Charlie Wilson's War

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A stiff drink. A little mascara. A lot of nerve. Who said they couldn't bring down the Soviet empire. Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use.
Released on:
December 21, 2007  

Previously Announced Release Dates:
December 25, 2007

Production Companies:
Playtone, Participant Productions, Relativity Media
Universal Pictures

Status: Released

Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty

Director: Mike Nichols

Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Comedy
About the film:
Charlie Wilson's War is the true story of how a playboy congressman, a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history. Their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, with consequences that reverberate throughout the world today. Oscar® winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman team with Academy Award®-winning director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to bring George Crile's best-selling book to the screen.

Charlie Wilson (Hanks) was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers and cocaine. His “Good Time Charlie” exterior, however, masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog, and in the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan—which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians.

Charlie's longtime friend and patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring (Roberts), one of the wealthiest women in Texas and a virulent anti-communist. Believing the American response to the Russian invasion was anemic at best, she prods Charlie into doing more for the Mujahideen (Afghan freedom fighters).

Charlie's partner in this uphill endeavor is CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman), a blue-collar operative in a company of Ivy League blue bloods. Together, the three of them—Charlie, Joanne and Gust—travel the world to form unlikely alliances among the Pakistanis, Israelis, Egyptians, arms dealers, law makers and a belly dancer.

Their success was remarkable. Funding for covert operations against the Soviets went from $5 million to $1 billion annually. The Red Army retreated out of Afghanistan. When asked how a group of peasants was able to deliver such a decisive blow to the army of a superpower, Pakistani President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq responded simply, "Charlie did it."
Rated R for strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $9.66 mil. (2575 theaters) | Domestic Total: $66.66 mil.
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