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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... David Packouz
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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Taglines:

Hustling their way to the 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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several Marvel movie actors appeared in this movie. Miles Teller (David Packouz) played Dr. Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) in Fantastic Four (2015), Bradley Cooper (Henry Gerard) as Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and Shaun Toub (Smuggler Marlboro) as Yinsen in Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 3 (2013). See more »

Goofs

A David Packouz voice-over says that they went to Rock Island, Illinois, for a big meeting with military procurement officers, and a few seconds later a caption reads "ROCK ISLAND ARMORY" as he and Efraim Diveroli walk down a long hallway. Rock Island Armory is a commercial entity owned by Arms Corporation of the Philippines, or Armscor. The military installation in Illinois is Rock Island Arsenal. See more »

Quotes

Efraim Diveroli: [while cutting through the line at the airport in Jordan with David] Sorry. Don't worry, I have to go first, I'm American.
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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Suicide Squad (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Waters Of Nazareth
Written by Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay
Performed by Justice
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. / Because Music
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Is that even legal??
1 September 2016 | by SpoilerAlertReviewsSee all my reviews

Hangover/Due Date director Todd Philipps makes a film base on the true story of young, entrepreneur gun-runners David Parkouz and Efraim Diveroli who managed to secure a ridiculous contract to supply arms to the afghan army via the pentagon.

Miles Teller plays the struggling and ambitious David who bumps into his childhood buddy Efraim played by Jonah Hill who is somewhat of the opposite, a loose cannon, fearless and a little trigger-happy. Now, Efraim has found himself a little niche in the market, the market of arms dealing and strikes up small deals with the US military. David needs a job to support his expecting girlfriend, the stunning Ana de Armas who looks a little like Penelope Cruz only more beautiful and has one of those exotic accents. Efraim sees an opportunity for David and the two team up to what leads to the deal of the century for all parties involved.

Now, the film has plenty of other film references most notably Scarface, even one of the promotional posters is a respectful nod to the DePalma/Pacino's film. But it's actually Lord of War Efraim is a huge fan of in real-life and it's probably more like Lord of War than Scarface, yet it has tinge of Pain & Gain, another crazy true story movie. Maybe it's Miami? But it has that vibrant and funny yet serious storytelling style that makes the film almost unbelievable and shocking.

The rest of the cast does include Bradley Cooper who also produced the film, playing the harden, borderline war-criminal, pretty much the Branson of the arms market and someone you don't really want to be messing with. There's Kevin Pollack playing the bankroll and an awesome cameo of venture capitalist playboy millionaire Dan Bilzerian.

It's accompanied by a great soundtrack with tracks from 50cent, Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, UB40 and CCR but the awesome score threw me completely thinking it was Harry Gregson-Williams or Steve Jablonski, no, it was Cliff Martinez with those ambient sounds.

The film is highly entertaining, funny in parts but this is not a comedy; its perfectly paced with some great scenes like the duo gun-running across the triangle of death and some nice camera work. However it's not to epic portions, not that it should put anyone off watching this, it's still a very watchable and enjoyable film and I don't think they could have done it any better.

Running Time: 8 The Cast: 8 Performance: 8 Direction: 8 Story: 8 Script: 8 Creativity: 8 Soundtrack: 9 Job Description: 8 The Extra Bonus Points: 5 for a slick story, good editing and a great score/soundtrack to boot.

78% 8/10


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