In the early 1980's, Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas who seems to be in minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-op committees. However, prodded by his major conservative supporter Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), Wilson learns about the plight of the people suffering in the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support to defeat the Soviet Union.
I think I would've liked the movie a bit more had I been more aware of the events depicted in it. The performances were good, more so from Hanks and Hoffman. I wasn't expecting much from Mike Nichols' direction (mind you, the only other movie I've seen by him was The Graduate), but it was good.
My Rating: ****