Charlie Wilson's War ()

directed by Mike Nichols
featuring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty

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Produced by Tom Hanks, written by Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Mike Nichols, this adaptation of George Crile III's incendiary bestseller tells the remarkable story of the Texas congressman whose efforts to prevent the Red Army from overtaking Afghanistan eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union while simultaneously fueling the rise of radical Islam. In the early 1980s, a hastily assembled army of Afghan "freedom fighters" achieved the remarkable feat of fending off Soviet invaders despite the fact that the odds ...

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May 24, 2010

Charlie For President

TITLE: Charlie Wilson's War
GENRE: Historical Biography, Soviet/Afghan Conflict
CAST: Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and Ned Beatty
STORY: Apalled by the goings on in Afghanistan, 'Good Time Charlie' Wilson uses his pile of political IOUs and some astute CIA Operative (Gust Avrokotos)'s schemes to steadily increase funding and weaponry getting into the Mujahadeen's hands to fight the occupying Soviet Army. The Soviet Union is finally driven out but Charlie has emptied his bag of favors and can no longer be patrone to the Afghans. We all know where that situation led us.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9.2 of 10: We are too close to the events described and the future is yet to learn (Huh?) But, the way all the pieces are gathered together to tell this short bit of history in a land far away from the main characters, is incredible. Hoffman got a support actor Oscar, and every one else won golden globes, the cast performed so well. The sets and costumes are amazing and filming of the Afghan/Pakistan border is well repesented by shots of locations in Morocco.
DVD BONUS: "The Making of..."; A brief biography of Charlie Wilson.
ADDED NOTES: I just reviewed Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" and unknown to me I watch another of his masterpieces.


Apr 24, 2009

Good Guy

Shows that sometimes the good guys can win. Backroom dealings to ge something accomplished that needs to be done. Cleverly presented, Well acted. Worth the personal time to watch and reflect on the governments problems.

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