Lord of War

2005

Lord of War

Critics Consensus

While Lord of War is an intelligent examination of the gun trade, it is too scattershot in its plotting to connect.

62%

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Total Count: 146

85%

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User Ratings: 389,960
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One man demonstrates how to get rich selling warring nations the tools of their deadly trade in this dark comedy drama. Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) is an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into a gold mine after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Huge caches of Soviet weapons became available at bargain prices (and even for free if one wasn't above stealing), and as literally billions of dollars' worth of Soviet military technology disappeared, it began finding its way into the hands of weapons dealers eager to sell it to the highest bidder. Orlov was one such dealer who found plenty of buyers for guns and military gear in unstable Third World nations, who paid cash and didn't appreciate too many questions. Orlov's exploits in the arms business quickly made him a very rich man, but they've also led to some unwanted attention from Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke), an Interpol agent who is convinced Orlov isn't playing by the rules. Inspired by a true story, Lord of War also features Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Bridget Moynahan, and Donald Sutherland. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Yuri Orlov
Jared Leto
as Vitaly Orlov
Ethan Hawke
as Jack Valentine
Bridget Moynahan
as Ava Fontaine
Shake Toukhmanian
as Irina Orlov
Jean-Pierre Nshanian
as Anatoly Orlov
Ian Holm
as Simeon Weisz
Jared Burke
as Ukrainian Mobster
Eric Uys
as Ukrainian Mobster
David Shumbris
as Ukrainian Mobster
Stewart Morgan
as Ukrainian Mobster
Jeremy Crutchley
as Arms Fair Salesman
Lize Jooste
as Natasha
Yaseen Abdullah
as Lebanese Customer
Donald Sutherland
as Col. Oliver Southern
David C. Harman
as Col. Oliver Southern
Neil Tweddle
as Col. Oliver Southern
Prosper Hakiziman
as Somalian Freedom Fighter
Chi Zhang Yi
as Borneo Officer
Sajad Khan
as Mujahadeen Leader
John Sferopoulos
as Freighter Captain
Gamiet Petersen
as 'Kono' Painter
Danie Struwig
as Interpol Agent Ryan
Jack Niccol
as Young Nicolai
Stanislav Majer
as Ukrainian Guard
Evgeniy Lazarev
as Uncle Dmitri
Zdenek Pechacek
as Ukraine Major
Weston Cage
as Vladimir
Sammi Rotibi
as Andre Baptiste Jr.
Gugulethu Zulu
as Andre's Driver
Debbie Jones
as Cheerleader Mariama
Mirriam Ngomani
as Cheerleader Asura
Eamonn Walker
as Andre Baptiste Sr.
Tayo Oyekoya
as Liberian Lieutenant
Dexter Nwanya Jr.
as Hotel Africa Porter
Yule Masiteng
as Head Porter
Kutcha Hardy
as Interpol Agent Maxwell
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Critic Reviews for Lord of War

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (40)

  • Niccol is no stranger to hot-button issues, but he outdoes his previous efforts by injecting this satire of war profiteering in the Halliburton age with a wicked arsenic wit.

    Aug 16, 2007 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Even though Niccol sometimes puts unnecessary homilies in the mouths of his characters, he mostly pulls off the tricky feat of being direct and breezy at the same time. "Lord of War" skims along like a dance routine.

    Oct 7, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The film's approach to violence is unflinching: this is what poor people are doing to each other with the guns the West sells them, it screams -- but there's no suggestion it might be stopped, or slowed.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Full Review…
  • [W]hile the film is powered by a righteous anger, it is also very funny, stylish and daring.

    Oct 8, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Andy Jacobs

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Lord Of War drops the hammer slowly, laying out the fascinating parameters of Cage's world before opening up its argument in an astonishing denouement.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • A caustic satire masquerading as an action adventure.

    Sep 24, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lord of War

  • Nov 20, 2017
    So much better than I expected, It's a very intelligent film that has a great story about the gun trade that was more emotional than I thought it would be, Nic Cage was brilliant and Jared Leto puts in a fine performance too, There's no action so don't watch if you're expecting a shoot em up film, Based on true events made this film more entertaining even though I'm not sure how accurate it is but if only half is true it's still shocking in places, A very underrated movie that should get more praise and be watched by more people as it may turn out to be a powerful story to some viewers.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2013
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  • May 25, 2013
    Nicolas Cage is the worst actor ever.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2012
    An criative and intelligent, Lord of War is an interesting view to the world of weapons dealers, dispite some scenes look poorly wrote and that the writer/director Andrew Niccol could present much more better his talent. Anyway, Lord of War become one of the few films that I really liked with Nicolas Cage. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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