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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About 13 minutes in; when Charlie steps out of his office for a drink and is talking in the hall, the cup changes position in his hand between cameras. See more »
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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Opening statement: The following is based on a true story. See more »
A fun picture with a lot to like about it, but paper-thin. The problem is there's no real obstacles. Charlie wants money, he gets money. He want out of hot water with his philandering, he gets out. Whatever Charlie wants, Charlie gets. Doesn't make for great drama or depth of character. It feels like an extended episode of a TV show. It feels like Sorkin has been doing TV too long.
The best part of this film is Hoffman, steals every scene he's in as usual and that's no small feat up against Hanks. Best as a rental.
It's not a bad film by any means, just not much too it. Cotton candy gone as soon as you leave the theater. Trying to make my tenth line, sprinting for the finish here. Puffing and out of breath.
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