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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

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Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... David Packouz
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 ... 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

In 2005, David Packouz lives in Miami, Florida, working as a massage therapist and living with his girlfriend Iz. Desiring an additional source of income, David spends his life savings on high-quality Egyptian cotton sheets, planning to sell them to Miami retirement homes, but this venture fails to produce results. At a funeral for a friend, David runs into his high school best friend Efraim Diveroli, who had moved to Los Angeles some years prior to work with his uncle selling guns. Efraim has left his uncle and formed his own company, AEY, which fills orders for arms placed by the US government due to the ongoing war in Iraq. David's life takes another turn when his girlfriend informs him that she is pregnant. Efraim offers him a job at AEY, and even though David and Iz both vehemently oppose the war, David eventually agrees, telling his girlfriend that he has begun selling his cotton sheets to the US government through Efraim's contacts..

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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

Gross USA:

$43,017,433
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf were in talks to star. See more »

Goofs

According to news and talk shows seen on David's television the day before and after he started working for Efraim, it was late Feburary 2005. In voiceover, he states that he learned the business over the next six weeks, which would advance the story to mid-April 2005, but in a montage of him learning how to use the federal website, the synopsis for the Beretta webpage is dated in March 2006. See more »

Quotes

David Packouz: Do you seriously want to drive to Baghdad?
Efraim Diveroli: david, we're gun runners. Let's go run some guns.
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Features Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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Pushka Kërkon Trima (Rritu Biri i Nënës)
Written by Arben Duka and Tonin Tërshana
Performed by Albanian Popular Music Ensemble of Tirana
Courtesy of Musical Ark
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Seems like an odd pairing of Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a war pic, but real great pic.
19 August 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Similar tone to Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, It was a lot more serious than what I expected after seeing the trailer. It's not the first time I've seen either Miles Teller or Jonah Hill in something more dramatic, I just may have assumed their first real outing together in a movie would be more of a straight up comedy.

Semi based on a true story of two young guys from Miami who became arms dealers, Miles Teller narrates the story of how David Packouz teamed up with this best friend from the tenth grade, Efraim Diveroli and got in too over his head.

I was expecting more comedy from the two rather than just two young stars being entertaining. The movie is not disappointing with the team of Teller and Hill. If you are a fan of either one of these guys you are going to love the film.

Jonah Hill gives a performance that seem to be something between what he did in 21 Jump Street and the Wolf of Wall Street. The part just fits him so well as he plays a con man who tries to be everyone to everything on the outside but is really evil in the inside, and no matter how much you discover about his evil, Hill still makes the character likable.

But the likability is more met for Miles Teller, who Hill is supporting with greatness. Teller plays the sympathetic role of a man whose lost in his life at a time when his girl is about to have a baby, and he needs the money.

Director, Todd Phillips weaves a story about how people have profited from the war, and done bad things to profit from a bad war. It's almost like the Big Short, with it's explanation about how the arms game really works, but I always felt that the actual story was getting overshadow by the personalities of the two stars worthy of watching.

But overall, It is a very funny film and very entertaining, thanks to the Hill, Teller combo

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