Voila! Finally, the Lord Of War
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with Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto. This script is a transcript that was painstakingly
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There are over 500 million fire arms in the worldwide circulation
That is one fire arm for every twelve people on the planet
The only question is
How do we arm the other eleven?
You don't have to worry
I'm not gonna tell you pack of lies to make you feel good
I'm just gonna tell you what happened
My name is Yuri Orlov
When I was a boy, my family came to America
But not all the way
Like the most Ukrainians congregated in Brighton beach
It reminded us of Black Sea
I've soon realized, we just swapped one hell for another
Even in hell angel sometimes makes an appearance
I have worshiped Eva Fountain since I was ten years old
Of course, she did not know I existed
I've started to think she had a point
But the first years of my life,
Little Odessa was to me what it is to the q-train
The end of the line
Oh! I did lie about my name. It's not really Yuri Orlov
There have been few occassions in the th century
when it has been an advantage to be a Jew
But in s to escape the Soviet Union
Our family pretended to be Jewish
Little about my life has been Kosher ever since
How is it going brother?
That is Vitali. My younger brother.
He was as lost as me. He just did not know yet
My father took his assumed identity to heart
He was more Jewish than most Jews
which drove Catholic mother crazy
How many times? I can't eat shellfish. It is thrift
You are not Jewish
I like it
I like the hat
to remind us there is something above us
I like that
I'm going to temple
You are not going to temple. You go to temple more than the Rabbi
Get off my back woman
God will you ever wise up?
Yuri, don't forget to check the specials at the palace
Growing up in Little Odessa, murder was in everyday part of life
Russian mobsters had also migrated from Soviet Union
and when they came to America, their baggage came with them
There is always some gangster getting wacked in my neighborhood
But,I have never seen with my own eyes
I had the snack of showing up five minutes before something went down
or, five minutes after. Not that day
It hit me. It couldn't have hit me harder if I was the one who murdered and shot
You are going to the restaruant business
because people are always going to have to eat
That was the day I realized my destiny laying for fulfilling
another basic human need.
The next Sabbath I went to temple with my father
However, it was not God I was trying to get close to
My contact with Synagoge lended me first Israeli made Uzi submachine guns
First time you sell a gun, is a lot like the first time you have sex
You have absolutely no idea of what you are doing,
but it is exciting and one way or another it is over way too fast
Gentlemen! The new Uzi machine pistol. Big fire in small package
This little baby uses mm hole points - rounds of simple mags
Preferable adjustable size. Size come standart. Excellent recovery action
Muzzled jumper is %. % improved noise suppression
You could pump a mag in a minute, right now
Never wake the guy in next room
Of course, that would eliminate your opportunity for pete business
I did have a natural instinct for smuggling counter band
Fortunately, back than the video camera was as big as bazooka
Here, I have been running away from violence my whole life
I should have been running towards it. It's in our nature
Earliest human skeletons had spearheads in their heads and ripcages
Where have you been? What do we have the customer?
God bless America
Be aware of the dog? You don't have a dog
You are trying to scare people.
No. To scare me. They are going to be aware of dog and me
Dog wants to fuck everything that moves.
What is the fight and kill like dogs
I guess it reminds me to be more human
You envy the dog part or being human. whereas the best part is
dog part. But what if you have two legs .......... like a dog
You are gonna need to see somebody.
I have always wanted to do something big with my life.
I just did not know what. Anyhow, I figured.
If I was going into the gun trade, I was going to aim high
Hey, Vitali! Stop fucking around! I wanna talk to you
You read newspaper Vit?
Newspaper? It is always the same
You are right! Everyday there is people shooting each other
You know what I do when I see that? I look to see what guns they are using
and I think to myself why not my guns
What? You gonna open a gunshop?
Orli! There more of those in America than McDonalds
Even with all the gangsters around here, margins are too low
You have worked out the margins
Forget gang wars. The real money is in actual wars between countries
Yuri! What the fuck do you know about guns?
I know which .... rather be on....
I made the first sale. We are already in business
I need a partner
I don't know. I don't know Yuri
Vitali I tasted your boreshit. You are no fucking chef
I can eat in the restaruant for free, but I still don't eat there
We were doing nothing with our lives.
I mean. It's a shit. It's a shit.
It is true. May be doing nothing is better than doing this
I need you. Brothers in arms
Brothers in arms
BERLIN ARMS FAIR -
Sir! Sir! May I interest you in the shelter fire SA
They are all the Chinese models. Not so effective against modern
military aircraft. But deadly. If used against commercial airliner
giving them away at .
It was the s. Cold War was far from thought.
No ...... from government to government
It was mostly a private club with a lifetime club president
That is him!
This is the big shot ?
Simeon Weisz. Angola, Mozambique, his excessive missiles in the Balkans
........afford to gunpowder
We will be right back!
Mr. Weisz! Mr. Weisz!
It's OK. They are talking
May I help?
Yes. Mutual friend Ilay Curtsman from Brighton Beach Import Export
said to contact you. I have a business proposal. I thought perhaps
we could discuss
I don't think you and I in the same business.
You think I just sell guns, don't you? I don't. I take sides.
But in Iran-Iraq war you sold guns to both sides.
Did you ever consider that I wanted both sides to lose?
Bullets change governments far shorter than votes.
You are in the wrong place my young friend. There is no place for amateurs
God...God. Oh, God!
You're beautiful. What's your name again?
The only option for Vitali and me was under-the-counter gun money
I got my first break in Lebanon after the suicide bombing
But I wasn't the only local kid making good
When United States leaves a war zone
they generally don't take the ammunitions.
