Charlie Wilson’s War

MARCH 2018

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Based on the book by George Crile. Cast: Tom Hanks (Charlie Wilson), Julia Roberts (Joanne Herring), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Gust Avrakotos), Amy Adams (Bonnie Bach), Ned Beatty (Doc Long).

If it’s the best politically themed movie to come around in a while, that may be because the director, Mike Nichols, and the screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, grasp that politics, for all its seriousness, is an essentially comic undertaking.
—A.O. Smith, The New York Times

The fact that the mujahideen, armed by the United States, morphed into the Islamist haters of American freedom? Well, this movie spends its time averting its eyes from that terrible fact, and fastidiously declines to spell it out, other than with some supercilious warnings from Gust, and a fatuous and redundant postscript before the credits about ‘having fucked up the endgame’.
—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Lucy’s article about this movie can be found here.


Bradshaw, P. (2008). Charlie Wilson’s War. The Guardian. Retrieved from

Nichols, M. (Director). (2007). Charlie Wilson’s War (Motion Picture). USA: Universal.

Scott, A. (2007). Good-Time Charlie’s Foreign Affairs. The New York Times. Retrieved from

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Pam Hassebroek is founder and editor-in-chief at Movies on Chatham. A passionate researcher in the field of communication, her broad focus is information security, countering cybercrime and terrorism, to which she contributes by studying communication in film. She earned MS and PhD degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. Past positions include petroleum reservoir engineering and teaching.