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Charlie Wilson's War

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Charlie Wilson's War
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In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Based on a true story.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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The untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the Age... Read More »


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Jan 30, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is an atrocious, revisionistic piece of claptrap and nonsense. According to a French radio interview in the late 1990s with Zbig Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, President Carter signed a presidential directive to destabilize the then-secular government of Afghanistan, as they felt it was too friendly with its northern boarder neighbor, the Soviet Union. The Carter administration, together with the Saudis, would relocate Wahabist fundamentalist extremists, from Saudia Arabia and Yemen, to Afghanistan's northern border with the USSR, which then was occupied by the moderate Islamic Sufi practitioners (who made up much of the later Northern Alliance). (This occurred six months prior to the hostages taken in Iran, and the Iranians were well aware of what was transpiring next door to them.) To quell the religious turmoil the Wahabists were raising, and at the behest of the Afghanistani president, the Soviets invaded. First the Carter administration, then the Reagan administration funneled money and arms to what would become the Mujahadeen who, before they ever engaged the Soviet soldiers, first murdered all the remaining secularists (artists, professionals academics, et cetera). This was recounted in a book titled, "Bleeding Afghanistan" by an Afghanistani lady author. Entertainment, by the lamer Hanks, and real history are two entirely different critters! Of course, the Mujahadeen later morphed into the Taliban, and we don't hear too much about this anymore from Zbig!

Jul 18, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

We all know that Hollywood’s interpretations of historic events rarely correspond with reality. Nonetheless, “Charlie Wilson’s War” is still an entertaining and even informative film.

Dec 17, 2012
  • caffeinehusky2011 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great movie based on a true story of how Afghanistan got their weaponry to use against the Russians and then used it on us later story of the Zen Master...

Jan 23, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

How we built Afghanistan into the nation it is today. Julia Roberts is in this movie just long enough for you to do the dishes and put in a load of laundry.

Jul 07, 2010
  • Spillie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie provides a fascinating look of a particular time in history. The bonus features round out the background nicely. I found the last words spoken (by Dan Rather) very prophetic.

Apr 01, 2010
  • mcchan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie that I would recommend to anyone. I did not know of its historical ties until watching the movie. The cast is of course oustanding, however it's the dialogue, wit, and how the movie is directed that just puts this title to greatness ! I highly recommend it.

Jan 19, 2010
  • mrbanegas rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed watching these actors perform. They had great characters.

Aug 12, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Certainly an interesting film to watch, and a little amusing considering the turn American politics took in the last 10 years. While Philip Seymour Hoffman was brilliant and very convincing, Tom Hanks was ok but rather divided into the three main character traits exhibited; charming womanizer, manipulative politician, and humanitarian. I had a hard time believing his character could be all three.

Mar 16, 2009
  • Judi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This film is well worth taking the time to watch. While some may feel that it oversimplifies American foreign policy, it's a difficult subject to expand upon in a 2 hour movie that was meant to be a character(s) study. It is true to the era it depicts, before sexism became a no-no, and if you can see it in that light, you should enjoy the movie.

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Apr 22, 2012
  • raghoud87 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: and nudity

Aug 12, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Explicit adult language used liberally throughout.

Aug 12, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: Scenes and descriptions of war violence.

Aug 12, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Nudity and sexual language.

Jul 23, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 23, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Scenes of people being shot down; children amputees shown in refugee camp (though not violence, disturbing and sad to see).

Jul 23, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Early in the picture, nude women in hot tub.

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Apr 22, 2012
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Aug 12, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?
Well, tradition mostly.

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