Lord of War (2005)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an INTERPOL Agent.




  • Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto in Lord of War (2005)
  • Nicolas Cage and Eamonn Walker in Lord of War (2005)
  • Jared Leto in Lord of War (2005)
  • Nicolas Cage in Lord of War (2005)
  • Nicolas Cage and Eamonn Walker in Lord of War (2005)
  • Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto in Lord of War (2005)

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16 September 2005 | sirjonxo
| The Truth About Guns & Wars
Many people might walk away from this one not feeling "entertained" because it's not your typical Hollywood thriller. It's not a "Feel Good" movie you should take a date on in the hopes of coming away high on life and hand in hand. It's a movie that'll make you think and might disturb the uninformed viewer who knows little about the politics of war.

This is a movie based on actual events (that means it's a movie that has some truth to it). From what I heard the director made quite a bit of research of the gun running world when creating this movie.

This movie takes a look at the gun running business through the story of one particular trafficker played by Cage. It goes through two decades of wars & conflicts and how the business and politics of gun running works. Cage is the middle man in that world, who navigates through it very professionally and coolly. Cage's character is made to be likable, but not a hero by any means.

Many people may think that this movie depicts certain cultures and races in a bad light, but if you know anything about history and keep up to date with world events you'll understand the truth behind these portrayals.

The movie is interesting because it is as close as to a realistic look to arms trafficking as Hollywood could produce without making a documentary. It's refreshing because of this.

I hope people see this movie because it very much shows the truth behind how wars are supplied and how the richest nations in the world have done this for the ultimate prize… that thing that makes the world go round – Money.

The movie as a whole is produced very well and the acting and cinematography is up to par with the type of film it is (as mentioned before, don't expect a big production Hollywood action flick).

Don't expect your typical Hollywood ending here either.

(I'd compare this movie with Buffalo Soldiers (2001) with Joaquin Phoenix)

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Did You Know?


Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) was largely based on the exploits of international arms dealer Viktor Bout, a former Soviet officer, who was finally arrested by Thai authorities in March 2008. Bout, known as the "Merchant of Death", was trying to make a deal with American agents posing as F.A.R.C. insurgents when he was apprehended. After languishing in a Bangkok prison awaiting extradition by the U.S., he was tried and found guilty, and awaits sentencing in a Manhattan prison. The quote from Orlov seems appropriate, "I know that just because they needed me that day, didn't mean that they wouldn't make me a scapegoat the next." As a further reference, Orlov's father is named Anatoly, just like Bout's father.


Yuri Orlov: Despite the other women, I always made love to Ava as if she was the only one.


During Yuri's narration upon entering the hotel in Liberia he says, "In the most AIDS infested region of the globe, where one in four is infected ..." This is untrue for West Africa and particular for Liberia where since the identification of HIV, the prevalence rate has never reached 2%. In fact, in 1995, when Yuri is in Liberia, only 23 people in the entire country had tested positive for the virus. Even if the regional reference was meant to indicate the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the "one in four" statistic is still grossly overestimated as these high rates only exist in a few Southern Africa countries.

Crazy Credits

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.

Alternate Versions

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.


For What It's Worth
Written by
Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing


Plot Summary

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Action | Crime | Drama


Release Date:

16 September 2005


English, Ukrainian, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabic, Turkish

Country of Origin

USA, Germany, France

Filming Locations

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,390,144 18 September 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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