Another powerful well-made political drama with an excellent story and a powerful performance by Nicolas Cage
16 September 2005 | by MovieManMenzelSee all my reviews

"Lord of War" is about a man named Yuri (Nicolas Cage) who in the early 80's decides that he doesn't want to just work in a restaurant for the rest of his life and decides that instead he wants to be an arms dealer. Once he makes his first sale, Yuri is hooked on the feeling of making big money for selling firearms, and continues to sell the firearms but he wants more and more of a profit and more and more of a challenge. It's not until an Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke) is hot on Yuri's case that he begins to question the nature of his business and whether what he is doing for a living is moral and if he should be responsible for the hands these weapons get into and what they are used for. A powerful performance by Nicolas Cage, as well as a great thought-provoking movie ensues… I love movies like this one for a few reasons. The main reason is that for the most part you can't predict what is going to happen next or where the film is going. Another reason I like movies like this is because it's powerful and its makes you think. And lastly I like a movie like this because it doesn't end in a typical way and actually leaves you feeling blown-away and surprised.

The filmed starred Nicolas Cage who lately has done of some the best work of his career. His performance here is top-notch and powerful. There are so many other people in the film including Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Ethan Hawke and Bridget Moynahan to name a few who are also very good at the roles they played. This film is written and directed by Andre Niccol the same man who wrote "The Terminal" and "The Truman Show" so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised by why I actually liked this film so much, it had a good lead actor and a good screenwriter.

I guess this movie all comes down to how open minded the movie-goers who see this are. I guess it also amounts to where you stand on the political fence. The film is not for those who don't have an open mind about things that are going on in the world today. The movie is based on true events so be warned that some of things shown in the film are happening in real life or did happen at one point in time. To be honest, I do believe what the film states in the end, it doesn't seem at all far fetched. It's like Yuri says in the film "it's not our war and no matter what we do we can't stop it" and that's true it's like smoking kills people every day but there are people who run cigarette companies everyday knowing that they are killing people every single day and getting people addicted to something that in the end will kill them. Is that moral? What can we do to stop it? These are questions this film asks and leaves it to the viewer to decide on.

So in the end, this movie isn't for everyone. In a sense this film is kind of like the movie "Blow" because it's about a man who feels his life isn't complete without selling something that is bad. He has everything he could ever want but still needs to sell the firearms. It's an amazing and powerful story which I feel really puts things in perspective as far as us Americans look at things. Nicolas Cage's performance is incredible as he seems to not care at all for the people's lives he puts at stake every day and when it comes to his own life he still seems unemotional and doesn't seem to worry. Personally I think this is one of the best film's of year and is in fact just as good as the other political drama currently released called "The Constant Gardner" so if you have an open mind about things and enjoy movies that will make you think, well check out "Lord of War" because it's well worth the price of admission at the theater.

MovieManMenzel's final rating for "Lord of War" is a 9/10.


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