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Published on May 5th, 2008 | by Chris

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Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)


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So, yes, underneath the T&A (yeah there's a lot of that, never hurts, right?) and one-liners there is the message.

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)You know anytime you put Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts together, you're going to get something which is at least a fun, well-acted ride. Charlie Wilson's War is no exception.

It's the "true" story of one Texas Congressman, Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), who throughout the 1980's managed to get oodles of money to fund weapons for the Afghan Mujahadeen to fight the invading Red Menace(tm). While there may not really be that many typical "war movie" elements to speak of here, the premise is just as relevant.

How much of the story is true? I can't say, but none of it would surprise me any. Actually I think this film is more of a tongue-in-cheek celebration of 80's decadence with a healthy dose of "told you so" political commentary thrown in for good measure.

Of course nothing in Washington is driven except through money, and that's where Texas millionaire Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) comes in, she basically gets the ball rolling with her connections to Pakistan's president.

But the real star of the film has to be CIA agent Gust Avacado..er I mean Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman) his cynicism and bitter, deadpan, wise-cracking throughout the film is absolutely hilarious. Mostly because its in the "you know its true" vein of joke.

It's the on-screen chemistry between these three which make the film watchable. Had it been anyone else I doubt it would have been nearly as interesting or funny.

Of course the film has to end with the Soviets leaving Afghanistan, Wilson's efforts to rebuild the country falling to pieces, and Avrakatos' stern (and all too true) warning about what we've created.

So, yes, underneath the T&A (yeah there's a lot of that, never hurts, right?) and one-liners there is the message. That the US *still* doesn't know what the ____ it's doing by getting involved in the affairs of these nations. That we haven't learned our lessons and its still coming back to haunt us. That our arrogance as a world power is actually hurting us. There are moments inbetween the humor where you will sort of hang your head for laughing, because you *will* feel ashamed.

But forget all of that and watch Charlie Wilson's War just because its damn funny, most of the time.

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Political movies about backroom negotiations need not be dry or heavy-handed, as Charlie Wilson's War delightfully proves. Based on the true story of playboy congressman Wilson's efforts to fund Afghanistan's defense against the Soviet invasion of the 1980s, the film is borne along on breezy attitude and a peppery script by West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAIN.
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Tom Hanks
  • Julia Roberts
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Amy Adams
  • Ned Beatty

Features

  • DRAMA
  • Run Time: 102
  • Release Date: 1/3/2010
  • R
  • TOM HANKS JULIA ROBERTS

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOVIET-AFGHAN CONFLICT, A PIVOTAL COLD WAR CHAPTER --- A MOVIE REVIEW... PLUS IMPORTANT NOTES ON HISTORICAL CONTEXT, January 3, 2015
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RARELY CAN A SERIOUS MOVIE BE THIS FUNNY AND STILL SOMEWHAT FACTUAL -- A MOVIE WITH SURPRISINGLY GREAT WIT! ***see notes on historic context below if you're interested***

Let me first caution everyone to apply just a tiny grain of salt when viewing any Hollywood movie based on true events. However, this one does a pretty good job. It depicts the true life involvement of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson in expanding the US budget for support of Afghan rebels during the Soviet involvement. This was a critical and dramatic chapter in the Cold War that affects the later history of the 20th century and beyond. That may not sound interesting to some viewers, but let me tell you, this movie has moxy and mirth at every turn. The characters have such natural wit that it can entertain even non history buffs.

THE PLOT (no spoilers): Texas Congressman and notorious playboy Charlie Wilson (a liberal Democrat but hawkish on foreign policy) becomes interested in the... Read more
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Me Wish I Lived In Texas' Second Congressional District!, December 4, 2015
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This movie is hands-down one of my all time favorites. It features an absolutely star-studded cast of performers, who execute their characters time and time again throughout the film.

Tom Hanks stars as Charlie Wilson, the vivacious United States Congressman from Texas' 2nd Congressional District. He is joined by Julia Robers, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and a pre-mad men John Slattery. The movie focuses on Charlie Wilson's efforts to fight the communists that are destroying Afghanistan by championing consistent rises in the CIA's covert operations budget.

While the movie is based on a true story, and a very serious one at that, the star cast in this film keep the punches rolling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great actors, great movie, July 12, 2016
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It's hard to go wrong with actors like Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts on their own - but when they come together, it's magic. I love my Netflix and Hulu and on-demand everything but I also love having a DVD collection with movies like this to choose from. I won't bore you with a plot summary, you can find that anywhere - but it's a great movie and one worth owning.

Like most people, I rely on honest product reviews to make purchase decisions. Because the experience of others has been so helpful to me, I try to provide honest, helpful reviews to assist other shoppers in selecting the right products for them. I hope my review has been helpful to you!
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Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) Chris

Summary: So, yes, underneath the T&A (yeah there's a lot of that, never hurts, right?) and one-liners there is the message.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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