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Charlie Wilson's War

Drama

Rated R

Box Office: $66.6M

Format

Boxart Format Release Date
Mca br61107961 Blu-ray
UPC: 025192010613
01/06/2015
Mca d61100566d DVD Widescreen
UPC: 025195004848
04/22/2008

Release Dates

When Announced When Released
In Theaters December 21 2007
On 4K-UHD Not AvailableAlert MeRemind Me
On Blu-ray January 06 2015Now Available
On DVD April 22 2008Now Available

Product Details

PRINCIPAL CAST

Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Om Puri, Jud Taylor, Shiri Appleby, Spencer Garrett, Kevin Cooney, John Slattery, Hilary Salvatore, Brian Markinson, Mayte Garcie, Ron Fassler, Francois Duhamel, Cyia Batten, Mary Bonner Baker, Erick Avari

DIRECTOR

Mike Nichols

WRITER

Aaron Sorkin

SYNOPSIS

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.

Charlie Wilson (Tom 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 (Julia 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 endeavour is CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour 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."

BOX OFFICE

$66.6 Million

GENRE

Drama

RATING

Rated R
strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use

RUN TIME

97 Minutes

STUDIO

Universal

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