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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Charlie Wilson's War
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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


Written by
Aaron Sorkin Aaron Sorkin
(screenplay)
George Crile George Crile
(book)


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War and Peace...

7 years, 2 months ago at Dec 3 14:53
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''A boy is given a horse on his 14th birthday. Everyone in the village says, 'Oh how wonderful.' But a Zen master who lives in the village says, 'We shall see.' The boy falls off the horse and breaks his foot. Everyone in the village says, 'Oh how awful.' The Zen master says, 'We shall see.' The village is thrown into war and all the young men have to go to war. But, because of the broken foot, th... read more

Pleasant Footnote on History

7 years, 6 months ago at Jul 28 12:25
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This very watchable film is the true(ish) story of one unusual congressman in the early 1980's, who has the luxury of not having to play the politics so many representatives must. He has never had to ask favors of others, and has secured so many favors, that when he finds something he is passionate about he's able to call in all those chips. And his passion has accidentally become the situation ... read more

A fun watch

8 years ago at Jan 20 15:21
1 vote
I was highly entertained by the tongue-in-cheek satirical feel of this films plot, and it's references to 1980's culture. Hanks and Roberts didn't bring anything special to the production, but a supporting role.
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Description: 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, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people are suffering in the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, 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 learn ... (more)
Release date: 21 December 2007
Tags: Drama (16), Politics (13), War (10), 2007 (9), Biography (9), 2000s (7), Afghanistan (6), Weapons (5), Cold War (5), Cia (5), Usa (4), Political (3), Comedy (3), Drugs (3), Scandal (3), (3), Based On True Story (2), Political Drama (2), Sex (2), Deception (2)
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Sometimes upsetting and sometimes funny

“'Charlie Wilson's War' is sometimes upsetting and sometimes funny! Welcome to Tom Hanks Weekend and I'm starting by reviewing 'Charlie Wilson's War' where Tom Hanks gives one of his best performances as the title character.

The movie recounts the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks) who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to launch Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Sadly, Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the beginning of 2014 but at least he was good in this! And the supporting cast (Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Terry Bozeman) also give very good performances

Was Tom Hanks as good here as in 'Cast Away'? Definitely not! He was very good” read more

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