It costs more to bring it back then to buy new stock
So, you sell by the kilo?
Second hand weapons but they are still OK
How many kilos would you like?
I had a flirt for languages.
But I soon discovered that what talks best is
dollars, dinars, drahmas, rubles, rupies and pounds fucking sterlin
army salaries were no better in the s than they are today
and some of the brass like Litueanant Colonel Suddern
needed to raise money for his private wars.
good to make your acquaintance
this is bullshit money, Vi
This is small fucking potatoes
What do you wanna do?
No. More illegal
What I would give for a plate of cabbage and potatoes
It is not our fight
Vi, come on ! Let's go ! Come on !
Selling guns are like selling vacuum cleaners.
It may cause pound of payment, take orders,
I was an equal opportunity merchant of death
I supplied every army, but the salvation army.
I sold Israeli made Uzis to Muslims
I sold Communist made bullets to Fascists
I hope you are not thinking of selling these, Mr. Orlov.
There's a hundred thousand bullets here
I'm kind of trigger happy
I even shipped cargo to Afghanistan when they were fighting my fellow Soviets
I never sold Usama bin Laden. Not on any moral grounds
Back then there were always balance and checks.
By the mid s my weapons were represented in of the world's top ten war zones
There is no problem living double life
It is the triple or quadruple lives get you in the end
Back then I carried a French, British, Israeli and Ukranian passport
and student visa for the U.S. but that is another story
I also pack different briefcases depending on who I was that day
and region of the world I was visiting
North of Cartagena, Colombia -
Without operations like mine, it would be impossible for certain countries
to conduct a respectable war.
I was able to navigate around those inconvenient little arms embargos
There are three basic types of arms deal. White being legal, black being illegal
and my personal favorite color, gray.
Sometimes I made the deal so commaluted
it was hard for me to work out if they are on the level
to keep authorities in the dark, I had often spoken code.
Rocket launchers were mothers, rockets children,
AK- assault rifle was the angel king
It's Yuri. Yeah. Well.
Raul, Raul. The angel king will arrive tomorrow.
The point is, if I had done my job right,
an arms embargo should be practically impossible to enforce
what? OK. Just slow the fuck down!
I can't understand you.
What do you mean tipped off?
They know where we are? Where are they?
How long have I got? Not long ? What does that mean?
Do we try to lose them?
Yuri! We have to get off this thing.
No. No one is going anywhere. Slow ! death slow. Buy me time
Yeah, it is Yuri. Get that fucking flag down.
I need another handle for this prob. Something in our weight class
You! Over the side! We are changing the name. Now!
Yes! It's got to check out
The way I looked at it, what is in there?
Have you got a name?
I often changed the registration of a ship or a plane.
But never in such short notice
What? KONO? How do you spell that?
What are we flying? Dutch? Got it
Get me a Dutch flag, will you?
Faster or I will save your ass in.
Yuri! I don't have Dutch
I've got Belgium
What the fuck use that is? Painted name in the register is fucking Netherlands
I've got a French flag
Turn the sideways, it is Dutch
That is why you are my brother
Everybody look innocent now.
They say every man has price. But not every man gets it.
Interpol agent Jack Valentine could not be bought.
At least, not with money.
For Jack, glory was the price.
It is KONO, not the Kristol
It is clean, Sir!
It is clean? It doesn't look clean
I'm gonna go aboard
Change the inner signs of Kristol to KONO
Even I was up against an overzealous agent,
I had a number of methods for discurging a search.
I rutinely mislabeled my arm shipments as farm machinery
and, I have yet to meet the lowly-paid customs official
who will open a container marked "Radioactive Waste" to verify its contents
But my personal favorite is the unique combination of week-old potatoes
and, probable heat
Sir! Sign of Kristol, North
Most importantly I kept a number of intelligence people on the payroll
to supply their colleagues with counter-intelligence.
The second rule of gun running is always insure, you have a full proof
way to get paid, preferably in advance, ideally to an off-shore account
That is why I choose my customer so carefully.
Say what you like about warlords and dictators.
They tend to have highly developed sense of order
They always pay their bills on time.
What is this?
Six kilos of pure cocaine.
I can't hand this to my fucking bank teller at Chase Manhattan
Listen, asshole, you should be thanking me
Have you checked the street price today?
With the seizures at the border last week, it's jumped thirty percent
I sell guns. I don't sell drugs.
I've got standards
You don't pay, you don't play
What the fuck are you doing?
No, you don't fuck him. We can work something out.
We have a deal.
The first and most important rule of gun running is
never get shot with your own merchandise.
So, what do we do now?
That narco guerilla had his fax right,
after shipping at state side turned it to a healthy profit
it would have been even better, except that one kilo never made it back
To this day, I don't what Vitali was running away from
May be just from Vitali
I found him twelve days, two thousand miles and grams later
in bulletin board meeting house
Of course, my dreamgirl had gone there before me
Yuri? It's my brother Yuri
He is my big brother
What the fuck is that?
Ukraine. I was young, but I remember.
Look. I started in Odessa. Right? I worked my way to Crimean
....You will be like fucking rich kid
Come on! We are going home!
You, fuck! Fucking fuck you
Fucking fuck! What the fuck is your problem
Come on Vi!
JFK Airport, New York -
It is nice to be home
We are gonna get you. Come on!
St. Francis Rehabilitation Center, Later That Day
Get out of the car.
Vitali, I need you to get of the car.
Promised our parents.
Vitali, you gonna have great time. It is a top place
Two models checked in last week and
cute weather girl has been here since July
You are a good brother
You are a good brother, Yuri.
