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Just for something different, given the climate on certain threads here, I thought I'd bring up a different topic.

If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend Lord of War - which here in the States is now available on DVD. It got horrific reviews [which is puzzling] - however, it was the best film I have seen personally so far in 2006, and I plan to add it to the old library and watch it again.

http://www.lordofwarthemovie.com/

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Lord of War (2005)

According to Andrew Niccol, the filmmakers worked with actual gunrunners in the making of the film. The tanks lined up for sale were owned by a gunrunner who had to have them back to sell to another country. They used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns. The gunrunners were more cooperative and efficient than the studio or the crew.

This film is based on actual events.

Yuri Orlov is a composite of five real arms dealers.

No US studios would back the film. Foreign finances were secured instead.

The tanks seen in the movie were real and belonged to a Czech arms-dealer.

Before shooting the scene where tanks were lined up for sale, the filmmaker had to warn NATO, lest they think a real war was being started when they see satellite images of the set.

An interesting link to a Jack Ruby article on the subject of his involvement in trafficking.

http://www.jfklancer.com/mobconnections.html

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If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend Lord of War - which here in the States is now available on DVD. It got horrific reviews [which is puzzling] - however, it was the best film I have seen personally so far in 2006, and I plan to add it to the old library and watch it again.

I loved the film and have recommended it to others. It started off as a comedy and ended very darkly. In this post I started to get into a certain plot twist and then realized I would really be spoiling it for others. So I'll just say that there came a point when it reminded me of the subterranean role of gunrunning in the events of Dallas. I recommended the film to Tosh Plumlee, as it reflected much of what he has tried to impart with regard to the activities of M-26-7.

T.C.

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If you haven't seen it, I'd highly recommend Lord of War - which here in the States is now available on DVD. It got horrific reviews [which is puzzling] - however, it was the best film I have seen personally so far in 2006, and I plan to add it to the old library and watch it again.

I loved the film and have recommended it to others. It started off as a comedy and ended very darkly. In this post I started to get into a certain plot twist and then realized I would really be spoiling it for others. So I'll just say that there came a point when it reminded me of the subterranean role of gunrunning in the events of Dallas. I recommended the film to Tosh Plumlee, as it reflected much of what he has tried to impart with regard to the activities of M-26-7.

T.C.

Tim,

I thought the same thing - I have a friend who left Telecom to get into a similar business several years ago. He has told me many stories. It amazing where his business takes him, and the folks he meets with.

I didn't want to share the plot either, but the cold war piece was something that I think was very interesting in regards to supply and demand and market shifts. As I watched the film, it kept occurring to me that someone with real knowledge had to have participated in the writing - then when I reached the end and it said 'based upon actual events,' I wasn't at all surprised.

- lee

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As I watched the film, it kept occurring to me that someone with real knowledge had to have participated in the writing - then when I reached the end and it said 'based upon actual events,' I wasn't at all surprised.

The film evoked images of the twisted gunrunning operations involving the theft of National Guard Armory weapons, such as the one in Texas the month of the assassination. It's hard to imagine how such robberies could have occurred so frequently without some governmental complicity.

T.C.

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