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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  21 December 2007 (USA)
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A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Bozeman ...
CIA Award Presenter
Cyia Batten ...
Limo Driver
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In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas who seemed 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, prodded by his major conservative supporter, Houston Socialite Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight the people are suffering in the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gustav "Gust" Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support to defeat the Soviet Union. However, Charlie Wilson eventually learns that while military victory can be had, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A stiff drink. A little mascara. A lot of nerve. Who said they couldn't bring down the Soviet empire. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego de poder  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,952,430 (USA) (21 December 2007)


$66,636,385 (USA) (29 February 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though recuperating from heart transplant surgery, the real Charlie Wilson made it to the red carpet premiere of the film. See more »


When Charlie is watching TV in the bath tub, a stripper puts cocaine down on the edge of the bathtub, and her hands are empty. In the next shot, she is shooting cocaine up her nose. See more »


[first lines]
CIA Award Presenter: The defeat and break up of the Soviet empire, culminating in the crumbing of the Berlin wall, is one of the great events of world history. There were many heroes in this battle but to Charlie Wilson must go this special recognition. Just thirteen years ago the Soviet army appeared to be invincible. But Charlie, undeterred, engineered a lethal body blow that weakened the communist empire. Without Charlie, history would be hugely and sadly different. And so for the first time a ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening statement: The following is based on a true story. See more »


Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Jack Goes Boating (2010) See more »


American Pie
(1971) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Don McLean
(in trailer)
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I Hated This Film for political, moral and aesthetic reasons
13 January 2008 | by (Burbank, California) – See all my reviews

SPOILER - This film gives away plot points and discusses the ending. I hated this film - mostly for political reasons, but also for moral and aesthetic reasons. Politically, this film glorified war and military technology - blowing things up real good. We are led to cheer as the music swells and the Afghans use our weapons to blow the Ruskies to bits. And no U.S. soldiers put their lives on the line - so it's a fun war. Aesthetically, there isn't a touch of real human emotion in the film, just smug, privileged people being sarcastic, feeling superior, and doing whatever they want regardless of the consequences. And speaking of consequences, the film only makes a few small hints at what the arming of the Afghans actually led to. I had read an earlier draft of this script, and it ended on 9/11 - with Charlie Wilson realizing that things had gone horribly wrong. But that wouldn't leave the audience feeling good. This is a feel good movie about killing Ruskies. And it made me sick.

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