OK. Alright. Get out of the car. OK. Get out of the car
From then on I was one-man operation.
I never understood what separated recreational drug user
from habitual. Before the grace of God, it could have been me
snorting lines as long as Bell Parkway.
However, I wasn't entirely free with the grip of addiction myself
There she was again.
Eva Fountain. In my neigborhood they say "good get out"
In our own ways, we both conquered the world
ST. BARTS FRENCH CARIBBEAN -
You can't force someone to fall in love with you
but, you can definitely improve your odds
It costed me grand to book her for a fake photo shoot, another
to buy her at the hotel.
It is popular hotel, huh?
What brings you to St. Barts?
Photo shoot. At least that was the plan.
I guess the photographer got stuck in Miami. Hurricane
Though there is nothing on the news.
Those things can come out of nowhere.
So, the job has been cancelled and
whence you know there is no flight back to New York untill Tuesday
You can hit your ride with me if you like, I am leaving tomorrow
Meanwhile, why don't I take your picture.
In my experience, some of the most successfull relationships
are based on lies and deceit. Since, that is where you end up anyway
it is a logical place to start
I nearly went broke trying to convince her anything but
I knew Eva was not the kind of woman to be seduced by riding in the private jet
unless, you own the jet.
This is your plane?
That is my name
Of course, I was lying. Plane was a rental like the car standing there then
At the last minute, I bribed the crew for the paint job.
Luckily, by the time we landed, Eva wasn't looking anywhere, but my eyes.
I had no idea. I'm sorry I did not recognize you
Don't apologize. I put clothes on for living.
I guess you are taking them off.
I would be if the fotographers had their way
How about you?
I'm in transport. International airfreight mostly.
Business is good.
Where are you from?
I was born in Ukraine. But, I grew up in Brooklyn.
What ? You too?
Well! Here is to our hurricane. Without it, I would have never met you.
This is no accident, is it Yuri?
It feels like fate
I don't believe in fate
What do you believe in?
Is that a view!
That is a view
Thank you. Thank you all.
Always remember son. There is something above you.
Sure, dad! dollar chandellier
Make yourselves at home. Go! Go!
I'm sorry. That must be tough.
I would be nice to have a couple more guests from my side of family
I am sure they are watching you right now.
Thank you. But, you don't believe that Yuri. Remember.
I know you, Yuri. I know you are not everthing you seem.
Don't worry. I won't ask a lot of questions.
I don't wanna hear you lying.
You take risks. Just, you won't risk us.
That is the trouble falling in love with a dreamgirl.
They have an habit of becoming real.
I have never been so glad to see Vitali
You fucking beautiful!
Brother, brother! Thank you so much for giving me such a beautiful sister
He was out of his rehab and out of his mind
Dance, dance, dance! We have to dance. It's wedding and celebration
But, for once he rescued me.
NEW YORK - DECEMBER
I was still living way on my knees. Mortgage to the hill.
Using one credit card to pay off another.
Anything to keep Eva in the style she had
Thanks largely to me. It's become a custom
Eva! Eva! This is too much!
And, suddenly, all my Christmas came at once
Nicky, nicky! You did it! Good boy!
Ha haaa! That is my grandson.
Yuri, don't you wanna know what your son is doing?
Who ever said it is better to give than receive
never got a Christmas present like the one I got in for Michael Gorbachev
What the hell is the matter?
It's over! It's over!
What is over?
Cold fuckingn war. Soviet fucking Union. Evil fucking Empire
Michael says no Mos. It is on the tel. It's over.
Your son is walking.
That's incredible honey.
At least, there will be religious freedom.
Hmm! Let's hope so!
I think I will go back for a visit.
Do you stay in touch with Uncle Dimitri?
I'm not fool Yuri. I don't think you go there just to sell Pepsi Cola
Is this how you want to be remembered?
I don't want to be remembered at all.
If I am being remembered, it means I am dead.
Merry fucking Christmas!
Who is this Vitali?
I am Angel.
Her name is really Angel.She is a fairy.
Let's put her over the Christmas three.
I love you. I love you all.
Going back to Ukraine.
I miss Odessa.
I miss you
I miss you
Be careful Yuri. Those things you sell kill.
ODESSA, UKRAINE -
During the Cold War, Red Army stationed nearly one million troops in Ukraine
because of its strategic military importance.
The day after the wall came down, paycheck stopped coming
There is nothing better for an arms dealer in the combination of
disgruntled soldiers and warehouse full of weapons.
I was hoping Major General Dimitri Volkov with a lot armory doors open
with a lot of military bases. For a start, he was family.
He was a highly decorated hero of the Red Army.
And, he was almost permanently shitfaced.
I can't just sell you government property Yuri
I have to report.
Report to who? Moscow?
As of last week, Moscow is a foreign country.
You flag new boss?
There is no new boss yet. They are all too busy
squabbling who is gonna get the presidantial holiday home at the Black Sea
Ones you know, don't care anymore. Ones you care, don't know any more
Show me you inventory.
Those years of mutual hatred between the East and the West had generated
the highest weapons build-up in the history.
The Soviets had guns coming out of deamon hole.
Huge stock piles and now no enemy.
How many Kalashnikovs do you have?
It's more like a one
No, it is a four.
It is whatever we say it is, because no one else will know the difference
Kalashnikovs for battalion. Your stocks dangerously depleted Dimitri.
You sure there are more in the factory.
Some will work it home..... What happens then?
We'll cut them in.
