Charlie Wilson's War

"Charlie Wilson's War" is 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. Oscar® winners Tom Hanks, Julia
Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman team with Academy Award®-winning
director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to bring George
Crile's best-selling book to the screen.



Charlie Wilson (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 (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 endeavor is CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos
(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."


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