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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, All Movie Guide

Theatrical Feature Running Time: 102 mins

Complete Cast:

  • Tom Hanks - Charlie Wilson
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman - Gust Avrakotos
  • Ned Beatty - Doc Long
  • Om Puri - President Zia
  • John Slattery - Cravely
  • Jud Tylor - Crystal Lee
  • Brian Markinson - Paul Brown
  • Tracy Phillips - Belly Dancer
  • Mary Bonner Baker - Charlie's Angel
  • Shiri Appleby - Charlie's Angel
  • Julia Roberts - Joanne Herring
  • Amy Adams - Bonnie Bach
  • Emily Blunt - Jane Liddle
  • Ken Stott - Zvi
  • Denis O'Hare - Harold Holt
  • Peter Gerety - Larry Liddle
  • Christopher Denham - Mike Vickers
  • Wynn Everett - Charlie's Angel
  • Rachel Nichols - Charlie's Angel

Director(s):
Mike Nichols
Writer(s):
Aaron Sorkin
Producer(s):
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
Theatrical MPAA Rating:  R
(Drug Content, Sexual Situations, Profanity, Violence, Adult Situations, Adult Humor)
Awards:
  • 2007 - Charlie Wilson's War - Washington D.C. Area Film Critics - Best Adapted Screenplay

 

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