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.




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

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16 September 2005 | opencad2
| Great Movie -- Similar to "The Godfather"
This was a great movie. Cage delivered on the "anti-hero" - a 21st century "Corleone".

The locations were cool and "spectacular". From a visual standpoint this movie really does take you around the world. New York, Russia, Libya, Libera, etc. This movie is shot very, very well.

The pacing of the movie is brisk, the scenes aren't morose. Like Platoon, this movie doesn't glamorize or demonize situations. A guy who sells weapons for a living meets some violent people in some violent places. The visual style is breathtaking . . .

What I like best is, no characters in the movie are "romanticized". There are no "good guys". One could make the case that there are no "bad guys" as well I suppose. There are people who do bad things for reasons you don't understand. There are people who do nothing when they should do something for reasons you don't understand. Its a pretty accurate depiction of real life :)

I think I might have rated the movie 8.5, if there were any other movies at all about this topic that were anywhere in its league. If you make a great "Legally Blond", that's nice. If you make a great movie about arms trading with a sold antihero and supporting characters, I figure you get "extra credit".

I think you're a fool if you miss this movie. Its not about Iraq. Its not particularly political. This movie could have been made under any president in the last 100 years and been just as accurate. Its not particularly anti-gun. Its just about this guy who sells guns.

On the other hand, don't take people to this movie if they can't handle violence or movies that aren't designed to make them "feel good" when they walk out. This is a good movie, its interesting, its intelligent, its important -- but its not Ferris Buellers Day Off or Spinal Tap.

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Did You Know?


In the opening scene of the bullet being manufactured and travelling along the conveyor into its box, the box in front of it has "Odessa, Ukraine" stamped on it. This is from whence Yuri's family came before settling in America.


Yuri Orlov: Vitaly, I've tasted your borscht. You're no fucking chef. I can eat in the restaurant for free and I still don't eat there.
Vitaly Orlov: Fuck you.
Yuri Orlov: We're doing nothing with our lives. I mean, this is shit! This is shit!
Vitaly Orlov: It's true. But maybe doing nothing's better ...


In order to camouflage his gun-running freighter, M/V "Kristol", Orlov has the name repainted as "Kono". However, this only happens on the stern. A vessel also has its name shown on both the starboard and port side of the bow, so the agents bringing up the vessel would still have identified the ship correctly. Furthermore, the stern of a ship also sports the home port, which also would have had to be changed for the "flag-change" ruse to work, but is nowhere to be seen in the movie.

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.


Performed by
Zino & Tommy (as Zino and Tommy)
Written by Haim Tzinovich (as Haim Zinowitch) and Tomer Biran (as Tommy Biran)
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Love Cat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group


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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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