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Charlie Wilson's War
- Tom Hanks

Overview - The first time the audience sees Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) in the early 1980s, he seems far from a model politician. Surrounded by strippers, a Playboy Playmate, and cocaine, the naked congressman lies in a hot tub at a party. Despite the distractions, the TV news catches Charlie's attention as Dan Rather reports from a war-torn Afghanistan.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The first time the audience sees Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) in the early 1980s, he seems far from a model politician. Surrounded by strippers, a Playboy Playmate, and cocaine, the naked congressman lies in a hot tub at a party. Despite the distractions, the TV news catches Charlie's attention as Dan Rather reports from a war-torn Afghanistan. As Soviets invade the country, the Afghans lack the money and technology to defend themselves. Enter Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), a wealthy Texan who champions the cause of Afghanistan and, by extension in the Cold War, America. Together with CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Charlie begins a secret war where he must unite Israel, Pakistan, Egypt, and America to defeat the Soviets. Just as director Mike Nichols brought a sense of fun to what should have been dour proceedings in films such as THE GRADUATE and CLOSER, this comedy about the largest covert war to date never feels like a history lesson. Writer Aaron Sorkin's dialogue is as sharp as fans have come to expect, and it's delivered with impressive verve from the film's trio of Oscar winners. Hoffman is famous for transforming into various characters, and he's remarkable, but it's Hanks's turn that's the most surprising. Outwardly, Charlie could resemble many of Hanks's previous roles, but the actor adds layers to the character and changes without the aid of makeup or prosthetics. Based on a true story as written by George Crile, the script for CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR displays all the trademark wit of Sorkin's writing. As in Sorkin's other work, notably THE WEST WING and THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, the characters in CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR display a fierce love of their country. The screenwriter's own politics often rise to the surface, but this smart comedy never feels preachy.

Cast List

Tom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Thom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Stephen Goldblatt
Mike Nichols - Director of THE GRADUATE (1967)
Michael Igor Peschkowsky - Director of THE GRADUATE (1967)
Emily Blunt - British actress, MY SUMMER OF LOVE (2005)
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Oscar-winning actor, CAPOTE, DOUBT
Philip S. Hoffman - Oscar-winning actor, CAPOTE, DOUBT
Julia Roberts - Oscar-winning American actress, ERIN BROCKOVICH
Shiri Appleby
Ned Beatty - American character actor
Amy Adams - Actress, JUNEBUG
Celia D. Costas - Producer
Celia Costas - Producer
Gary Goetzman
George Crile - Source writer, CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
Ken Stott
Aaron Sorkin - Screenwriter, A FEW GOOD MEN
Jeff Skoll - Executive Producer, HOUSE OF D (2005)
James Newton Howard - Composer, KING KONG (2005)
Om Puri - Indian Actor
Rachel Nichols - Star, ALIAS (2001)
Denis O'Hare - Actor, ANNIVERSARY PARTY (2001)
Ryan Kavanaugh - TALLADEGA NIGHTS (2006)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 102
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192010613
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Politics
True Story
War
Theatrical Release
CIA
Cold War

 
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Theatrical Release: December 21, 2007

Reviews:
"It's quite a yarn, and the filmmakers relate it with clarity and verve....[There is] a bracing, cheering present-day moral to be found in Charlie Wilson's story, a reminder that high principles are not incompatible with the pleasure principle." - 12/21/2007 New York Times


"[I]t's all about a likable scoundrel who discovers what it means to act out of conviction....A journalistic satire of realpolitik..." -- Grade: B+ - 12/21/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.56


3 stars out of 5 -- " [Hoffman is] sly, bumptious and brilliant...He brings Gust such gusto that the energy level spikes whenever he's on screen." - 01/01/2008 Total Film, p.48


3 stars out of 4 -- "Hoffman is the film's sparkling live wire." - 12/27/2007 Rolling Stone, p.123


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he tone is sophisticated and the handling is remarkably light and adept." - 02/01/2008 Uncut, p.109


4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's during the sparkling exchanges between the leads that the movie takes off. Hanks infuses Wilson with a bounce of charm we haven't seen from him in years.' - 02/01/2008 Empire, p.42


"The material certainly works as satire. The dialogue -- trademark Sorkin -- is all quickfire and smart, with witty wordplay that harks back to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s." - 03/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.61

 
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