The end of the Cold War was beginning of the highest time in arms dealing
Arms bizzare was in open
Guided missiles. Unguided missiles. Mortars. Mines. Armored personnel carriers.
whole tank divisions.
I'll tell you what I do. Buy isx, you get one free
I even landed a squadron of helicopter gun ships.
The most sophisticated fighting machines.
Built for war with America that never happened.
Son, get off there before you get hurt
I can take it apart with my eyes closed.
Thanks to me, it finally get to shoot in anger
I have a feeling it wasn't what Comrade Lennin had in mind
when he advocated the redistribution of wealth
But, I wasn't the only one offering crash course in capitalism
I had rivals.
Inform your commanding officer that Simeon Weisz is here to meet him
You don't know who I am, do you?
I don't give a fuck who you are
So it appears
You sell guns?
May be you'd like to come to my room and I'll show you my...
You look a little lost Simeon. Is the world changing too fast?
I am here
Not all of you, I think. You have gotten so rich selling for the CIA
you can't seem to get that ideology completely out of your head
All the Cold War had its uses. Got the tensions frozen.
Now it is harder to determine which side one is on.
Things have become more complicated
No. It has gotten simpler.
There is no place in gun running for politics anymore Simeon
I saw the leftist and rightist.
I saw the pacifist, but they are not regular customers
Of course, you are not true internationalist
until you supply weapons to kill your own countrymen
This current state of chaos won't last forever.
will have to be order.
Instead of cutting each other's throat
may be beneficial if we work together
What do you think?
You know what I think?
I think you are the amateur now
I think you should go with your instincts,
with your first instinct
I am the same man who was not good enough for you before
and I am just not good enough for you now
The problem with gun runners going to war is that
there is no shortage of ammunition
This was the chaos that the old guard had always feared
As far as they were concerned, I was giving arms dealers a bad name
but they could hardly report me to the business bureau
In Ukraine wasn't the only former state with unpaid army
and stockpiles of guns.
There was Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Belaruss.
All there for the taking.
Of all the weapons in the vast Soviet arsenal
nothing was more profitable than of the mark Kalashnikova
model of . More commonly known as AK- or Kalashnikov
It's the world's most popular assault rifle.
A weapon of fighters' love
An elegantly simple pound of algemation of forged steel and plywood
It doesn't break, jam or overheat.
It will shoot whether it is covered in mud or filled with sand
It's so easy. Even a child can use it.
And, they do. The Soviets put the gun on the calling.
Mozambique put it on their flag.
Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become
the Russian people's greatest export.
After that comes vodtka, caviar, suicidal novelists
One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars.
What fucking documents?
You listen to me, Lieutenant.
You keep them there. For as long as you can!
Fight to the death! Moscow is behind us!
It's an order!
I thought you were supposed to be watching out for those people
How can I? You keep selling my helicopters.
You are too greedy Yuri
I can't hold him forever
I have got paperwork
Not for the gunships.
You know the penalty for
selling the military helicopter is a major violation
It's not a military helicopter. It's a rescue helicopter
Get to work, son!
The laws are on our side
OK. I wanna see your papers
No, no. Put that away. I see your papers
Mr. Orlov. Always in the wrong place in the right time.
What the fuck is this?
We've met before. Off the coast of Colombia
What was the name of that freight. I can't remember.
Was it KONO? or the Kristol?
The crew called that vessel a lot of names.
None of them repeatable by my company
Answer the question.
Ohh! New MP . Would you like silencer for that?
I need to see your papers.
Get the fuck off me
End user certificate for this aircraft states Burkino Fassaou
Nice.Very nice. Did you type that by yourself?
The helicopter is to be used in humanitarian missions
Ohh? So you are humanitarian?
This is a military aircraft.
Listen to the nephew.
What can they do with military hardware by converting to civilian
Anyone wants dive with this baby now is food dropper to
And this stuff over here? Is that going to Burcino Fassaou as well?
Ahh! Two different client and two different address.
That is just a coincidence. Is that it?
You take me for complete fucking fool.
Not complete Sir. Do I hesitate to tell you your job.
I must point out. When shipped seperately, the weapons and the aircraft
both comply with the current Interpol trade standarts and practices.
We both know that is an obscene bureaucratic loophole
It's gonna be closed any Goddamn day.
But it's not closed. While certain people might interpret this cargo
suspicious. Thank God, we are living in a world where suspicion alone
does not constitute a crime. And, where men like you respect the rule of law
I was as guilty as sin, but Valentine couldn't prove it.
He was the rarest breed of law enforcement officer.
The type who knew I was breaking the law,
but wouldn't break it himself to bust me
TWO DAYS LATER
Valentine wasn't the only one trying to put me out of business
My Uncle had turned out a half dozen rival arms dealers
Sometimes with offers better than mine. But to the Dimitri
You couldn't put a price on loyalty
What was he doing here?
He is hoping to bid your offer.
I told him to go and have intercourse with himself
But, Yuri, you need to make more payoffs
They are too many.
There are more VCRs, cigarettes. I left them in your new car
Yuri, even your enemy was admiring that car.
I am the luckiest man alive.
Baby? You know what time it is?
How is that? Your audition?
Now going in another direction. Direction that someone who can act
They don't deserve you
Where are you?
Is everything OK?
A rough day at the office
How is Nickie?
Misses you. We both do.
It's lonely without you here. You know I don't like nights
But, ever since my parents.
Yuri, what is that?
A party. I better go.
Just wanted to call and hear your voice
Kiss Nickie for me.
I love you
It's a ..... didn't die with my Uncle.
