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Lord of War
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Produced by Nicolas Cage
Chris Roberts
Andreas Grosch
Written by Andrew Niccol
Starring Nicolas Cage
Bridget Moynahan
Ethan Hawke
Jared Leto
Eamonn Walker
Editing by Zach Staenberg
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release date(s) 16 September 2005
Running time 122 mins
Country USA USA
Language English, Russian, Spanish
Budget US$42 million
Gross revenue Domestic: $24,149,632
Worldwide: $72,617,068
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Lord of War is a 2005 film written and directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, with the DVD following on January 17, 2006 and the Blu-ray Disc on July 27, 2006. Cage plays the antiheroic protagonist, an illegal arms dealer with similarities to Russian arms dealers Viktor Bout[1][2][3] and Leonid Minin. The film was officially endorsed by the human rights group Amnesty International for highlighting the trafficking of weapons by the international arms industry.[4][5] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Andrew M. Niccol (born 1964) is a screenwriter, producer, and director. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is a computer game designer and programmer. ... Andrew M. Niccol (born 1964) is a screenwriter, producer, and director. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born September 21, 1970 in Binghamton, New York) is an American model and actress. ... Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer and film director. ... Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. ... Eamonn Walker (born June 12th 1962) is a British film, television and theatre actor. ... Zach Staenberg is an Academy Award winning film editor best known for the Matrix Trilogy. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Andrew M. Niccol (born 1964) is a screenwriter, producer, and director. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blu-ray Disc (also known as Blu-ray or BD) is an optical disc storage media format. ... is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... One of the few pictures of Viktor Bout known to exist. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Amnesty international Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization which defines its mission as to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience... A tower of confiscated smuggled weapons about to be set ablaze in Nairobi, Kenya Gunrunning, also known as arms trafficking, is trafficking in (smuggling) contraband weapons and ammunition. ... The AK-47 has been produced in greater numbers than any other assault rifle and has been used in conflicts all over the world. ...

Contents

Plot

The movie begins with Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) standing in a sea of spent shell casings. The rest of the movie is told in flashback, starting in 1982 and ending in the completion of the opening scene. The opening credits sequence shows a bullet being produced and going through various stages before getting fired through the head of a child soldier during a war in Africa. Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... The military use of children refers to children being placed in harms way in military actions, the desire being to protect a location or provide propaganda. ...


Through voiceover, Orlov describes how he first became an arms dealer. Yuri and his family came to United States from Ukraine when he was a young boy. His family pretends to be Jewish for favorable immigration conditions to escape the Soviets, and his father ends up becoming a de facto Orthodox Jew (explaining "I like the hat"). His family owns a restaurant, which Yuri sees as providing a necessity as people have to eat. After Yuri sees a Russian Mafia boss kill two would-be assassins, he decides to provide another necessity: guns. He begins his career by selling Uzis. VoiceOver is a feature built into Apple Computers Mac OS X v10. ... The Russian Mob or Mafia, Russkaya Mafiya, Red Mafia, Krasnaya Mafiya or Bratva (slang for brotherhood), is a name given to a broad group of organized criminals of various ethnicity which appeared in the former Soviet Union territories after its disintegration in 1991. ... The Uzi is a compact, boxy, light-weight submachine gun. ...


Yuri partners up with his brother Vitaly (Jared Leto). Before beginning his career, he approaches Simeon Weisz (Ian Holm), a seasoned arms dealer, at an arms convention with a business proposal. Weisz turns him down, dismissing Yuri as an amateur. When Yuri snarks that Weisz sold weapons to both Iran and Iraq during their 1980-88 war, Weisz asks Yuri if he considered that the hope was both countries would lose. Yuri develops multiple identities (complete with appropriate paperwork and ID cards) and paperwork in a security container. Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. ... Sir Ian Holm Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September 1931), born as Ian Holm Cuthbert, is an English actor. ...


As he grows, Yuri (through voiceover) tells of his first incident with Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke), an Interpol agent who cannot be bought with money. Their first encounter is when Yuri is on the ship Kristol smuggling a shipment of weapons. When he learns that Valentine is on his tail, he changes the name of the ship by having a crew member paint Kono over Kristol , he raises a different flag thanks to Vitaly's quick thinking, and has one of his connections call in a sighting of the Kristol at another location nearby. His first encounter with Jack Valentine plays out in his favor. Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer and film director. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


During a business deal with a Bolivian drug lord, Yuri is paid in cocaine instead of cash. He argues, but eventually accepts the payment. Vitaly and he both get high on cocaine, but Vitaly becomes addicted, and Yuri checks him into a rehabilitation center. From that point onward, he conducts his arms business alone. The Republic of Bolivia is a landlocked country in central South America. ...


Shortly afterwards, he begins to court Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan), a model. He books a photo shoot and the entire hotel so that they have the whole area to themselves. After impressing her, they marry, and later have a small child named Nikki. Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born September 21, 1970 in Binghamton, New York) is an American model and actress. ...


On the day that Nikki begins to walk, the Soviet Union dissolves. Yuri rushes to Ukraine after watching Gorbachev's Christmas Day 1991 resignation speech on television. He contacts his uncle, Dmitri, a general of the former Soviet Army, and begins buying his tanks and AK-47s to expand his inventory, explaning in detail how the AK-47 is the most reliable automatic weapon in the world. Weisz comes back and attempts to deal with both Yuri and Dimitri, but is rejected by both. Shortly afterwards, Weisz sets up a car bomb, and Dimitri is assassinated. This is a history of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. ... Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (Russian: ; Pronunciation: mih-kha-ILL ser-GHE-ye-vich gor-bah-CHOFF) (born March 2, 1931), was leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. ...


