In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas who 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, prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people are suffering in 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 to defeat the Soviet Union. However, Charlie Wilson eventually learns that while military victory can had, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone’s sorrow. —IMDb
Mike Nichols (born Nov. 6, 1931, Berlin, Ger.) American motion-picture and stage director whose productions focus on the absurdities and horrors of modern life as revealed in personal relationships.
Nichols immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of seven. He attended the University of Chicago (1950–53), studied acting under Lee Strasberg in New York City, and then returned to Chicago, where, with Elaine May, Shelley Berman, Barbara Harris, and Paul Sills, he formed the comic improvisational group The Compass Players. Nichols and May then traveled nationwide with their social-satire routines, and from 1960 to 1961 they performed on Broadway in An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
Nichols made his Broadway directorial debut with the highly praised Barefoot in the Park (1963) and went on to direct a series of commercially and critically successful Broadway plays, many written by Neil Simon. He won Tony awards for Barefoot in the Park, Luv (1964… read more
Hoffman is fantastic as always, Hanks is charming, Adams is cute, Roberts is woefully miscast, Nichols plays the annoying Hollywood patriotism card, Sorkin is typical Sorkin, the ending glosses over the unfortunate consequences of funding Afghanistan. An ultimately flawed yet funny and enjoyable film.
Tom Hanks' entire career is based on his likeability, and I haven't disliked him as much in a movie since the Bonfire of The Vanities. At least that had some bravura direction from Brian de Palma to give it interest. This was just an ugly story filmed ugly. Hard to believe it's from the same Mike Nichols that made Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge, The Graduate, etc...
The scene stating that he is "helping" the mudjahadeen by arming them, along with the scene of the helicopter pilots cliched conversation before they die, really really gnashed my teeth together. Such kitschy dressings on what was basically one of the worst decade-long conflicts in recent history, with more blame upon the U.S. than is widely known...
In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas who seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy… read review
Title: Charlie Wilson’s War
Language: English, Dari, Russian, Hebrew
Country: USA, Germany
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Director: Mike Nichols
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