Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War

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Charlie Wilson's War

A comedy/drama based on the true story of Texan congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, directed by veteran Mike Nichols (The Graduate). "Good-Time Charlie" Wilson (Tom Hanks), a flawed and fun-loving Congressman from East Texas, deftly operates the levers of power to channel money and weapons to the Mujahedin of Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion of their country in late 1979. Charlie finds assistance in the oddest of places - a renegade CIA agent; a Houston socialite; a Pakistani dictator; the Israelis who modify and manufacture Soviet weapons; and a multitude of women.

2008Rating: M, Contains Violence and Offensive Language101 minsUSA
ActionDramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Mike Nichols ('Closer', 'The Graduate', 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?')
Writer:
Aaron Sorkin
Cast:
Tom HanksJulia RobertsPhilip Seymour HoffmanAmy AdamsEmily BluntNed Beatty
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

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Not your average Beltway drama. Robert McNamara summed it up best: "Cold war? Hell, it was a hot war!" If you want a visceral illustration of the disparities explored in Charlie Wilson's War, you could do a lot worse than that gulf between cold – functional handshakes, photo-op smiles – and hot.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

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Charlie Wilson's War is that rare Hollywood commodity these days: a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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To paraphrase Ronald Reagan's immortal words: there they go again. Another deeply muddled, fence-sitting, obtuse Hollywood picture about American politics, excruciatingly unsure whether to crack wise satirically, or go into a glassy-eyed patriotic celebration. It's a comedy, but with a persistent ring of phoniness and unfunniness.

2.0
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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

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If it sounds far-fetched, director Mike Nichols' claim that Wilson and co's efforts led to the downfall of the Soviet Union is even more implausible. However, it does make for a classic "against the odds" story that elevates the spirit. Hanks, Roberts and Hoffman are clearly having fun. Hoffman, in particular, turns in another scene-stealing performance as the CIA agent...

3.0
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Somehow a chunk of history has been boiled down to a ninety-seven-minute movie that skims when you want it to skewer.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Charlie Wilson's War is an anachronism, the wrong movie at the wrong time. Not only does it tell its tale in a style that feels dated and artificial, the story itself focuses on events that history has overtaken.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Extremely enjoyable. Although it’s a little tonally unsure, whenever Hanks and Hoffman are on screen, any misgivings are forgiven.

4.0
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BBC

BBC

press

Charlie Wilson's War boasts an impressive arsenal of wit, sophistication and scathing political commentary.

4.0
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Not your average Beltway drama. Robert McNamara summed it up best: "Cold war? Hell, it was a hot war!" If you want a visceral illustration of the disparities explored in Charlie Wilson's War, you could do a lot worse than that gulf between cold – functional handshakes, photo-op smiles – and hot.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Charlie Wilson's War is that rare Hollywood commodity these days: a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan's immortal words: there they go again. Another deeply muddled, fence-sitting, obtuse Hollywood picture about American politics, excruciatingly unsure whether to crack wise satirically, or go into a glassy-eyed patriotic celebration. It's a comedy, but with a persistent ring of phoniness and unfunniness.

2.0
0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

If it sounds far-fetched, director Mike Nichols' claim that Wilson and co's efforts led to the downfall of the Soviet Union is even more implausible. However, it does make for a classic "against the odds" story that elevates the spirit. Hanks, Roberts and Hoffman are clearly having fun. Hoffman, in particular, turns in another scene-stealing performance as the CIA agent...

3.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Somehow a chunk of history has been boiled down to a ninety-seven-minute movie that skims when you want it to skewer.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Charlie Wilson's War is an anachronism, the wrong movie at the wrong time. Not only does it tell its tale in a style that feels dated and artificial, the story itself focuses on events that history has overtaken.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Extremely enjoyable. Although it’s a little tonally unsure, whenever Hanks and Hoffman are on screen, any misgivings are forgiven.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Charlie Wilson's War boasts an impressive arsenal of wit, sophistication and scathing political commentary.

4.0
0

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