Charlie Wilson's War
(USA/Germany, 2007, 101 minutes)
In the early 1980s, an American congressman becomes smitten with the cause of the Afghan resistance to the Soviets, and works his way around Washington until it becomes the largest CIA covert operation ever. A true story stranger than any fiction becomes a lively, rambunctious political comedy that milks the comedy angle so well that the political side becomes almost an afterthought.
Universal Pictures presents, in association with Relativity Media and Participant Productions, a Playtone production; in association with MP Munich Pape Filmproductions. Starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Emily Blunt, Om Puri, Ken Stott, John Slattery, Denis O'Hare, Jud Tylor. Directed by Mike Nichols; produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman; screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by George Crile, Charlie Wilson's War; music by James Newton Howard; director of photography (DeLuxe), Stephen Goldblatt; production designer, Victor Kempster; costume designer, Albert Wolsky; film editors, John Bloom, Antonia van Drimmelen.