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Charlie Wilson's War

Movie
2007
1h 42m
R
English
Comedy, Drama, History
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7.2
Critic Score: 
75
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The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Charlie Wilsons War Poster

Charlie Wilson's War

R
Movie
2007
1h 42m
English
Comedy, Drama, History
The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
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Tom Hanks
Charlie Wilson
Amy Adams
Bonnie Bach
Julia Roberts
Joanne Herring
Emily Blunt
Jane Liddle
Om Puri
President Zia
Shiri Appleby
Jailbait - Charlie's Angels
Rachel Nichols
Suzanne - Charlie's Angels
Wynn Everett
Receptionist - Charlie's Angel
Jud Tylor
Crystal Lee
Denis OHare
Harold Holt
Ned Beatty
Doc Long
Harry S Murphy
Congressional Committee
Enayat Delawary
Doc Long's Translator
Peter Gerety
Larry Liddle
Navid Negahban
Refugee Camp Translator
PJ Byrne
Jim Van Wagenen
Mozhan Marn
Refugee Camp Translator #2
Michael Spellman
Agent Patrick
Russell Edge
Agent Wells
Christopher Denham
Mike Vickers
Directed By: Mike Nichols
Written By: Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay)

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dunpealhunter says...
11 years ago
Fantastic movie. It really shows that the USA went in with the best intentions, but as (the real) Charlie Wilson put it: we fucked up the end. This was good performance from everyone involved. From Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. I can't say that this was star actor Tom Hanks his best movie, but only because there are so many good movies from this guy. But its definitely high up the list.
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drqshadow says...
3 years ago
A Cliff's Notes version of American involvement in the Afghan / Soviet war in the mid '80s, this covered quite a bit of ground in a relatively short amount of time. Tom Hanks's Wilson is a charismatic, entertaining character with the talent to always come up with the right words for the moment, but he's upstaged every time he shares the screen with Philip Seymour Hoffman's thick-spectacled CIA op, Gust Avrakotos. The two make for a dynamite pairing that can cover extremely deep, complicated topics in casual conversation without seeming overly technical or dull, which was certainly a huge risk in a film that spends so much time behind closed doors in Washington. Julia Roberts can't even begin to keep up, and is something of an uncomfortable fit when she's forced into such scenes. An important history lesson, and a brief glimpse behind the staged photos and forced smiles of the political meet-and-greet, this sheds a lot of light on our modern standing in the middle east.
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PorterUk says...
3 years ago
Quality abounds. The cast, the script, the tightness of the pacing. It's not without flaws. Stock footage cheapen the look, the American political heroism. The scene with the revolving discussions between the female staff and Gust. Excellent. Sorkin's always delivers a fantastic witty, intelligent script that is mired with condescension. This one is like a leftover West Wing special. All in all, well made and moves at a chippy pace. Worth a watch. 7.5/10
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AdamMorgan says...
4 years ago
This is the perfect example of where the rotten tomatoes score is completely misleading. I can see how it got an 82% as it wasn't terrible. That said, the parts where a zillion times better than the sum. And let me get this straight - a democratic had to try to convince republicans to go to war? Please. From what I read the story is pure fiction.
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Ragnar Danneskjöld
7/10  3 years ago
It's always nice to get a history lesson. Unfortunately, having it filtered to meet an agenda turns into nothing more than an attempt to rewrite history to tell a preferred story, which some people might call propaganda, rather than what really happened. I actually read the book, along with livi More
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