“How did two twenty something young men land a $300 million dollar pentagon contract?” Previously titled Arms and the Dudes, ‘War Dogs’ is a comedy arms-dealing war drama based on a true story of two young men, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Oscar nominee Jonah Hill) who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.
“They call guys like us War Dogs. Bottom feeder who make money off of war without every stepping foot on the battle field. It was meant to be derogatory but we kind of liked it.” The story follows the two friends living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
“They call guys like us war dogs — bottom feeders who make money off of war without ever stepping foot in the battlefield. It was meant to be derogatory, but we kinda liked it.” Directed by Todd Phillips, the screenplay is by Stephen Chin and Phillips and Jason Smilovic, based on the Rolling Stone article titled “Arms and the Dudes,” by Guy Lawson. Lawson has since written a 2015 non-fiction book Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History.
“You drove these through the triangle of death?” With a cast that includes Ana de Armas, J. B. Blanc and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (who serves as a producer), ‘War Dogs’ hits theaters August 19, 2016.
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