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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 overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... David Packouz
Steve Lantz Steve Lantz ... Security Guard
Gregg Weiner Gregg Weiner ... Massage Client
David Packouz 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 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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In 2005, David Packouz lives in Miami, Florida, working as a massage therapist and living with his girlfriend Iz. Desiring an additional source of income, David spends his life savings on high-quality Egyptian cotton sheets, planning to sell them to Miami retirement homes, but this venture fails to produce results. At a funeral for a friend, David runs into his high school best friend Efraim Diveroli, who had moved to Los Angeles some years prior to work with his uncle selling guns. Efraim has left his uncle and formed his own company, AEY, which fills orders for arms placed by the US government due to the ongoing war in Iraq. David's life takes another turn when his girlfriend informs him that she is pregnant. Efraim offers him a job at AEY, and even though David and Iz both vehemently oppose the war, David eventually agrees, telling his girlfriend that he has begun selling his cotton sheets to the US government through Efraim's contacts..

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Money, corruption and the American dream See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Todd Phillips previously directed Bradley Cooper in The Hangover trilogy. See more »

Goofs

It is true that before David Packouz worked with Efraim Deveroli, Packouz had a business selling bed sheets to retirement homes in Florida. However he did not sell the sheets directly to the retirement homes. Packouz bought the sheets from the manufacturer in Pakistan and sold them to the suppliers of the retirement homes. Unlike its portrayal in the movie, Packouz's business was moderately successful. See more »

Quotes

Efraim Diveroli: Everyone's fighting over the same pie and ignoring the crumbs. I live off crumbs.
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Featured in General Phillips: Boots on the Ground (2016) See more »

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The Passenger
Written by Iggy Pop and Ricky Gardiner
Performed by Iggy Pop
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC
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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Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,685,305, 21 August 2016

Gross USA:

$43,034,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,234,523
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