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War Dogs - an unlikely true story

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War Dogs - an unlikely true story

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War Dogs tells the true story of Hill and Teller, two friends in their early twenties living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative allowing small businesses to bid on US military contracts.

Starting small, they begin raking in money and living the high life. They soon get in over their heads when they land a $300 million Afghan military contract. The deal puts them in business with some very shady characters, some from the US government itself.

“I think it’s just a story that’s so crazy you can’t believe it actually happened. If you read a fictional screenplay about this story, you wouldn’t make it because you’d go, ‘oh, it’s a cool script but no one would believe that actually took place,’ said actor Jonah Hill.

“So to me it was just this unbelievable story about people kind of abusing the ‘American dream’ and the character was just kind of too insane”.

Biting satyrical comedy

Director and Co-Writer Todd Phillips, said he was interested in the financial aspects of war and conflict:

“Yeah, I mean we thought about that, it’s obviously a huge business in a lot of countries, the arms business. For me it was this – there are a lot of movies that have been made about war, there are a lot of movies that have been made about soldiers and how patriotic they are, there haven’t been a lot of movies that shine a light on the obscene amount of money that a small group of people make on war.”

The all-star team

Oscar nominees Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Steve Jobs”), Todd Phillips (“Borat”) and Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”) are the producers, with David Siegel and Bryan Zuriff serving as executive producers.

“War Dogs” reunites Phillips with several of his collaborators from “The Hangover” trilogy, including director of photography Lawrence Sher, production designer Bill Brzeski and editor Jeff Groth.

Real life “war dogs”

The screenplay is based on a Rolling Stone article entitled “Arms and the Dudes,” by Guy Lawson. Though a buddy comedy at heart, the film does expose the insidious underbelly of the arms trade through a most unlikely true story.

“War Dogs” began its global theatrical roll on 18 August and will be released in the UK on 26 August 2016.

Remaining worldwide release dates

Philippines: 24 August 2016
Argentina: 25 August 2016
Denmark: 25 August 2016
UK: 26 August 2016
Chile: 1 September 2016
Croatia: 1 September 2016
Singapore: 1 September 2016
France: 11 September 2016 (Deauville Film Festival)
France: 14 September 2016
Hong Kong: 15 September 2016
Italy: 15 September 2016
Greece: 22 September 2016
Austria: 23 September 2016
Germany: 29 September 2016
Indonesia: 7 October 2016

Also known as

Arms and the Dudes
Brazil: Cães de Guerra
Chile: Amigos de armas
Greece: Σκυλιά του πολέμου
Croatia: Psi rata
Hungary: Haverok fegyverben
Italy: Trafficanti
Lithuania: Karo sunys
Poland: Rekiny wojny
Portugal: Os Traficantes
Russia: Парни со стволами
Slovenia: Vojni psi

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