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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charlie Wilson
... Bonnie Bach
... Joanne Herring
... Gust Avrakotos
... CIA Award Presenter
... Paul Brown
... Crystal Lee
... Kelly
... Stacey
... Stoned Guy
... Limo Driver
... Donnelly
... Jane Liddle
... Larry Liddle
... Receptionist - Charlie's Angels
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Storyline

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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When the world wasn't watching, they changed it forever. See more »


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

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21 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego de poder  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,952,430, 23 December 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,661,095

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,000,410
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Denis O'Hare plays a character called Harold Holt. Harold Holt was an Australian Prime Minister who went missing off a beach in Australia, and is presumed to have drowned. See more »

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When Gust Avrakotos and Charlie Wilson talk in Charlie's office after Gust removes the bug from the scotch bottle, Gust sits down next to a table that has a picture of a B-1B Lancer bomber with a gray paint scheme. B-1Bs were introduced in 1985. Until the mid-1990s, they were painted in a green, dark green, and grey "European I" or "lizard" paint scheme. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) See more »

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Let's Dance
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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Messing around with destiny
9 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Aaron Sorking raises the same questions as Shakespeare did or does. How could they possibly know so much about the inner workings of palace life. Here like in The West Wing, Sorkin opens surprising doors that are hardly a shock but seem ton confirm our worst fears. Everything is so casual and at the same time so directly responsible for so many people's lives. A puffy Tom Hanks tells us one way or another that things can be manipulated with semi pure intentions but without weighing the consequences and Julia Roberts in a blond southern hairdo reminds us of the powers harbored in the sidelines. The subject is serious but the treatment is light, intelligent but light. Philip Seymour Hoffman, as the invisible middle man, steals every scene he is in, just like Charles Laughton did in every movie he was in.The dialogue is fast but not fast enough for us not to catch up and discover that this is not an ordinary comedy. The seemingly casual pace filled with strokes of wit and provocation grants another badge of honor in the Mike Nichol's collection.


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