• Publication date: October 7, 2011

When the world wasn't watching, they changed it forever. Charlie Wilson's War: Bringing Down An Empire

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.

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.

The first time the audience sees Texas congressman Charlie Wilson 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, a wealthy Texan who champions the cause of Afghanistan and, by extension in the Cold War, America.

Together with CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos, Charlie begins a secret war where he must unite Israel, Pakistan, Egypt, and America to defeat the Soviets.

Prodded by his major conservative supporter, Herring, Wilson learns about the plight the people are suffering in the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

With the help of Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support to defeat the Soviet Union.

However, Charlie Wilson eventually learns that while military victory can be had, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow.

This movie is rated R for strong language, nudity/sexual content and some drug use.

Year: 2007

Runtime: 102 mins

Genre: Biography/ Drama

Starring:

Tom Hanks

Julia Roberts

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Ned Beatty

Emily Blunt

Amy Adams

Denis O'Hare

Om Puri

Shiri Appleby

Ken Stott

Rachel Nichols

Directed by: Mike Nichols