Release Date:April 22,2008
Charlie Wilson (Hanks) was a bachelor congressman from Texas whose ?Good Time Charlie? exterior masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog. In the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan?which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians. Charlie?s longtime friend, patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring (Roberts), one of the wealthiest women in Texas and a virulent anti-communist. Believing the American response to the Russian invasion was anemic at best, she prodded Charlie into doing more for the Mujahideen (Afghan freedom fighters). Charlie?s partner in this uphill endeavor was CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman), a blue-collar operative in a company of Ivy League blue bloods. Together, the three of them?Charlie, Joanne and Gust?traveled the world to form unlikely alliances among the Pakistanis, Israelis, Egyptians, arms dealers, law makers and a belly dancer. Their success was remarkable. Funding for covert operations against the Soviets went from $5 million to $1 billion annually. The Red Army retreated out of Afghanistan. When asked how a group of peasants was able to deliver such a decisive blow to the army of a superpower, Pakistani President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq responded simply, ?Charlie did it.?DVD BONUS FEATURES: THE MAKING OF CHARLIE WILSON?S WAR: An inside look at the making of the film featuring interviews with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. WHO IS CHARLIE WILSON?: A profile of the real Charlie Wilson, featuring interviews with Charlie Wilson, Joanne Herring, Tom Hanks, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Mike Nichols.