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Charlie Wilson's War

R Released Dec 21, 2007 1h 42m Drama Comedy List
82% Tomatometer 207 Reviews 73% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings
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. Read More Read Less
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Charlie Wilson's War manages to entertain and inform audiences, thanks to its witty script and talented cast of power players.

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Deborah Ross The Spectator Wilson? Enormously pleasurable company, since you ask. True, he's a lech, but such a gallant lech, plus he also gets irony. Feb 2, 2018 Full Review Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor Hanks may at first seem like an unlikely choice to play a seasoned Texas playboy bachelor, but he's so ingratiating that he almost pulls it off. Rated: B Oct 18, 2008 Full Review St. Louis Post-Dispatch Hanks' performance as Wilson is tone-perfect, capturing both the public-servant seriousness and playboy rakishness of his character. And he does it without breaking a sweat. Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal A crackling satire about how insanely far political palm-greasing could go just 20 years ago. But its chilling closing quote succinctly sums up just how ideology, infantry and a political disinterest would come back to haunt our nation. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 9, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand It’s a smart and sophisticated piece of political comedy for grown-ups with sharp performances and a delightful anti-hero who embraces his imperfections and scandalous behavior with a wink and smile. Apr 8, 2023 Full Review Stephen Silver The National Interest An all-time great director, Hollywood’s hottest screenwriter, and a pair of the world’s biggest movie stars teamed up to make a movie about diplomacy, politics, statecraft, and covert war, one that's funny throughout (15th anniversary, 19Fortyfive.com Rated: 4/5 Dec 27, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Carlos Javier P Una buena pelicula, con buenas actuaciones y mejor cast. La historia bastante normalita pero interesante. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/13/24 Full Review Troy P Hoffman and Hanks became the characters they portrayed from start to finish. Julia seemed to drag me immediately into remembering I'm just watching a movie. Thankfully the rest of the cast and the story are so good it's a must-watch movie whenever I come across it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/31/23 Full Review Gareth v A solid enough movie but considering the story it's trying to tell lacks some edginess. The writing is OK, Hanks is Hanks, but the shining light in this movie is Hoffman. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/16/23 Full Review John H A good movie with some good acting. Watching the show in 2023 after the disastrous pull out from Afghanistan this movie is an even greater tragedy. It shows how good intentions can have massively disastrous results. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/03/23 Full Review ed w Can't miss cast with must see history. Embellished for humor maybe, but a movie that had to be made & was exceptionally done, Hanks & Hoffman deliver. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/12/23 Full Review Edward D Sorkin, Hanks, and Hoffman are a perfect trio. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis 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.
Director
Mike Nichols
Producer
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
Screenwriter
Aaron Sorkin
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Playtone Productions
Rating
R (Some Drug Use|Nudity/Sexual Content|Strong Language)
Genre
Drama, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 21, 2007, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 26, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$66.6M
Runtime
1h 42m
Sound Mix
Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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