Charlie Wilson's War

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Released 2007

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Director:
Mike Nichols
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
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.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    More of a hoot than any picture dealing with the bloody, protracted fight between the Soviet Army and the Afghan mujahedeen has any right to be.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Charlie Wilson's War is that rare Hollywood commodity these days: a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Overall, Charlie Wilson's War is glib rather than witty, one of those films that comes off as being more pleased with itself than it has a right to be. It also suffers from being n...

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    history defining moment, government conspiracies, steamy situations, 9/11 undertones, public figures