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Charlie Wilson's War

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message 1: by Fenixbird (last edited Jan 08, 2008 04:07AM) (new)

Fenixbird SandS | 14 comments Just saw this film based on the George Crile book....Kind of struck me like a window into a few decades ago & good things happening--a just cause found & aided because it was the "right thing to do." Just kept echoing that thought in mind...I took it right in stride "his world," the graphic, vagrant sexuality that Congressman Wilson (Tom Hanks' character) lived his daily life in. Performances were awesome. Roberts surprised me playing a bigot, cause-oriented wealthy Texan vamp (but a religious Christian political vamp)!!! LOL She was great in this role...with her amazing wig hairdo & the longest false eyelashes I have seen--to rival Tammy Faye! Interesting how different she looked as a blonde. Good ol' boy Ned Beatty made an appearance as the good ol' boy he plays soooo well!

Here is the book synopsis..."In the early 1980s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan "freedom fighters" who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders. Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies. Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agency's rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers' conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand-new foe in the form of radical Islam."

message 2: by Arctic (new)

Arctic I've heard good things about this film, particularly with regards to its historical accuracy. I'll probably have to watch it on dvd though.

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