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Format: DVD
Sku: 207544964
UPC: 025195004848
UPC 14: 00025195004848
Category Keywords: CIA  Cold War  Politics  Theatrical Release  True Story  War
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Based on the Outrageous True Story.
A drama based on a texas congressman charlie wilson's covert dealings in afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

"Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the movie.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Rude, crude and hilarious...Hoffman is the film's sparking live wire.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...[Hanks and Hoffman] have terrific chemistry and riff off one another like partners in a veteran comedy team.  Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"...a sobering account of the geopolitical hijinks that gave shape to our current world.  Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
"...[a] terrific tale of political wheeling and dealing.  Stephanie Zacharek,
"...a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.  Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A witty, literate, wryly sophisticated parable of American politics...  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's Note
The first time the audience sees Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) in the early 1980s, he seems far from a model politician. Surrounded by strippers, a Playboy Playmate, and cocaine, the naked congressman lies in a hot tub at a party. Despite the distractions, the TV news catches Charlie's attention as Dan Rather reports from a war-torn Afghanistan. As Soviets invade the country, the Afghans lack the money and technology to defend themselves. Enter Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), a wealthy Texan who champions the cause of Afghanistan and, by extension in the Cold War, America. Together with CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Charlie begins a secret war where he must unite Israel, Pakistan, Egypt, and America to defeat the Soviets.

Just as director Mike Nichols brought a sense of fun to what should have been dour proceedings in films such as THE GRADUATE and CLOSER, this comedy about the largest covert war to date never feels like a history lesson. Writer Aaron Sorkin's dialogue is as sharp as fans have come to expect, and it's delivered with impressive verve from the film's trio of Oscar winners. Hoffman is famous for transforming into various characters, and he's remarkable, but it's Hanks's turn that's the most surprising. Outwardly, Charlie could resemble many of Hanks's previous roles, but the actor adds layers to the character and changes without the aid of makeup or prosthetics. Based on a true story as written by George Crile, the script for CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR displays all the trademark wit of Sorkin's writing. As in Sorkin's other work, notably THE WEST WING and THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, the characters in CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR display a fierce love of their country. The screenwriter's own politics often rise to the surface, but this smart comedy never feels preachy.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/3/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61100566
Video UPC UPC: 00025195004848
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Charlie Wilson's War - DVD Review
By: Jay Antani DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/21/2008 7:31 PM
Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made two exceedingly smart choices in adapting George Crile's book Charlie Wilson's War. First, they consented to a brisk 95-minute running time, rather than fall prey to the "prestige" mentality that can saddle such projects, and that bloats them out to beyond two hours. The other choice was leavening their material with a snappy, devil-may-care attitude -- a sure-fire strategy to skim over their story's weakest areas of story and character development. Charlie Wilson's War is entertaining, and that's about the extent of the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Amy Adams
Video Cast Info Emily Blunt
Video Cast Info Julia Roberts
Video Cast Info Ned Beatty
Video Cast Info Philip Seymour Hoffman
Video Cast Info Shiri Appleby
Video Cast Info Terry Bozeman
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks
Video Cast Info Aaron Sorkin - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Antonia Van Drimmelen - Editor
Video Cast Info George Crile - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Bloom - Editor
Video Cast Info Maria-Teresa Barbasso, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Mike Nichols - Director
Video Cast Info Paul A. Levin - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Goldblatt - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks - Producer
Video Cast Info Victor Kempster - Production Designer


Nominee (2008)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Charlie Wilson's War, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Tom Hanks, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Julia Roberts, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Aaron Sorkin, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"It's quite a yarn, and the filmmakers relate it with clarity and verve....[There is] a bracing, cheering present-day moral to be found in Charlie Wilson's story, a reminder that high principles are not incompatible with the pleasure principle." 12/21/2007

Entertainment Weekly
"[I]t's all about a likable scoundrel who discovers what it means to act out of conviction....A journalistic satire of realpolitik..." -- Grade: B 12/21/2007 p.56

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- " [Hoffman is] sly, bumptious and brilliant...He brings Gust such gusto that the energy level spikes whenever he's on screen." 01/01/2008 p.48

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "Hoffman is the film's sparkling live wire." 12/27/2007 p.123

4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he tone is sophisticated and the handling is remarkably light and adept." 02/01/2008 p.109

4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's during the sparkling exchanges between the leads that the movie takes off. Hanks infuses Wilson with a bounce of charm we haven't seen from him in years.' 02/01/2008 p.42

Sight and Sound
"The material certainly works as satire. The dialogue -- trademark Sorkin -- is all quickfire and smart, with witty wordplay that harks back to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s." 03/01/2008 p.61

ReelViews 9 of 10
It's a curious thing. Whenever this much talent is assembled for a motion picture, the result inevitably seems to be a letdown. And to say that Charlie Wilson's War is topheavy with talent is to understate the matter. The cast features three Oscar winners and two nominees. The director has been nominated five times and won once. The writer is a multiple Emmy winner. The cinematographer has a couple of Oscar nominations and the composer has six. Almost against the odds, however, Charlie Wilson's War does not collapse under the weight of expectations. In fact, it meets them squarely without flinching. With its rapid pace, smart screenplay, and top-notch acting, this is one of the 2007 Oscar season's most appealing and compelling adult motion pictures...With so many movies working on auto-pilot, it's easy to forget the pleasure of a well-written screenplay, and even easier to forget how good things can be when a director of Mike Nichols' pedigree brings the script to life. The film has it all: suspense, drama, and humor...From start to finish, Charlie Wilson's War is an unrelieved delight, and it works even better for those who understand the bridges that took us from the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan to 9/11 and beyond. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
You might think Tom Hanks is miscast as the lovable sinner. Dennis Quaid, maybe, or Woody Harrelson. But Hanks brings something unique to the role: He plays a man spinning his wheels, bored with the girls and parties, looking for something to bring meaning to his slog through the federal bureaucracy. He and Gust (a perfect name) are well-matched. "Do you drink?" he asks the CIA man on their first meeting. "Oh, God, yes." Gust has been fighting for years to budge the CIA on Afghanistan, and now the right congressman falls into his hands...Nichols fills the edges of the screen with unforced humor. There are "Charlie's Angels," Wilson's office staff of buxom young women, all of them smart. There's Charlie's special assistant Bonnie, played by the lovable, fresh-faced Amy Adams ("Junebug," "Enchanted"), who cleans up after him, gives him good advice, keeps his schedule, and adores him. And there is the presence of Hoffman himself, a smoldering volcano of frustration and unspent knowledge. It's hard to see how Charlie could have ended the Cold War without him, and impossible to see how Gust and Bonnie could have ended it without him. The next time you hear about Reagan ending it, ask yourself if he ever heard of Charlie Wilson. - Roger Ebert

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