Yuri moves on to selling arms to the West African dictator of Liberia, André Baptiste (based on Charles Taylor). Baptiste proclaims that Yuri is a "Lord of War", a verbal on the term "Warlord", paying him in blood diamonds. Valentine continues pursuing Yuri, interceding on a deal involving helicopters and missiles but being thwarted by a loophole in international law that does not classify either of them as weapons of war as long as they are shipped separately. After digging through his garbage, he learns that Yuri will be making a cargo run to Sierra Leone. Valentine successfully intercepts the plane, but Yuri makes an emergency landing and gives away all the guns to local villagers before Valentine can detain him. Valentine handcuffs him and keeps him there for 24 hours before being forced to release him. For other persons named Charles Taylor, see Charles Taylor (disambiguation). ... For the film, see Blood Diamond (film). ...


Yuri makes his way back to Monrovia, where Baptiste invites him to kill the captured Weisz, who simply states he came to Liberia to sell weapons to Baptiste's enemies. Yuri is reluctant, but does not tell Baptiste to stop pulling the trigger until he has done so and murdered Weisz. Weisz later appears in a dream and tells Yuri to "take sides". For alternate meanings, see Monrovia (disambiguation). ...


Valentine keeps Yuri under surveillance, and one day he reveals to Ava that Yuri is a weapons dealer. Ava pleads with Yuri to stop, and he does, instead choosing to exploit the resources of the third world nations. However, he dislikes the business, complaining that the profit margins are low and that there is too much competition compared to illegal arms.


Yuri reenters the arms market when Baptise approaches him. He is reluctant, but goes when Baptise tells him that he will pay more than the usual rate. Yuri decides to bring Vitaly along because he is nervous about the current climate of Liberia. During the transaction, however, Vitaly witnesses a group of villagers beating a mother and her child to death, and tells Yuri the entire village will be massacred if the deal comes through. He pleads with Yuri to stop the transaction, but Yuri says it's not their conflict. Vitaly responds by taking a grenade and blowing up half of the guns. A guard watching the transaction shoots Vitaly to death.


Yuri ships his brother's body back to the United States with him. He pays someone to remove the lead from Vitaly's body, but one bullet remains and he is stopped by customs. Meanwhile, while being followed by Jack Valentine, Ava finds Yuri's security container, which is definitive proof of Yuri's arms dealing. Ava takes their son and leaves him. When Yuri calls his parents, his mother says, "Both my sons are dead." Valentine detains Yuri and tells him that he has a long jail sentence ahead of him.


However, Yuri informs Valentine that the reasons Valentine thinks he'll go to prison are the same reasons that he won't. He admits to dealing with horrible people, selling weapons, and providing weapons to some of the world's worst dictators. He then goes on to say that sometimes the people he supplies "are the enemies of your enemies" (the U.S.) and that sometimes the President of the United States needs a "freelancer" like him to supply those that he cannot be seen supplying. He predicts that a high-ranking officer will come and free him because of his necessity.


A free man again, he returns to selling arms. The movie ends by proclaiming on-screen that it is "based on actual events," and that the U.S., the UK, France, Russia and China (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council) are the world's leading arms suppliers. For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... A session of the Security Council in progress The United Nations Security Council is the most powerful organ of the United Nations. ...


DVD release

The UK DVD release of Lord of War includes, prior to the film, an advert for Amnesty International, showing the AK-47 being sold on a shopping channel of the style popular on cable networks. The American DVD release includes a bonus feature that shows the various weapons used in the movie, allowing viewers to click on each weapon to get statistics about their physical dimensions and histories. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Amnesty international Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization which defines its mission as to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience... Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947 g. ... Shopping channels are television specialty channels that present shopping related content. ...


Reception

Critical

The film received a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It received a special mention for excellence in filmmaking from the National Board of Review. The Movie House summed up the viewpoint of the film's most enthusiastic admirers by saying, "Lord of War is a great movie. If Martin Scorsese had made GoodFellas about arms dealers rather than Mafiosi, and if Scorsese had a much better sense of humor, he would have made a movie very much like this. I don't know if I can give any filmmaker a better compliment than that." [6] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Box office

The film grossed $9,390,144 on its opening weekend (2,814 theaters, $3,336 average). After the film's 7-weeks release it grossed a total of $24,149,632 on the domestic market, and $48,467,436 overseas.[7]


Cast

Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born September 21, 1970 in Binghamton, New York) is an American model and actress. ... Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. ... Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer and film director. ... Eamonn Walker (born June 12th 1962) is a British film, television and theatre actor. ... Sir Ian Holm Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September 1931), born as Ian Holm Cuthbert, is an English actor. ...

References

  1. ^ Viktor Bout: in the Movies...
  2. ^ Bertil Lintner: "A necessary evil"
  3. ^ William Norman Grigg: "Permanent War, Perpetual Profiteering"
  4. ^ On March 6, 2007, Viktor Bout was arrested in Thailand. Amnesty International (2006). "Lord of War". Press release. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.
  5. ^ Hamid, Rahul (Spring 2006). "Lord of War/Syriana". Cineaste 31 (2): 52-55. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.
  6. ^ Lord of War by Johnny Web (Greg Wroblewski) (2006) . Retrieved on 2007-12-18. 
  7. ^ Lord of War at Box Office Mojo

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