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Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War
Movie: Charlie Wilson's War(2008)[tt0472062] 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 byKenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)
Title Charlie Wilson's War
Release Date 11 January 2008 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Production Companies Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Participant
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks...
Charlie Wilson...
Amy Adams
Amy Adams...
Bonnie Bach...
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts...
Joanne Herring...
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman...
Gust Avrakotos...
Terry Bozeman
Terry Bozeman...
CIA Award Presenter...
Brian Markinson
Brian Markinson...
Paul Brown...
Jud Tylor
Jud Tylor...
Crystal Lee...
Hilary Angelo
Hilary Angelo...
Kelly...
Cyia Batten
Cyia Batten...
Stacey...
Kirby Mitchell
Kirby Mitchell...
Stoned Guy...
Ed Regine
Ed Regine...
Limo Driver...
Daniel Eric Gold
Daniel Eric Gold...
Donnelly...
Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt...
Jane Liddle...
Peter Gerety
Peter Gerety...
Larry Liddle...
Wynn Everett
Wynn Everett...
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Reviews

littlemartinarocena on 8 February 2008
Nice to see a comedy for grown ups. Masterfully structured by Aaron Sorkin via Mike Nichols's own mastery. Mr Nichol's mastery is to present characters in all their shocking truth, from the sad and riveting Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" to the sad and riveting Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Jude Law and Natalie Portman in "Closer". In "Charlie Wilson's War" the shocking truth is outside the characters and the sad and riveting Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams are at the service of something else, it's personal only to a point. Hanks has to bury his brilliance in single malts and Julia Roberts throws parties and introduces characters with blatant straightforwardness. Amy Adams witnesses and exist as a character, witnessing. An insurmountable task that Miss Adams manages to surmount, beautifully. It is Philip Seymour Hoffman's Gus with a t, however, that monopolized my attention. His character may not be a first but it is a first the way that Hoffman presented him to us. Someone who survives the disregard with which he's treated by the absolute conviction that he's smarter than all of them put together. Hoffman is superb. The pacing of the tale helps enormously not to fall in a myriad of useless questions. A sharp, short, smart, sad comedy and when was the last time I was able to say that?

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