After the wall came down, billion dollars worth of arms were stolen
and resold from Ukraine alone
One of the greatest hights of the th century
MONROVA, LIBERIA -
Primary market was Africa.
major conflicts involving countries in less than a decade.
A gun runner's wet dream.
At the time the West couldn't care less. They had a white war
on what was left of Yugoslavia
I did the Balkan my business in Liberia
Land of the free. Originally established as a homeland for
freed American slaves. It has been enslaved by one dictator or another
The latest was American educated, self-declared President Andre Baptiste
My father would like to meet you
What an honor! Thank him. But unfortunately I have other business
It's a shame. It's a very busy schedule.
It's not, how to say, option
My father is easily offended.
My schedule just freed up.
President Baptiste was my best customer
but I was in no hurry to meet him
He got the reputation for rutinely hacking of the limbs those who opposed him
His years civil war has been described as
relentless campaign of sadistic wanting violence
That kind of sums up Andie for me
The clock is interesting
It is made of a palmer composite. Many of my clients feel that they can go through
airport security without seeing a lot of bells and whistles.
Personally, I do not recommend that.
On the other hand, if you are looking for traditional wheel gun
there is no substitute for six inches of muzzle energy of mag
I mean, of course, it will never jam
Why did you that?
What did you say?
Now, you gonna have to buy it. It is a used gun
How can I sell used gun?
A used gun? A used gun?
That's a good one.
You know? There is no discipline with the youth today.
I tried to set an example, but it is difficult huh?
Personally, I blame MTV.
A used gun?
I think you and I, we can do business
If I thought I was scared of Andrei Senior, I knew I was scared of
Andrei Junior. Like father, like son!
The guava doesn't fall far from the tree.
He was also a cannibal. They say Andrei would give
They give the super human strength.
Monrovia itself was like being on a new planet.
Planet Monrovia. From the temprature, it was obviously planet close to the sun
I rearyly saw another white man. And, I never left town alone.
Outside town was hell of the edge of hell
I didn't want anything in gazing there.
This is your hotel. Two stucks
Do you bring the gun of Rambo?
Part one, two or three.
I've only seen part one. The M .
Would you like an armoured person bullets?
Please. My father left a welcoming present to you
When I get to America I will not live in Printwood
In the most AIDS infested region of the globe, one in four is infected
Andrei's idea of
He put a young Neeman and young Naomi in my bed
And, no condomn within miles
Hi, Mr. Yuri.
We will be happy to make you happy.
I can't. I'd love to. But I can't
Yuri, You don't have anything
Don't you really like it?
What if I have AIDS? Don't you worry?
You worry too much
Why do you worry about something that can kill you in ten years
We know so many things that can kill you today
Now, how can we make you happy?
These are my Kalashnikov kids, my boy bridgades
I can see what you are thinking
We need every man we can get
Even if they are not man?
A bullet from year old just as effective as
one from our year old
often more effective
No one can stop bath of blood
It's not bath of blood. It's bloodbath
But, I prefer it my way
I am not going to pay your asked price
Besides, market is already flooded with your Kalashnikovs
Do you realize in some parts of my country you can get one
for the price of a chicken
But you can't just look at the unit price
You forget auxilary costs, end user certificates that we forge the notary
shell company setup, insurance purchase, piles of cruise hired.
not to mention the bribes
You cannot get a nut and bolt out of Eastern bloc without a bribe
There is one bribe for the nut another for the bolt.
Andy, Andy, listen to me. This is an expensive proposition
I'm going to pay you in timber or stone
It's kind of hard to get a tree truck in my hand luggage
I know you are planing a new offensive.
If you can delay a week
I can get you armored personnel carriers
It greatly reduce your casualties.
And, give you a significant strategic advantage
You know, they call me the Lord of War.
But, perhaps, it is you.
It's not Lord of War. It's Warlord
Thank you. But, I prefer it my way.
Conflict diamonds are common currency in West Africa
Also referred to as blood diamonds
Since bloodshed is with a generally financed.
By the late s, my wealth caught up to my lies about my wealth.
Even surpassed my lies.
I could even afford to be patron of the arts
I can't believe it. Of course, it's wonderful.
I just. I didn't expect it to happen so soon
Yes, that would be great too, yeah.
It's wonderful. Thank you so much.
Yuri, that was the dealer on the phone
She sold my first painting.
That is fantastic!
Well, who bought it?
It's someone important. They wanna remain anonymous
How was your trip?
You know same all same all.
Where is Nicky?
Ohh! In bed. I'm sorry. He couldn't stay up.
Well, it is best.
My first painting
I'm officially an artist.
This calls for a drink
Yuri, this is ... uhh
Candy, of course
Any friend of my brother is ... uhh
a friend of my brother
You have a beautiful everything
Yes, he does
Yes, I do
I'm gonna kiss Nicky good night
How are you brother?
No. You know. Still the resident family fuckup.
Yeah. Well. I guess someone has to do it.
Well, good night
Hey, Eva knows, right?
I never wanna say anything, right?
She doesn't have to know. She understands.
She is a survivor. Like me.
She may be a survivor. But, she is not like you
Really? She doesn't know how you pay all this.
We don't talk about it.
How many car salesman talk about their work.huh?
How many cigarette saleman? Both their products kill more people
every year than mine. At least, mine has safety switch.
Those guys can live there work at the office
So can I.
Goddam! You are good!
You know who they are
You almost have me convinced
Could you... uh? Could you help me out?
Why? Why? Why?
I don't know.
Why you so fucked up all the time?
Because I am.
