War Dogs - Miles Teller and Jonah Hill
War Dogs - David (Miles Teller) and Efraim (Jonah Hill) © 2015 Warner Bros

You may find type of comedy in War Dogs echoing that of The Hangover films. This is no surprise with many of the people behind the scenes being involved in both.

Below are extracts from the script of the two characters, Efraim (Jonah Hill) and David (Miles Teller) which give a good idea of the movie. As you will see they certainly don’t seem to be the expected international arms dealer types!

David: “No offense, but I’m against this war…”
Efraim: “Dude, I’m against this war, too! …This isn’t about being pro-war. The war is happening. This is about being pro-money.”

David: “They called guys like us “war dogs”— bottom feeders who make money off of war without ever stepping foot on the battlefield. It was meant to be derogatory. But we kinda liked it.”

Later things have progressed a bit…
David: “You seriously wanna drive to Baghdad?”
Efraim: “David, we’re gun runners. Let’s go run some guns.”

One interesting fun fact:- the movie was originally called Arms and the Dudes, which perhaps would have been more descriptive. What maybe surprising about War Dogs is actually based on true events!

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War Dogs Official Lowdown


War Dogs comes from director Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame. It’s a comedic drama based on true events and stars Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball) and Miles Teller (Whiplash, the Divergent trilogy).

We follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War. Here they exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on US Military contracts!

They start small and begin raking in big money and then are living the high life. However the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal. This results with them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the US Government!

The film also stars Ana de Armas (Knock Knock) and four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (American Sniper).

The screenplay is by Stephen Chin and Todd Phillips & Jason Smilovic, based on the Rolling Stone article titled Arms and the Dudes, by Guy Lawson. Mark Gordon, Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper are the producers, with David Siegel and Bryan Zuriff serving as executive producers.

This film has been rated R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual references.


War Dogs Theatrical release dates

US and Canada: August 19th 2016
UK: August 26th 2016