Lord of War (2005)



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

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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
R (for strong violence, drug use, language and sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Jasper Lenz
as Gregor
Kobus Marx
as Boris
Jeremy Crutchley
as Arms Fair Salesman
Tanya Finch
as Ingrid
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
Liya Kebede
as Faith
Siyamthanda Ndlangalavu
as Boy Lieutenant
Kutcha Hardy
as Interpol Agent Maxwell
Vadim Dobrin
as Leonid
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Critic Reviews for Lord of War

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (38)

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
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.

September 25, 2005
AV Club
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A caustic satire masquerading as an action adventure.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Chicago Reader
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A raffishly ironic and insinuating movie -- and probably the most sheerly enjoyable film of the year so far.

September 19, 2005
New Yorker
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There are the makings here of a really good feature or an even better documentary, but as it stands, Lord of War is not quite either.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nicolas Cage is the worst actor ever.

Christian C
Christian C

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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 Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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