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Charlie Wilson's War

Published November 26, 2021

Charlie Wilson's War

Film info

  • Title Charlie Wilson's War
  • Director Mike Nichols
  • Year 2007
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy, History
  • Tagline Based on a true story. You think we could make all this up?

Based on the outrageous true story, Charlie Wilson's War shows how one congressman who loved a good time, one Houston socialite who loved a good cause and one renegade CIA agent who loved a good fight conspired to bring about the largest covert operation in history.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:00 The clandestine services… I like it.
7:35 “I’d like it if you didn’t throw my name around so much as from time to time I like to use it myself.”
11:30 Loving the massive wall-length world map in his office. Jealous.
18:45 Learning Finnish might come in handy anywhere!
25:36 “Why is Congress saying one thing and doing nothing?’ “Tradition mostly.”
28:07 Nekkid.
38:06 Toy mines might be the worst thing I’ve ever heard.
43:49 $1 million a minute is hell of an incentive not to be late.
50:30 This guy’s context switching is amazing.
53:33 How can you hold four games of chess in your head?
1:00:37 I love that nobody likes Gust.
1:07:18 Julia Roberts is amazing.
1:10:33 “That you won’t go to rehab because they don’t serve whiskey there.”
1:20:25 They doubled it from 5 to 10m, and now we’re at 100!
1:23:52 I know they’re the bad guys, but that’s actual footage of helicopter destruction.
1:26:11 A billion!!
1:29:48 “You’re not stupid, you’re just in Congress.”
1:30:55 “We’ll see.”

Thoughts

I didn’t know this story but once I saw it had Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in it, I was on board. It’s a dense film, as you might expect from Aaron Sorkin, with a lot of politics and moving parts to keep track of. But it does a really good job, and even a fool like me could follow what was actually an emotional story.

I liked that it told an important story that really got you invested, despite the fact most of the people weren’t that likeable, having both good and bad points to their character - very human in that respect! And although it comes to a good ending, it leaves you thinking about the repercussions from these events, particularly with the recent change in power in Afghanistan.

Rating: 4 / 5

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