I didn't know how much Eva really knew and
how much she ignored. She never questioned how I got
in transport business could afford qarat diamond earrings
I guess she didn't really wanna hear the answer
Mostly, she seemed content that I was a good provider
and, as far as she was concerned loyal.
Despite the other women, I have always made love to Eva
as if she was the only one.
I am not saying I didn't have set backs
It's not called gun running for nothing
You gotta be fast on your feet.
Some revolutions blow over before the guns even get there
There is nothing more expensive for an arms dealer than peace
Truce? What do you mean truce? Guns are already on their way.
Alright. Forget it! I'll re-route the shipment to the Balkans
When they see they're gonna have a war, they keep their word
Of course, new breed of gun runner requires new breed of cop.
Henry! Take Park Avenue
Take him on a tour to New Jersey
Yuri. There are men going through our garbage cans
It's probably some reporters looking for somebodyelse
I have a feeling they don't work for tabloids.
Yuri. Is there anything I should be worried about?
I love you.
I love you too
I was now best merchant of death alive
SOUTH OF KABALA, SIERRA LEONE -
I didn't own my own plane, I owned the fleet
Running guns in Liberia, Sierra Leone or the Ivory Coast
at least once a week
Most trips I had phoney paperwork. If the deadline was tight
I had to cut corners, I had no paperwork at all.
But I wasn't overly concerned.
There was hardly any radar over most of Africa
Even fewer people to watch it
Charlie, Eco, India, Reroute to Kabala Airport
on heading . Comply immediately!
Yuri. What the fuck is going on?
Colonel Suddern. It's Yuri.
I'm sorry to call you in this number. But I got Interpol all over my ass
I can't help you right now. It's not a good time.
Not a good time?
Charlie, Eco, India, Comply immediately!
This is your last warning!
When was the first fucking warning?
Flap your wings if you intend to comply.
I'm putting us down.
You land, we are all going away. I don't have paperwork
We are flying fucking bomb.
They are firing bullets at out bullets
I'm putting us down.
OK, OK ! Fuck !
This is Charlie-Eco-India. Request re-route to Kabala Airport
There. The highway. It is our only hope.
Are you fucking mad? A butthole will set us off
You ..... yourself Alexi. You are the best.
You are the shit Alexi. You are the shit! You are the shit!
You are the shit!
Of course, Alexi wasn't the best. He'd come nd out of at
Moscow Fligh School.
What is he doing? Is this guy nuts?
I can't land there safe
Kabal is only minutes away. He can't get far.
I want a truck and tar map
We're gonna be OK.
Where are you going?
As far from the evidence as we can get.
Wait! There is not gonna be an evidence.
Come here, come here!
Don't be shy. Free sample
Help yourself OK! Free sample. Tell your friends
Come on ! Help yourselves!
No charge! Everything goes!
Guys, guys! Come on!
Move it! Guns! Grenades! Take them all!
Everything goes for free!
What a cargo crew Heathrow Airport does in a day
took a bunch of malnursed Sierra Leonean locals ten minutes.
By the time Agent Valentine got there, you could find more guns
on plane full of quakers.
Yuri Orlov. Ouch! Fuck! Fuck!
You run from us?
No, NBC No!
You can run with no legs
Let me make him disappear Mr. Valentine
Around here, people disappear all the time.
I can't do that.
Look where we are. Who will know?
He is gonna get what is coming to him
I am not as certain
What's the charge?
What are you doing in Sierra Leon?
I am on Safari
Yeah? You are hunting wild beast with submachine gun
Do you also work with the park service?
Hunting without a license. Is that the charge?
Why are we playing games? You traffic arms
Trade. Traffic. You get rich by giving the poorest people on the planet
the means to continue killing each other.
Do you know why I do what I do?
There are more prestigous assignments. Keeping track of nuclear arsenals
You think that more critical to world security.
But, it's not.
No. Nine out of ten, our victims today are killed with assault rifles
and small arms. Like yours.
Does nuclear missiles, they're sitting in their silos.
Your AK- . That is the real weapon of mass destruction
I don't want people death, Agent Valentine.
I don't put a gun to anybody's head and make them shoot.
.....But shooting was better for business.
But, I prefer people to fire my guns in mass.
Just as long as they are firing.
Can I go now? You got nothing on me.
Since you are so concerned with the law, you must know that
I am legally permitted to hold you for hours without charging you
You might ask why I would do that.
I can assure you, it is not because I enjoy your company because I don't
No. The reason why I would delay you for every second of the permissible
hours is I am delaying your deadly trade in the deaths of your victims
I don't think of it is taking a day from you. But giving a day to them
Some innocent men, women,or child is gonna
have an extra day on this earth
because you are not free
So. I will see you i hours and minutes
Valentine knew he did not have to guard me.
There was nowhere to go.
May be he was hoping locals would tear me apart
But they were too busy with plane
Like parking your car in a certain neighborhood in the Bronx.
You just don't do it
The way I looked at it, it is the way of Africa
Maybe life. Everything that comes from the earth
Even a -ton Antenov cargo plane
A gift. For you.
You know, you've arrived just in time.
I am so affraid that he might die before you go to a chance
to kill him
This man came here hoping to take your place
Is that not so?
No. I am not here to suppy Mr. Baptiste
I am here to supply his enemies
I fear it is a sale I shall never complete
He killed your blood. Your uncle
Then he tried to kill you
You want us to let him go
No. No. I...
You do want him dead. You just don't want to it yourself
So. We will do this together.
This will be a bonding experience.
You know you can stop this anytime that you want
But I don't think you do
Just say the word
They will get you another room, my friend
What a match nice of you
He ordered you braun-braun
What is it?
