Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War

Mike Nichols (2007)

15 Certificate


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Tom Hanks leads the charge as a larger-than-life US congressman in this quick-fire comedy drama from director Mike Nichols. Adapted from George Crile's book by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, it's the true story of how Texas politician Charlie Wilson raised millions of dollars to fund the Mujahidin's secret war against the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. He's aided and abetted by a sharp-tongued Julia Roberts as war-mongering socialite Joanne Herring, and by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who's simply brilliant as gruff CIA agent Gust Avrakotos. Hanks muddies his normally clean-cut image as Wilson - a booze hound and womaniser - but never enough to compromise his trademark likeability. Any sense that Wilson might simply be gratifying his own ego - all character faults considered - is downplayed, which makes this feel like a glossier version of actual events. Still, it's a clever, compelling and (given the subject matter) surprisingly funny film that also boasts an impressive supporting cast.


A US congressman gets embroiled in a secret mission to provide covert military support to rebels in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Before long, he finds unlikely allies in the shape of a womanising CIA agent, a Texan socialite and the president of Pakistan. Fact-based political drama set during the 1980s, starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Wilson Tom Hanks
Joanne Herring Julia Roberts
Gust Avrakotos Philip Seymour Hoffman
Bonnie Bach Amy Adams
Jane Liddle Emily Blunt
Zvi Ken Stott
President Zia Om Puri
Doc Long Ned Beatty
Charlie's Angel Shiri Appleby
Director Mike Nichols
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: May be edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jan 2008