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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.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), George Crile (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Charlie Wilson
Amy Adams ... Bonnie Bach
Julia Roberts ... Joanne Herring
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Gust Avrakotos
Terry Bozeman ... CIA Award Presenter
Brian Markinson ... Paul Brown
Jud Tylor ... Crystal Lee
Hilary Angelo ... Kelly
Cyia Batten ... Stacey
Kirby Mitchell ... Stoned Guy
Ed Regine ... Limo Driver
Daniel Eric Gold ... Donnelly
Emily Blunt ... Jane Liddle
Peter Gerety ... Larry Liddle
Wynn Everett ... 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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Based On The Outrageous True Story. 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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USA | Germany

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English | Dari | Russian | Urdu | Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juego de poder See more »

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Box Office

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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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Afghani freedom fighters fire a Milan surface to air missile (SAM) at the Russian helicopters when the aircraft are halfway across the valley yet the wreckage of the helicopter(s) falls into the street(s) of the village. 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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #25.14 (2008) See more »

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Written by Rod Temperton, Louis Johnson (as Louis E. Johnson), George Johnson (as George Henry Johnson) and Valerie Johnson
Performed by Brothers Johnson (as The Brothers Johnson)
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Funny, sad, and ultimately frightening - a film that makes you both laugh and weep at the state of the world.
15 December 2007 | by flechetteSee all my reviews

Mike Nichols in finest form. I was not a fan of "Closer", so it's refreshing to see him again right back on top with this comedy set in the darkest of circumstances. Just one slip in tone could have wrecked this compelling picture but Nichols and his very strong A-list cast never put a foot wrong in this biopic of a deeply flawed but utterly compelling Congressman.

Philip Seymour Hoffman as usual is scintillating and brilliant - here playing a damaged but ultra-smart CIA manipulator, and it is in the exchanges between Hanks and Hoffman's characters where the comedy soars. Rarely is movie humour laugh-out loud and also smart... This hits the spot time after time with a biting satirical edge that makes you both laugh and weep at the state of the world (often simultaneously).

One other major plus is the length of the picture. The film is based on George Crile's fat book of the same title. The temptation for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (his claim to fame is "The West Wing") must have been to make a fat movie, but what we get is a breath-taking 90 odd minutes of great story with sweeping implications.

This film deserves to be seen and to be recognized for finding an extraordinary balance between the darkest of dark subject matter and the lightness of touch of it's sparkling witty script - even if it does flunk the obvious link between the help that Herring and Wilson provide and the ultimate consequences (9/11).


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