The 2005 crime, war film, Lord of War was written, produced, and directed by Andrew Niccol. The film starred Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto Ethan Hawke and Bridget Moynahan. Inspired by several stories of real-life arms dealers and smugglers, the movie makes reference to their need as a “necessary evil” to distribute weapons so major governments can deny involvement.
The film contains a scene featuring 50 tanks, which were provided by a Czech source. The tanks were only available until December of the year of filming, and speculated that the dealer needed them to sell in Libya. As well, the production team rented 3000 real SA Vz. 58 rifles to stand in for AK 47s because they were cheaper than prop guns.
The film was officially endorsed by the human rights group Amnesty International for highlighting the arms trafficking by the international arms industry.
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