• Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

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Charlie Wilson's War

Release Date: December 21st, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 2008

R |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

In the 1980s U.S.Rep. Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), Texas socialite Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman) form an unlikely alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters in their war against invading Soviets. The trio's successful efforts to finance these covert operations contributes to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Emily Blunt, Om Puri, Ken Stott

Director: Mike Nichols

Genres: Drama, Docudrama

Production Co: Playtone Productions

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Amusing, 1980s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Dana StevensSlate

    A funny, sprightly tribute to the American can-do spirit, with a bleak ending that suggests that our plucky protagonist may have just dug his own (or, in this case, his country's) grave. show more

  • 90
    Rick KisonakFilm Threat

    The two actors (Hanks/Seymour Hoffman) have terrific chemistry and riff off one another like partners in a veteran comedy team. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    In this film, directed by Mike Nichols in one of his most satirical moods and scripted by Hollywood's most politically astute writer Aaron Sorkin, a womanizing, alcoholic, easily tempted bachelor gets elected in a Texas district that doesn't care what he does as long as he brings home the bacon. show more

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