Mix of cocaine and the gun powder
They give it to the young boys before they go to battle
They do anyting
Some other time
I suggest you try to .... once Mr. Yuri
Because it is your gunpowder
Even before that I started doing a lot of cocaine in West Africa
I never tried braun-braun before. And, I never killed a man either.
Ooh! I didn't do anything, did I?
I didn't do anything, did I?
You didn't do much.
What? Are you sick?
Ask the white man. He will know
Sir! Will my hand grow back?
Remember, Yuri! Take sides!
Stop! He is unconscious
I'm sorry. They don't usually do that.
Let me look at him. Maybe I can fix it. Let me see him
It's the magazine.
I started to feel I have been cursed
The curse of invincibilty
Nicky, please go to your room
I don't believe you
Can you prove any of this
Mr. Orlov goes to a lot of trouble to make his business
look legitimate. Even to you?
Perhaps, especially to you
I don't expect to find anything here today
So, what do you want?
I was hoping that you would help me
I understand that your parents died tragically
The illegal firearms used to murder your mother and father
were taken from man like your husband
I would like you to leave
O.K. ! Gentlemen!
Eva, what is wrong?
I can't wear the cloth. I can't wear the jewellery
I can't drive the car. I can't live in this house
Everything has got blood on it
Blood on it?
What is the matter with you?
Don't be so melodramatic
It is melodramatic
I told you. These people. It's political.
They lie. They are liars. Look at me. Look
They lie to make themselves look good.
You can't trust them
It's not just...mmm?
Don't worry. Jack didn't say anything
They didn't have to
I sell people means to defend themselves Eva.
Yuri. I see the news, I see those pictures.
There is nothing illegal about what I do
I don't care if it is legal
It makes no difference if I stop
Someone will take my place the next day
Let them. We have enough
It's not about the money
And, what is it?
I am good at it
I feel like all I have done my whole life is be pretty
I mean, all I have done is be born
....not much good as mother
come to think of it that I am not that pretty anymore
I have failed everything Yuri
But, I won't fail as a human being
My enemy has finally found the weapon that could hurt me
For the next six months I stopped running guns
I went legitimate
This is an untapped market. I am talking over million
cubic meters of timber first year alone. Over exploitable
species. Between you and me. Oil. Ten thousand barrels a month
He must be lying. He is talking.
Listen gas reserves of Ivory Coast that OPEC doesn't know about
Phone numbers are all checked out. It's all legal
No wonder Valentine was confused
Thank God. There are still legal ways
to exploit developing countries
But the only problem with an honest buck is that they are so
hard to make. The margins are too low. Too many people doing it
Still. I promised Eva
Yuri. President of Liberia is on his way up
He is early. I will be back in a minute
What the fuck are you doing here, Andre?
We are here for peace talks at the United Nations
So, at the same time you thought to drop in your arms dealer
I was beginning to wonder that was still your profession
You know you are a hard man to get hold of all of a sudden
It is a shame
My son and I, we were hoping to do a little shopping.
While we are here in New York
You know they are watching you
Yes. I know they blame me for everything those hypocrates.
Hostilities have escalated
They are making it very difficult for me to re-supply
That requires a man of your rare ingenuity
I can't help you. I'm sorry
But, you should know this.
Due to our present situation we are compelled to be unusually generous
So, see you soon
Lord of War
You still haven't brought me the gun of Rambo
At four and half months old, a human fetus has a reptile's tail
A remenant of revolution
Maybe that's what I couldn't escape.
You can fight a lot of enemies and survive
Prep you fight your biology, you always lose
You guys are waiting to say goodbye
and I'm leaving for another ten minutes
Sorry, Nicky is ......
You know I'm kind of glad that you are going
You've been here so long,
you started to get on my nerves
This whole concession should be wrapped by Thursday
I'll be back for the weekend. We'll go somewhere.
That will be fine
Hey, you trust me, right?
She looked me directly in the eye, the way I've looked
thousand customs officials, government bureaucrats, and
law enforcement agents.
Yes. I trust you
And, she lied without flinching
She learned from the past
Where are we going mama?
It's a game honey
Like hide and seek?
Yes. Like hide and seek
I can always sense when I am being tailed
I know what to look for
But, I've never been tailed by woman I love
I can put myself in Eva'a place
She might have understood if the combination was
last four digits of my social security number, my birthday
even her birthday. But not Nicholai's
My son's birthday unlocked with the government later
described as a catalogue of carnage.
Nicky. Stay right here.
Come on Nicky.
Come to see other helpless?
I miss your bosh.
Mom and dad say you are clean
Yeah. You too
You went legit huh?
It's hard to believe
That's because it is not true
Only you know
I'm leaving tonight on a job. I want you to come
I got a girlfriend. I think she might be the one
Plus, I am thinking of opening my place.
Maybe this triple help. It's good money
Yuri. I've given my word.
No one has to know
We will tell them we are going for the law and order
What do you need me for all of a sudden?
I wanna stay because fucked up
More than usual.
I can't trust anybody
I need you to watch my back
Brothers in arms
MONROVA, LIBERIA -
Welcome both of you
Welcome to democracy
Democracy? What have you been drinking, Andy?
You have not seen the news. You know they accuse me of
rigging elections. But after this. With your Florida
Your Supreme Court of Kangroos now. The US will shut up forever.
How do you do this, Yuri? Huh?
How do you do this when they are watching all over my airspace?
Where there is a will, there is a weapon.
Come on. Where is my fucking money?
When it is delivered.
It is delivered
This is not for me. This is for my neighbors to the West
The West? We are going to Sierra Leona?
