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War Dogs (2016)

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Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

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Todd Phillips

Writers:

Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... David Packouz
Steve Lantz Steve Lantz ... Security Guard
Gregg Weiner Gregg Weiner ... Massage Client
David Packouz ... Singer at Hilldale Home
Eddie Jemison ... Hilldale Home Manager
Julian Sergi ... Rosen
Daniel Berson ... Rabbi
Jonah Hill ... Efraim Diveroli
Edson Jean Edson Jean ... Drug Dealer
Daimion Johnson ... Drug Dealer (as Damion Johnson)
Bethuel Fletcher Bethuel Fletcher ... Drug Dealer
Ana de Armas ... Iz
Kevin Pollak ... Ralph Slutsky
Gabriela Alvarez Gabriela Alvarez ... Club Girl
Dan Bilzerian ... Dan Bilzerian
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Storyline

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. Written by Warner Bros

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Taglines:

Hustling their way to the American Dream See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Arabic | Albanian | Romanian

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Dudes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,685,305, 19 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,017,433, 16 October 2016
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The beach sunset scene Efraim has adorning the wall of his office at AEY is another reference to Scarface (1983). Frank Lopez had the same scene painted on the wall of his office. See more »

Goofs

When it is firstly presented Albania, in fact it can be seen a picture of Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania. See more »

Quotes

Efraim Diveroli: I think you should come work for me.
David Packouz: I'm against this war
Efraim Diveroli: This isn't about being pro-war. This is about being pro-money.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Knows
Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) & Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Eye opening - very interesting and funny look at arms dealing
1 September 2016 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

The story is eye opening, relevant and very clearly told with a humorous tone through the serious subject matter. This is based on a true story with some fictionalized elements to make it entertaining. A massage therapist links up with a childhood friend who is a small time arms dealer. Very interesting to get a look at the legal but morally questionable world of arms dealing. I thought this would be a juvenile buddy movie with a bit of war thrown in but it isn't.

Jonah Hill has some funny lines and he does a great job with the over the top character but he can be subtly sinister when he needs to be. Miles Teller plays his character sympathetically and I liked him here. Quite different from the rather annoying characters he usually plays. Bradley Cooper who produced the movie and has a small but pivotal role and he is effective as an arms dealer.

Quite a transporting experience as the action takes you from Miami to Jordan and Iraq with some funny situations there and Albania.

Watch this movie. It deserves to do better than it has so far.


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