Charlie Wilson’s War

BB.5

(out of 5)


A minor Texas congressman () finds himself inspired by a gutsy society dame () to get involved in post-Soviet invaded Afghanistan and help the country defend itself against their common enemy. Teaming up with a CIA operative () with a knack for speaking his mind, Hanks manages to escalate a tiny arms budget into a near-billion dollar conflict that contributes to the end of the Cold War and makes him a legend. This film should not have been anything but great with a strong cast (except Roberts, who feels out of place), a script by Aaron Sorkin and direction by the great Mike Nichols, but it fails to fly. Lots of great dialogue, and a steady pace, but for some reason the overall effect fails to really snap the way Barry Levinson’s Wag The Dog or Nichols’ own Primary Colours did.


Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Participant Media, Playtone, MP Munich Pape Filmproductions, Good Time Charlie Productions

USA, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Washington Film Critics Awards 2007.

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Philip Seymour Hoffman as “Gust Avrakotos”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Tom Hanks)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Julia Roberts)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin)

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