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Lord of War (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.7
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Nicolas Cage Yuri Orlov
Bridget Moynahan Ava Fontaine Orlov
Jared Leto Vitaly Orlov
Shake Tukhmanyan Irina Orlov
Jean-Pierre Nshanian Anatoly Orlov
Jared Burke Ukrainian Mobster
Eric Uys Ukrainian Mobster
David Shumbris Ukrainian Mobster
Stewart Morgan Ukrainian Mobster
Jasper Lenz Gregor
Ethan Hawke
Ian Holm
Plot
The lethal business of arms dealers provides an electrifying context for the black-as-coal humor of Andrew Niccol's Lord of War. Having proven his ingenuity as the writer of The Truman Show, and writer-director of Gattaca and the under-appreciated Simone, Niccol is clearly striving for Strangelovian relevance here as he chronicles the rise and inevitable fall of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), a Ukrainian immigrant to America who makes his fortune selling every kind of ordnance he can get his amoral hands on. With a trophy wife (Bridget Moynahan) who's initially clueless about his hidden career, and a younger brother (Jared Leto) whose drug-addled sense of decency makes him an ill-chosen accomplice, Yuri traffics in death the way other salesman might push vacuum cleaners (he likes to say that alcohol and tobacco are deadlier products than his), but even he can't deny the sheer ruthlessness of the Liberian dictator (a scene-stealing Eamonn Walker) who purchases Orlov's "products" to expand his oppressive regime. Niccol's themes are even bigger than Yuri's arms deals, and he drives them home with a blunt-force lack of subtlety, but Cage gives the film the kind of insanely dark humor it needs to have. To understand this monster named Yuri, we have to see at least a glimpse of his humanity, which Cage provides as only he can. Otherwise, this epic tale of gunrunnng would be as morally unbearable as the black market trade it illuminates. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Drama; Thriller
Director Andrew Niccol
Producer Artemio Benki; Greig Buckle; Andrew Niccol; Nicolas Cage
Writer Andrew Niccol
Studio Lion's Gate
Country France
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 121 mins
Movie Release Date 9/16/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 807
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 10/19/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 031398187394
Release Date 1/17/2006
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
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