Charlie Wilson's War
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Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in this compelling and witty film from Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols and Primetime Emmy-winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). Based on the outrageous true story, Charlie Wilson's War shows how one congressman who loved a good time, one Houston socialite who loved a good cause and one renegade CIA agent who loved a good fight conspired to bring about the largest covert operation in history.
Political movies about backroom negotiations need not be dry or heavy-handed, as Charlie Wilson's War delightfully proves. Based on the true story of playboy congressman Wilson's efforts to fund Afghanistan's defense against the Soviet invasion of the 1980s, the film is borne along on breezy attitude and a peppery script by West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin. Wilson, played by Tom Hanks (who also produced), is the perfect hero for this kind of tale, because there's nothing perfect or heroic about him: He's a highball-swilling, fanny-pinching gadabout who becomes radicalized on the issue of helping the Afghans against their mighty aggressor. He has help in the form of a right-wing Texas anti-Communist (Julia Roberts) with a genius for raising money, and a sardonic CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, stealing the show) who lacks all the social skills Wilson has in abundance. Sorkin's syncopated speech is just the ticket for director Mike Nichols, who understands exactly how to keep this kind of political comedy popping (the complicated story comes in at a hair over 90 minutes, amazingly). Some scoundrels are on the right side of the angels, and the movie's Charlie Wilson is one of them. --Robert Horton
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Charlie Wilson's well-known penchant for women, alcohol, and parties had earned him the sobriquet "Good Time Charlie." He remained popular in his district, however, because he consistently kept in touch with his constituents and worked very hard on their behalf.
Despite his frequently unconventional public behavior, Charlie Wilson had a very big secret he kept from all but a few of his closest friends. "Good Time Charlie," the hard-drinking, womanizing, party-going congressman from Texas, was a key player in the covert war that helped defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Charlie Wilson's secret was very well-kept for many years... that is, until the release in 2007 of "Charlie Wilson's War," an altogether excellent movie that recalls his exploits in the covert war against the Soviet Union's forces in Afghanistan.
"Charlie Wilson's War," starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, is fascinating, funny, fast-paced, has high production values, and is very well acted by a strong ensemble cast. "Charlie Wilson's War" was directed by Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America"), and written by Aaron Sorkin ("A Few Good Men," " The West Wing").
"Charlie Wilson's War" is political comedy at its very best. Nichols, ably abetted by Sorkin's first-rate script, could have opted to make a very serious film about a heroic American politician fighting against his political foes in order to achieve a worthy objective. I think a film like that probably would've been pretty good... and pretty dull. But by putting a comic twist on an otherwise serious subject, Nichols and Sorkin created a lively, interesting, cleverly written, cheerfully told, and completely fun-to-watch story about the unorthodox Charlie Wilson and his exploits.
The actors and their performances are all first-rate. With an ensemble cast that includes Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, brilliant performances are expected... and delivered. Every character is perfectly portrayed by this group of consummately professional actors.
As good as this movie is, it does have two significant flaws. The battle scenes between the Soviet army and the Mujahedeen seem cartoonish at times, and detract from the overall quality of this otherwise fine film. The other flaw is more egregious: nowhere in "Charlie Wilson's War" is the role of the President of the United States mentioned. Ultimately, it was the chief executive, and not Charlie Wilson, who had the constitutional authority to approve covert operations in Afghanistan. Charlie Wilson rightfully deserves the credit he gets for what he did, but I think it's wrong to leave the impression that he, a congressman, was alone responsible for the "largest covert operation in history."
Still, "Charlie Wilson's War" ranks as one of my favorite films of recent years. It's fast-paced, funny, and great fun to watch. First class entertainment all the way!
Other things worth watching if you like this:
The West Wing
An American President
A Few Good Men
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
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