15 certificateCharlie Wilson's War is a Film programme that first aired in 2007 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Charlie Wilson's War is a 3 star programme

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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Directed by
Mike Nichols

In the early 1980s, Texan congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks, pictured) has carved himself out a comfortable niche in the United States government, meddling profitably in a few sub-committees and generally living the high life.

But then, wealthy socialite Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts, pictured) uses her considerable wiles to open Charlie's eyes to the suffering of the Afghan people under Soviet rule. With the help of CIA insider Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Charlie uses his influence to vastly increase America's military aid to Afghanistan's freedom fighters.

Brilliantly scripted by The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin, the political machinations and inner workings of American government are deftly handled, while director Mike Nichols keeps the action moving at a surprising pace. Hanks oozes charm as "Good Time Charlie", as does Roberts' Machiavellian crusader, but Oscar-nominated Hoffman once again steals the show as an embittered yet ambitious CIA man.

Based on true-life events, the film manages to pay tribute to Wilson's altruistic goals, while keeping in mind the long-term tragedy that would spring from America's arming of the mujahideen. Intelligent, grown-up film-making. Recommended.

Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2007

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Tom HanksTom Hanks...Rep. Charlie Wilson
Image for Amy AdamsAmy Adams...Bonnie Bach
Image for Julia RobertsJulia Roberts...Joanne Herring
Image for Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman...Gust Avrakotos
Terry Bozeman...CIA Award Presenter
Brian Markinson...Paul Brown
Image for Judy TylorJudy Tylor...Crystal Lee
Hilary Angelo...Kelly
Cyia Batten...Stacey
Kirby Mitchell...Stoned Guy
Ed Regine...Limo Driver
Daniel Eric Gold...Donnelly
Image for Emily BluntEmily Blunt...Jane Liddle
Peter Gerety...Larry Liddle
Wynn Everett...Charlie's Angels - Receptionist