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Charlie Wilson's War [WS] [DVD] [2007]

  • SKU: 8740936
  • Release Date: 04/22/2008
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (80 out of 85)

    Special Features


    • The Making of Charlie Wilson's War
    • Who Is Charlie Wilson?

    Synopsis


    Charlie Wilson's War
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Charlie Wilson
    • Julia Roberts
      Julia Roberts - Joanne Herring
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman
      Philip Seymour Hoffman - Gust Avrakotos
    • Amy Adams
      Amy Adams - Bonnie Bach
    • Ned Beatty
      Ned Beatty - Doc Long



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 85 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      charlie wilsons war

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      JOHNNYANGEL2010
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An Exciting & Well-Told History Lesson

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      CWLW
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      The story is well-told, exciting and well-acted – it recounts the 1979-1989 events in Afghanistan that eventually obstructed the Soviet incursion into that country. As an “after-thought:” To a degree it’s a story of “excess” that won the war but the “end-game” was not well- played which resulted in an another adventure into that region 2004-2014 which is still being played out as of the date of this writing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Hoffman Wages War

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      SaulYall
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      This movie is polished, sanitized entertainment. Hanks is miscast in the lead, unable to summon the darker shades of the character. Roberts too poised and artificial. Only Philip Seymour Hoffman gives the film any juice. Directed by Mike Nichols and written by Aaron Sorkin, you expect a lot more than this lackluster story of a flawed politician that ultimately makes a difference.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A must see!!!

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      mattdogg
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Terrific film

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      Filmfan
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great, under-rated film

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      Chanfan
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!

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      bubbarector

      This movie is really well done. Most political movies tend to lean one way or the other. That can be due to the actors or the director. However, this movie captures and focuses on the facts. Tom Hanks and Philip Hoffman work well together. Highly recommend this movie to anyone, above the age of 17 of course. It is rated "R".

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sorkin + Nichols = Awesome

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      Arnold
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      Sorkin's script and Nichols director takes this true story and does great things with it. Like always with Sorkin, the dialogue is spot snappy, fun, and unpredictable. Phillip Seymour Hoffman steals the movie as a CIA agent who's career has stalled out and has very little left to lose.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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