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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

aka Charlie Wilson's War

"Based on a true story. You think we could make all this up?"

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Details: 102 mins · English, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Eastern · R (USA)

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what a beautiful, beautiful inspiring story and person! very likable characters played by very, very likable actors led by the ever amazing Tom Hanks and a great supporting cast and I personally appreciate nothing more than a very dramatic/serious story comically developed, but unfortunately I wasn't able to fully enjoy it as I'm not so good with politics(and by not so good I mean awfully clueless)

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Cast:

Small Charlie Wilson
Small Joanne Herring
Small Gust Avrakotos
Small Bonnie Bach
Small President Zia
Small Charlies Engel
Small Cravely
Small Charlies Engel
Small Avi Perlman
No_movie_poster Stacey
Small Doc Long
Small Paul Brown
Small Jane Liddle
Small Jailbait - Charlie's Angels
Small Larry Liddle
Small Zvi
Small Suzanne - Charlie's Angels
No_movie_poster Congressional Committee
Small Harold Holt
No_movie_poster Refugee Camp Translator
Small Afghan Refugee Woman

Crew:

Small Tom Hanks Producer
No_movie_poster James Newton Howard Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Celia D. Costas Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Mike Nichols Director
No_movie_poster Stephen Goldblatt Director of Photography
Small John Bloom Editor
No_movie_poster Antonia Van Drimmelen Editor
No_movie_poster Albert Wolsky Costume Design
Small Aaron Sorkin Screenplay
Small Gary Goetzman Producer
No_movie_poster Antonia Van Drimmelen Editing
Small John Bloom Editing

Taglines:

"Based on a true story. You think we could make all this up?"

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

"When the world wasn't watching, they changed it forever."

"Based On The Outrageous True Story."

Plot:

In 1980, U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is more interested in partying than legislating, frequently throwing huge galas and staffing his congressional office with young, attractive women. His social life eventually brings about a federal investigation into allegations of his cocaine use, conducted by then–U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani as part of a larger investigation into congressional misconduct. The investigation results in no charge against Charlie.


A friend and romantic interest, Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), encourages Charlie to do more to help the Afghan people, and persuades Charlie to visit the Pakistani leadership. The Pakistanis complain about the inadequate support of the U.S. to oppose the Soviet Union, and they insist that Charlie visit a major Pakistan-based Afghan refugee camp. Charlie is deeply moved by their misery and determination to fight, but is frustrated by the regional CIA personnel's insistence on a low-key approach against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Charlie returns home to lead an effort to substantially increase funding to the mujahideen.


As part of this effort, Charlie befriends the maverick CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his understaffed Afghanistan group to find a better strategy, especially including a means to counter the Soviets' formidable Mi-24 helicopter gunship. This group was composed in part of members of the CIA's Special Activities Division, including a young paramilitary officer named Michael Vickers (Christopher Denham). As a result, Charlie's deft political bargaining for the necessary funding and Avrakotos' group's careful planning using those resources, such as supplying the guerrillas with FIM-92 Stinger missile launchers, turns the Soviet occupation into a deadly quagmire with their heavy fighting vehicles being destroyed at a crippling rate. The CIA's anti-communism budget evolves from $5 million to over $500 million (with the same amount matched by Saudi Arabia), startling several congressmen. This effort by Charlie ultimately evolves into a major portion of the U.S. foreign policy known as the Reagan Doctrine, under which the U.S. expanded assistance beyond just the mujahideen and began also supporting other anti-communist resistance movements around the world. Charlie states that senior Pentagon official Michael Pillsbury persuaded President Ronald Reagan to provide the Stingers to the Afghans: "Ironically, neither Gust nor Charlie was directly involved in the decision and claims any credit."


Charlie follows Gust's guidance to seek support for post-Soviet occupation Afghanistan, but finds almost no enthusiasm in the U.S. government for even the modest measures he proposes. The film ends with Charlie receiving a major commendation for the support of the U.S. clandestine services, but his pride is tempered by his fears of what unintended consequences his secret efforts could yield in the future and the implications of U.S. disengagement from Afghanistan.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2007-12-10 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2007-12-21 : Canada

Theatrical : 2007-12-21 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2008-01-03 : Kuwait

Theatrical : 2008-01-03 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2008-01-09 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2008-01-10 : Greece

Theatrical : 2008-01-10 : Lebanon

Theatrical : 2008-01-11 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2008-01-11 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2008-01-16 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2008-01-16 : France

Theatrical : 2008-01-16 : Switzerland

Theatrical : 2008-01-24 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2008-01-24 : Australia

Theatrical : 2008-01-25 : Iceland

Theatrical : 2008-01-31 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2008-01-31 : South Korea

Theatrical : 2008-02-01 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2008-02-01 : Norway

Theatrical : 2008-02-01 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2008-02-01 : Venezuela

Theatrical : 2008-02-07 : Germany

Theatrical : 2008-02-07 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2008-02-07 : Israel

Theatrical : 2008-02-07 : Switzerland

Theatrical : 2008-02-08 : Austria

Theatrical : 2008-02-08 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 2008-02-08 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2008-02-08 : Finland

Theatrical : 2008-02-08 : Italy

Theatrical : 2008-02-08 : Romania

Theatrical : 2008-02-08 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2008-02-14 : Croatia

Theatrical : 2008-02-14 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 2008-02-14 : Slovakia

Theatrical : 2008-02-14 : Thailand

Theatrical : 2008-02-15 : Latvia

Theatrical : 2008-02-22 : Poland

Theatrical : 2008-02-22 : Spain

Theatrical : 2008-02-27 : Egypt

Theatrical : 2008-02-28 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2008-02-29 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2008-02-29 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2008-02-29 : Panama

Theatrical : 2008-03-20 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2008-03-28 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2008-05-17 : Japan

DVD : 2008-04-22