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War Dogs (2016)

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Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

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Todd Phillips

Writers:

Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... David Packouz
Steve Lantz Steve Lantz ... Security Guard
Gregg Weiner Gregg Weiner ... Massage Client
David Packouz ... Singer at Hilldale Home
Eddie Jemison ... Hilldale Home Manager
Julian Sergi ... Rosen
Daniel Berson ... Rabbi
Jonah Hill ... Efraim Diveroli
Edson Jean ... Drug Dealer
Daimion Johnson ... Drug Dealer (as Damion Johnson)
Bethuel Fletcher Bethuel Fletcher ... Drug Dealer
Ana de Armas ... Iz
Kevin Pollak ... Ralph Slutsky
Gabriela Alvarez Gabriela Alvarez ... Club Girl
Dan Bilzerian ... Dan Bilzerian
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Storyline

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. Written by Warner Bros

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An American dream. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Arabic | Albanian | Romanian

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Dudes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,685,305, 19 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,017,433, 16 October 2016
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The real Efraim Diveroli declined to meet with Jonah Hill. Hill said "I'm used to it. If a person is aggressively against me playing them, it's probably a good sign." See more »

Goofs

The hotel "International" where Packouz is sitting is not in Albania, it is in the center of Bucharest, Romania. See more »

Quotes

David Packouz: I thought you said that you sold like seized weapons to gun nuts on the internet.
Efraim Diveroli: Not anymore. Now I only sell to one gun nut.
David Packouz: Oh yeah? Which one?
Efraim Diveroli: The U.S military, motherfucker!... Wanna do a bong hit?
["Jump Around" by House of Pain comes on]
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Funk #49
Written by Joe Walsh (as Joseph Walsh), Dale Peters and Jim Fox (as James Fox)
Performed by James Gang (as The James Gang)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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war is a business, and we're the commodity
30 November 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I don't know enough about the original story to determine the accuracy of Todd Phillips's "War Dogs", but it's an enjoyable movie. The tricks pulled by David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli just go to show that the people in the business of weapons have no principles (even violating arms embargoes). They're out to make money by any means necessary. To be certain, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq proved quite profitable for weapons manufacturers. The mistake that Packouz and Diveroli made was getting caught.

It's not a masterpiece, but it does a respectable job showing the degrees to which these types go to enrich themselves. A very slimy world indeed.


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