• Publication date: April 12, 2011

One man's plot to sell both sides the tools of their demise Lord of War: Getting rich by selling murder!

Lord of War is a powerful film about one man demonstrating how to get rich selling warring nations the tools of their demise.

Lord of War is a powerful film about one man demonstrating how to get rich selling warring nations the tools of their demise.

Yuri Orlov is an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into an arms dealer's gold mine with the end of the Cold War and the lax border security due to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Huge caches of Soviet weapons became available at bargain prices, and even for free if one was not 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. He found plenty of buyers for guns and military gear in unstable warring Third World nations, who paid cash and did not appreciate too many questions. Most of these wars were staged to distract populations from the diamond and gem trades and exploit other raw materials of the developing nations.

Orlov's exploits in the arms business quickly made him a very rich man, but have also led to some unwanted attention from Jack Valentine, an Interpol agent who is convinced Orlov is not playing by the rules.

"Lord of War" won the Special Recognition Award of the US National Board of Review for excellence in filmmaking in 2005. With a production budget of US$ 42 million, the film's gross worldwide box office revenues amounted to US$ 72 million.

This film is rated R for strong violence, drug use, language and sexuality.

Year: 2005

Runtime: 122 mins

Genre: Crime/Drama

Starring:

Nicolas Cage

Bridget Moynahan

Jared Leto

Ethan Hawke

Eamonn Walker

Sammi Rotibi

Ian Holm

Yevgeni Lazarev

Directed by: Andrew Niccol