Lord of War

Lord of War (2005)

Ending / spoiler

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In Africa, Vitaly (Jared Leto) tries to stop a deal that Yuri (Nicolas Cage) is making with a group of "freedom fighters" (who are going to slaughter a small village) by attempting to destroy two trucks with guns and ammo but he is killed (and Baptiste's son is also killed). Yuri pays a doctor to remove the bullets from Vitaly's body but one bullet is left inside and when the coffin goes through Customs at the airport, Yuri is arrested. Yuri's wife and son leave him and his parents disown him. While in custody, Yuri says to agent Valentine (Ethan Hawke) that he won't be detained for very long because he has connections; that not only does he provide weapons for the enemies of the U.S. but also to the enemies of the enemies of the U.S. and he also mentions that he's a "necessary evil". Yuri is released moments after mentioning this and we briefly see that one of his connections is someone of high rank in the U.S. military. The final scene is Yuri standing in a village with the ground covered in bullets; he says directly at the camera that when the world ends, the only people left alive will be arms dealers because they provide weapons but they don't pick sides. "That's the secret to survival. Never go to war."


Continuity mistake: When Ava is in Yuri's trailer discovering all the guns and things, Nicolai is shown behind the blue things hanging from the ceiling. It cuts to a close up of Ava, then it cuts back to where you can see where Nicolai was standing, but he is gone. It cuts back to Ava and then back again, and he is there.

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Trivia: While shooting the scenes on the Ukrainan military base, director Andrew Niccol had to inform NATO that he was shooting a movie, and that was what the line-up of tanks was for. Otherwise, NATO might have mistaken it as a mobilisation of a division.


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