And, my son. Baptiste Junior will go with you
to make the proper introductions
We have no trucks.
You will. As soon as we get the food out of them.
Gun of Rambo. Listen Yuri. You are man of your word
So, we are we going.
RUF. Freedom fighters
Every faction in Africa call themselves with these noble names
Liberation This, Patriotic That, Democratic Republic of Something Rather
I guess they can know now what they usually are
Federation of World Suppressors in the Last Bunch of Oppressors
Often the most barbaric atrocities occur when both call
themselves freedom fighters.
Right. Have units. Brand new. Right out of box.
All as clear as this. What have you got?
Yuri. I need to talk to you
We can't do this deal.
Fuck, we can. What is the matter with you?
Look! Look over there!
As soon as we hand off the guns, these people are going to die
It's not our business
They killed the boy just now as young as Nicky.
What is the hold up?
There is no hold up. I'll be right there
Vitali. It is what we always know
We can't control what they do.
No. Not today that we can't. We can. They are right there
What do you thing they will do to us if we back out?
They'll kill us.
If we go ahead what do you think they will do to them
We gotta do something
Please, for fuck's sake
It's not our fight
Please. Brothers in arms
What is he saying?
It's the deal. My brother is not happy with the terms
but we are working it out. It's nothing
Right? It's nothing
This is not our fight.
Right. OK. What's the deal? Three angel RPGs
assault rifles and grenades
I thought it was grenades
I was so caught up in the deal, I never realized
what was going on in Vitali's head
I thought it was grenades
Come to think about it. Maybe I never understood
what was going in his head
I beg your pardon
May I see another stone?
One thing I do understand for certain is that Vitali
broke the cardinal rule of gun running
Never pick up a gun enjoying the customers
What are you doing?
Something for Yuri
Step away. Slow.
Only half the guns were gone. So, I was still entitled
to have the diamonds.
If I took them I was lost.
If I left them I was lost
They played out how Vitali predicted
But, then, half dozen other massacres happened in Sierra Leon
that week. You can't stop them all.
In my experience, you can' stop any of them.
They say, evil prevails when good man failed to act
What the odd says, evil prevails.
I now shared more in common with the leader of that country
God seemed to have foresaken
We saw something in each other neither one of us liked
or, maybe we were just looking in the mirror
JFK AIRPORT, NEW YORK -
I paid Monrovian doctor remove bullets from Vitali's body
and write a bogus death certificate.
I should have paid him more
I smuggled millions of rounds of ammunition
and the bullet that lends me in jail found under my dead
We are with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobbacco and Firearms.
Let me guess. This is not about Alcohol and Tobacco
Both my sons are dead
There are only two tragedies in life
One is not getting what you want
The other is getting it
This is one of yours
Jack Valentine finally had what he wanted
Curiously. Death certificate says he died of heart failure
For supplying false death certificate. It's not gonna hold me
You are right.
As usual you are right
Have you seen today's paper?
MERCHANT OF DEATH IN CUSTODY
Fake end user certificates. Cut out companies
meticilously catalogued. They are as hardly warlord,
dictator, despot anywhere in the world you are not on the first
name basis with.
It was your wife, your trophy wife
that led us to the prize
It's not her fault. She is just easier to follow than you are
Yeah. Go ahead!
This. Tell me I am everything you despised
That I am the personification of evil. That I am, what?
responsible for the breakdown of the fabric of society and world order
I am a one-man genocide.
Say everything you wanna say to me now
Because you don't have more
Are you paying attention? Or, are you dillusional?
You have broken every arms embargo written. There is enough
evidence here to put you away for consecutive life sentences
You are gonna spend the next years of your life going
from a cell to a courtroom before even start serving your time
I don't think you fully appreciate the seriousness of
My family has disowed me.
My wife and son have left me.
My brother is dead
Trust me. I fully appreciate the seriousness of my situation
But I promise you. I won't spend a single second in courtroom
You are dillusional
I like you Jack. Maybe not. But I understand you
Let me tell you what is gonna happen
This way you can prepare yourself
Soon there is gonna be a knock on that door
and you will be called outside
In the hall, there will be a man who outranks you
First, he will complement you on the fine job you have done
and you are making the world safer place
that you are to receive commendation and a promotion
and then, he is going to tell you that I am to be released
You're gonna protest. You'll probably threaten to resign
But in the end, I will be released.
The reason I will be released is the same reason you think
I'll be convicted. I do rub shoulders some of the most vile
sadistic man, calling themselves leaders today
But some of those men, are the enemies of your enemies
While the biggest arms dealer in the world is your boss
The President of United States
which ships more merchandise in a day than I do in a year
sometimes it is embarassing to have his fingerprints on the guns
sometimes he needs a freelancer like me to supply forces
he can't be seen supplying.
So? You call me evil, but unfortunately for you
I am a necessary evil.
I would tell you to go to hell.
But I think you are already there
Pleasure doing business with you
Most people are happy just to get out of jail
I expect to paid to leave. I am not a fool.
I know that they just needed me that day that
they wouldn't make me a scapegoat the next. But I was back
doing what I do best.
Umbrellas to the Sahara?
You know who is going to inherit the earth
Because everyone else is too busy killing each other
That is the secret to survival
Never go to war.
Especially with yourself
THIS FILM IS BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS
WHILE PRIVATE GUNRUNNERS CONTINUE TO THRIVE, THE WORLD'S BIGGEST
ARMS SUPPLIERS ARE THE U.S., U.K., RUSSIA, FRANCE AND CHINA
THEY ARE ALSO THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF TEH U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL