R | | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
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.
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.
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.
English, Ukrainian, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabic, Turkish
$9,390,144 18 September 2005