Charlie Wilson's WarDirector: Mike Nichols
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Produced by Tom Hanks, written by Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Mike Nichols, this adaptation of George Crile III's incendiary bestseller tells the remarkable story of the Texas congressman whose efforts to prevent the Red Army from overtaking Afghanistan eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union while simultaneously fueling the rise of radical Islam. In the early 1980s, a hastily assembled army of Afghan "freedom fighters" achieved the remarkable feat of fending off Soviet invaders despite the fact that the odds were overwhelmingly stacked against them. At the time, Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks) was a key member of the hugely powerful House Appropriations Committee. Illuminated to the specifics of this remarkable war by a high-profile Houston socialite, Wilson spearheaded an effort to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and training to the Mujahideen with more than a little help from brilliant but prickly CIA operative Gust Avrokotos.
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Cast & Crew
|Tom Hanks||Charlie Wilson|
|Julia Roberts||Joanne Herring|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||Gust Avrakotos|
|Amy Adams||Bonnie Bach|
|Ned Beatty||Doc Long|
|Emily Blunt||Jane Liddle|
|Om Puri||President Zia|
|Denis O'Hare||Harold Holt|
|Jud Tylor||Crystal Lee|
|Peter Gerety||Larry Liddle|
|Brian Markinson||Paul Brown|
|Christopher Denham||Mike Vickers|
|Tracy Phillips||Belly Dancer|
|Wynn Everett||Charlie's Angel|
|Mary Bonner Baker||Charlie's Angel|
|Rachel Nichols||Charlie's Angel|
|Shiri Appleby||Charlie's Angel|
|Mary Bailey||Associate Producer|
|Maria Teresa Barbasso||Art Director|
|Celia Costas||Executive Producer|
|Michael Haley||Asst. Director,Co-producer|
|Petur Hliddal||Sound/Sound Designer|
|James Newton Howard||Score Composer|
|Edward Hunt||Associate Producer|
|Ryan Kavanaugh||Executive Producer|
|Victor Kempster||Production Designer|
|Paul A. Levin||Associate Producer|
|Josh Lusby||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jeff Skoll||Executive Producer|
|Antonia Van Drimmelen||Cinematographer,Editor|
|Albert Wolsky||Costumes/Costume Designer|
1. Highest Honor [3:07]
2. Current Events [4:58]
3. Bigger Budget [9:07]
4. Killing Russians [4:16]
5. Ultra Right-Wing [4:17]
6. Fake War [2:58]
7. Meeting Leaders [6:13]
8. Firsthand Account [4:04]
9. Debriefed [4:44]
10. Jefferson vs. Bond [9:02]
11. Choice of Weapons [4:21]
12. On the Front [2:47]
13. Politics and Belly Dancing [:51]
14. Modulating Religion [3:22]
15. Getting the Money [3:02]
16. On the Good Side [7:09]
17. Fighting for Freedom [3:11]
18. Making Progress [4:57]
19. Fall of an Empire [4:36]
20. End Titles [6:39]
The Making of Charlie Wilson's War
Who Is Charlie Wilson?
Spoken Language: English 5.1
Spoken Language: Español 5.1
Spoken Language: Français 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
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Much later we figured out that it was a Soviet psyop mission. The Russians were brainwashing and creating Manchurian Candidates they were not defeated they left because they finished their mission.
I saw this movie in theatres on a bit of a whim, and I really enjoyed it. The on-screen chemistry between Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman is such fun to watch. The story it tells is also a great one, well-deserved of such an awesome film.
I am surprised this movie wasn't more popular. Very relevant to events occurring now, it proves that not only does history repeat itself but it particularly does when one does not finish what one starts. The script is wonderful and so is the acting.
This movie details the real life initiative of a US congressman that allowed the US to provide assistance to the Afghanistan guerillas in ther fight against the Russian invasion. It if script has many humorous interactions and the manipulation of other congressmant to get millions of dollars in assistance is at the same time educational and scary. Tom Hanks provides a believable performance and his final efforts to get help to rebuild schools for the Afghan children gives us an understanding of why we are still fighting there today.
Stellar subject material written brilliantly by Sorkin and translated into interesting and highly entertaining history lesson by Hanks, Roberts and Hoffman, who, as CIA operative Gust Avrokotos, steals the show. Great casting in all parts!
NOT APPROPRIATE for young viewers in my estimation. Too much foul language, however Tom Hanks was superb as usual. His acting just gets better and better. The story he portrayed comes to life right in front of your eyes. It really "tells" what our Congress is all about! He did a remarkable thing (Charlie Wilson) in funding the Afghanistan War to remove Russia from that country. However the language is pretty strong in some cases, for younger viewers. As far as the facts go, they are as accurate as a person can get. Julia Roberts is also outstanding. She can portray just about any character she so chooses and this is no exception. She is paired perfectly with Tom Hanks. They are both STRONG character actors at their finest. Other than the language, this was an outstanding movie and you can forgive the language when you realize this is the way it ususally happens. Their ( Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts) co-star is equally good with his character portrayal. If you like politics, and story lines based on "facts" this is definitely a movie to watch.
This movie is for the times. The best movie of how we screwed up our own foreign policy is clear as Afghan mujahadeen leaders who were our allies turns into enemies. Charlie Wilson, although a debutante, he could make deals with anyone and he was the one that dealt the final blow to the Soviets. He also truly cared for the Afghan people.
I'm always curious about movies inspired on true stories. But I have to confess that this one was a surprise because I haven't heard about this "Charlie" and his challenged work, in a political environment. Today we might be able to explain a lot of wars, terrorism and consequences of the American involvement in Afghanistan history, that we see today. I found this story very interesting. Strongly recommend it.