The Notorious Mr. Bout

Directed by Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Film Movement
90 Minutes
Russia, USA
Russian, English
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The Notorious Mr. Bout examines the life of international arms dealer Viktor Bout as he builds his empire under the shadows of the fall of Communism, as a series of governments willingly look the other way. Contrasting Bout’s personal home movies with the DEA surveillance footage from the sting operation that led to his arrest, this carefully crafted documentary offers an alternative to what was once a clear-cut depiction of character, crime, country and the Constitution. The film's recommended for College and University studies in Criminology, Economics, International Policy, Journalism, Media Studies, Political Science, and Russian Studies.


  • Alla Bout
  • Sergei Bout
  • Viktor Bout
  • Wim Brown
  • Highest Rating
    "Impressive: a disturbing and darkly funny portrait of a complex, frightening individual."
    Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
  • Highest Rating
    "A somewhat grotesquely comic, very entertaining portrait of a man known to many as 'the Merchant of Death.'"
    Dennis Harvey, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "The spectacular rise and fall of an infamous Russian arms dealer provides the plot of this entertaining real-life thriller."
    Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "The Notorious Mr Bout is a fascinating insight into the corruption of free-market capitalism, and what happens when anything goes and borders become irrelevant. "
    Lisa Giles-Keddie, HeyUGuys

Awards & Recognition

Grand Jury Prize
Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize
Miami Film Festival
Official Selection
Official Selection
Nantucket Film Festival

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