In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
This movie charts the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early 1980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to mobsters in his local neighborhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 1990s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. This movie also charts his relationship through the years with his younger brother, his marriage to a famous model, his relentless pursuit by a determined INTERPOL Agent and his inner demons that sway between his drive for success and the immorality of what he does.Written by
Yuri Orlov is a composite of five real arms dealers. See more »
During the 1983 arms fair, Orlov claims the Simeon Weisz sold the Exocet missiles used in the Falklands war. Those particular Exocet missiles (French made air-ship weapons used by the Argentinean Armada against the Royal Navy) were directly brought by Argentinean president Leopoldo Galtieri from the French government. In fact, this resulted in an unpleasant reunion involving French president François Mitterrand and the British government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during the peak of hostilities. No arms dealers were involved, but it is possible that for film reasons movie makers made it so. See more »
You look a little lost is the world changing too fast?
I'm here aren't I?
Not all of you I don't think, you've gotten so rich selling for the CIA that you can't seem to get that ideology out of your head
The Cold War had its uses, it kept the tensions frozen, now it's harder to determine which side to go on, and things have become complicated
No it's gotten simpler there's no place in gun running for politics
This current state of chaos could last forever there has to be order instead of ...
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Before the end credits roll a message appears stating that the top 5 sellers of arms in the world are China, Russia, the UK, USA, and France - all of whom make up the permanent five members of the UN security council. See more »
For the US DVD release the aspect ratio of the film was changed to 1,78:1. A few weeks after the initial release the DVD was reissued with the film in its original aspect ratio of 2,35:1. See more »
I was really surprised that Hollywood was able to tackle a huge moral morass like the black market arms trade and leave the moral issues in the audience's lap. Yuri (played by Nicholas Cage) goes to work in a particularly ugly world. When he says that he's had a bad day at the office, you can be pretty sure that someone has been shot or blown up. At any event, what I liked about this picture was that although Yuri obviously has some moral issues to wrestle with, he does so on his own terms, and we are left to figure out the rights and the wrongs. Since most movie-goers don't like to leave a movie with food for thought, this picture may not play very broadly in theaters, but I hope it gets a good audience on video. I also though that Jared Leto was wonderful as Yuri's tragically addicted and unhappy brother.
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