Produced by Tom Hanks, written by Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Mike Nichols, this adaptation of George Crile III's incendiary bestseller tells the remarkable story of the Texas congressman whose efforts to prevent the Red Army from overtaking Afghanistan eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union while simultaneously fueling the rise of radical Islam. In the early 1980s, a hastily assembled army of Afghan "freedom fighters" achieved the remarkable feat of fending off Soviet invaders despite the fact that the odds were overwhelmingly stacked against them. At the time, Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks) was a key member of the hugely powerful House Appropriations Committee. Illuminated to the specifics of this remarkable war by a high-profile Houston socialite, Wilson spearheaded an effort to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and training to the Mujahideen with more than a little help from brilliant but prickly CIA operative Gust Avrokotos.~Jason Buchanan
I saw this movie in the theater in 2007 and considered it among my favorites for that year. I still feel that way. The film did a spectacular job highlighting the endeavors of Charlie Wilson’s during the Soviet–Afghan War. Tom Hanks was amazing. I enjoyed this movie so much I had to own it.
There's a certain champagne mood to "Charlie Wilson's War" that's entertaining, hitting a handful of magnetic highlights, but there are only a few nibbles of dramatic meat on these bones. The movie isn't built for depth, preserving more of an overview of Wilson's rather remarkable run as the ringleader of this armament effort, using his charms and connection to unite opposing Middle Eastern forces and woo fellow congressmen into place. It's a remarkable story with a grim conclusion, yet "Charlie Wilson's War" doesn't test extremes. It's more comfortable in the middle, laboring to squeeze laughs and a few guffaws out of the tale, keeping tight on its subject and his remarkably casual way with global change.
Written by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote "The Social Network" and "A Few Good Men," this is a wonderful film. It is helped greatly by a truly super performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's a comedy, but also shows some of the horrible mistakes the US makes in its foreign policy. Worth watching.
This is an excellent film, although it is not for the faint of heart. There is a fair amount of bad language, brief nudity, but the topic is captivating. Charile Wilson had "guts" Even with all of his character flaws, he seems a likeable guy and he deserves to be honored for the risks he took and the clout he weilded.
Based on the true story of Congressman Charlie Wilson, this features fantastic writing by Aaron Sorkin and one of the best performances ever by Philip Seymour Hoffman. What a treasure he was! The scene between him and Tom Hanks when they first meet is wonderful.