Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War

DVD - 2008 | Widescreen
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In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seems to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Based on a true story.

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New2Columbia2016
Aug 19, 2020

The theme of this movie deserved better treatment. The story behind it was one for the ages.

If you do check it out, I encourage you to watch is extra short film, "Who is Charlie Wilson?" It is about thirteen minutes and it provides excellent insight into the man and the war he supported.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

This movie appealed to me not because of the storyline, but because two of my favorite celebrities; Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts have finally been on screen together! I liked the chemistry between them but as a whole, I found "Charlie" a very boring and confusing movie. I'll admit that I have no interest in Charlie Wilson or the events that happened, so I found myself lost while trying to follow the storyline. The most interesting scenes were those of Roberts and Hanks. And because of that, I found myself scanning the film until I found scenes featuring the two of them. I know this wasn't a romance but I would love to see these two paired up again sometime. If you're renting this mainly as a fan of Tom Hanks, you may be surprised at this film. This is a Tom Hanks I've never seen before; occasional nudity and frequent use of the "F" word from Hanks made for a rather disturbing film from someone I admire as an actor.

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Jessi52
Mar 09, 2019

Great acting, great director, fabulous story. If only we had put money into schools in Afghanistan. What could have happened??

Director Mike Nichols tries to square the circle here by portraying the largest clandestine war in U.S. history, the one that led to the creation of Al Qaeda and hence 9/11, as the guileless and well-meaning project of a lovable rake, the Democratic congressman from Texas, Charlie Wilson. At the end of the picture the viewer is supposed to be left muttering, "If only those louts in Congress would have listened to Charlie Wilson. . . ." It is a tougher sell in 2018 than when the movie premiered in 2007 given that in the last five years the U.S. has done the whole gigantic covert jihadi war thing all over again, this time in Syria, with Operation Timber Sycamore. Brought to us thanks not to a Republican administration but Barack Obama.

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firefly5
Jan 05, 2018

Interesting film, but not on I would watch a second time.

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Janice21383
Jul 01, 2016

Turning points of history usually make lively viewing. In hindsight, or even in foresight, the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, and the West's support of the grotesque religious fanatics who lead the fight were horrible mistakes, responsible for the majority of turmoil in the world in 2016. The script is naive and somewhat one-sided, but the performances are good, with the exception of Ms. Roberts, whose brief appearance is easy to ignore.

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Nursebob
Jun 30, 2016

Overlooking all the swearing and nudity this fact-based comedy-cum-drama still comes across as a fanciful Disney revisionist piece replete with sparkling personalities and a clearly defined line between the good guys and the bad guys. The American halls of power, here seen as a jocular cocktail party, provide little more than a colourful backdrop to Wilson’s visionary campaign with Hanks downing whiskey shots between bouts of moral indignation and Roberts rattling off political strategies while primping her eyelashes. Hoffman’s character however cuts straight to the heart of the film as a cynical, acid-tongued agent who has seen the results of too many “good intentions” to take much delight in Wilson’s victories. It is Hoffman’s performance, along with the venerable Om Puri as Pakistani president Zia, which give the film a welcome dose of gravitas while history itself provides the scathing irony.

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gwenahn
Jan 27, 2016

It's worth watching.
Entertaining and instructive.
Those 3 main characters performed incredibly in this film.

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MissyJayne
Nov 29, 2015

Interesting. I learned about a period of history that I knew absolutely nothing about. The politics was a bit confusing for me at times but for the most part it was easy to follow. I wish I had known you see Tom Hanks' ass- I wasn't prepared for that lol!

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0cho
Jun 29, 2015

This is a really good movie. Very interesting and a great job by Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Worth the watch if you like history and politics.

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raghoud87
Apr 22, 2012

Sexual Content: and nudity

nadian Aug 12, 2009

Violence: Scenes and descriptions of war violence.

nadian Aug 12, 2009

Sexual Content: Nudity and sexual language.

nadian Aug 12, 2009

Coarse Language: Explicit adult language used liberally throughout.

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joseph
Jul 23, 2008

Violence: Scenes of people being shot down; children amputees shown in refugee camp (though not violence, disturbing and sad to see).

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joseph
Jul 23, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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joseph
Jul 23, 2008

Sexual Content: Early in the picture, nude women in hot tub.

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Apr 22, 2012

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Mar 29, 2009

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nadian Aug 12, 2009

Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?
Well, tradition mostly.

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