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Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

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Biography, Comedy, Drama |

Charlie Wilson’s War is a American biographical comedy-drama film, based on the story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos, whose efforts led to Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet–Afghan War.

The film was directed by Mike Nichols (his final film) and written by Aaron Sorkin, who adapted George Crile III’s 2003 book Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History. Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman starred, with Amy Adams and Ned Beatty in supporting roles. It was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, but did not win in any category. Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 1980, Congressman Charlie Wilson is more interested in partying than legislating, frequently throwing huge galas and staffing his congressional office with young, attractive women. His social life eventually brings about a federal investigation into allegations of his cocaine use, conducted by federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani as part of a larger investigation into congressional misconduct. The investigation results in no charge against Wilson.

A friend and romantic interest, Joanne Herring, encourages Charlie to do more to help the Afghan people, and persuades him to visit the Pakistani leadership. The Pakistanis complain about the inadequate support of the U.S. to oppose the Soviet Union, and they insist that Wilson visit a major Pakistan-based Afghan refugee camp.

Director: Mike Nichols

Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), George Crile (book)

Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Emily Blunt, Om Puri

Cast:

Tom HanksCharlie Wilson
Amy AdamsBonnie Bach
Julia RobertsJoanne Herring
Philip Seymour HoffmanGust Avrakotos
Terry BozemanCIA Award Presenter
Brian MarkinsonPaul Brown
Jud TylorCrystal Lee
Hilary AngeloKelly
Cyia BattenStacey
Kirby MitchellStoned Guy
Ed RegineLimo Driver
Daniel Eric GoldDonnelly
Emily BluntJane Liddle
Peter GeretyLarry Liddle
Wynn EverettReceptionist – Charlie’s Angels
Mary-Bonner BakerMarla – Charlie’s Angels (as Mary Bonner Baker)
Rachel NicholsSuzanne – Charlie’s Angels
Shiri ApplebyJailbait – Charlie’s Angels
P.J. ByrneJim Van Wagenen
John SlatteryCravely
Thomas CrawfordMaintenance Man
Joe RolandMcGaffin
Patrika DarboAuctioneer
Carly ReevesSlave Girl
Salaheddine Ben ChegraPakistani Steward (as Salaheddine Benchegra)
Om PuriPresident Zia
Faran TahirBrigadier Rashid
Rizwan ManjiColonel Mahmood
Maurice SherbaneeRefugee In Wheelchair (as Maurice Sherbanée)
Salam SangiRefugee Building Wall
Navid NegahbanRefugee Camp Translator
Mozhan MarnòRefugee Camp Translator #2 (as Mozhan Marno)
Michael SabaAfghan Boy (as Habib Saba)
Nadia MillerAfghan Girl
Michelle ArthurRefugee Camp Nurse
Shila OmmiRefugee Mother (as Shila Vossugh Ommi)
Edward HuntEmbassy Marine
Michael HaleyEmbassy Official (as R.M. Haley)
Denis O’HareHarold Holt
Michael SpellmanAgent Patrick
Russell EdgeAgent Wells
Christopher DenhamMike Vickers
Joseph SikoraChess Player (as Joe Sikora)
Gabriel TigermanChess Player
Patrick BentleyChess Player
Marc PelinaChess Player
Ken StottZvi
Tracy PhillipsBellydancer
Aharon IpaléEgyptian Defense Minister (as Ipalé)
Ned BeattyDoc Long
Mary BaileyDoc Long’s Secretary
Trish Gallaher GlennJoanne’s Assistant
Ron FasslerMario
Enayat DelawaryDoc Long’s Translator
Nancy Linehan CharlesMrs. Long
Khalili DastanMujahideen Translator (as Daston Kalili)
Pasha D. LychnikoffRussian Helicopter Pilot (as Pasha Lychnikoff)
Ilia VolokRussian Helicopter Pilot
Alex LvovskyRussian Helicopter Pilot (as Alexander Lvovsky)
Sammy SheikStinger Mujahideen
Moneer YaqubiStinger Mujahideen
Gabriel JusticeStinger Mujahideen
Siyal MohammadStinger Presenter (as Siyal Mohamad)
Quill RobertsStinger Presenter
Jim JansenCongressional Committee
Harry S. MurphyCongressional Committee
Spencer GarrettCongressional Committee
Kevin CooneyCongressional Committee
Don AbernathyMan in Park Eating Hotdog (uncredited)
Susan Jasmin ArmonAfghan Girl (uncredited)
Erick AvariAri Goldman (uncredited)
Yousuf AzamiWork Relief Guy (uncredited)
Anthony AziziOrderly (uncredited)
Tiffany L. BakerOil Tycoon’s Wife (uncredited)
Cathy BeasleySecretary (uncredited)
Nazanin BoniadiAfghan Refugee Woman (uncredited)
Lara Flynn BoyleCharlie’s Advisor (uncredited)
CelestinaDancer (uncredited)
Darren DowlerCongressman (uncredited)
Johnny DroccoDapper Dan at Party (uncredited)
François DuhamelFrench Photographer (uncredited)
John R. DuncanCIA Agent (uncredited)
David M. EdelstienHotel Manager (uncredited)
Paul HaaschFraternity Slave Driver (uncredited)
Brooks HallCharlie’s Party Guest (uncredited)
Jody JaressVIP Party Guest (uncredited)
Alexander KanellakosTexas Millionaire (uncredited)
Igor KorosecUSSR Gunner 2 (uncredited)
Richard LawrenceSenators Aide (uncredited)
Daniel LenchParty Goer #1 (uncredited)
Tucker MaloneyCIA Operative (uncredited)
J. Patrick McCormackSenator (uncredited)
Ambria MisciaVegas Showgirl (uncredited)
Kazu NagahamaJapanese Tourist (uncredited)
Mara NewExtra (uncredited)
David E. NewhamDC Cop (uncredited)
Dennis Lee NowickiCongressman (uncredited)
Tom OhmerParty Guest (uncredited)
Ali OlomiInjured Mujahadeen Soldier (uncredited)
Ron OstrowCongressional Committee #5 (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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