Charlie Wilson's War


1h 37m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers and cocaine. His "Good Time Charlie" exterior, however, masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog, and in the early 1980s the underdog was Afgha

Film Details

Also Known As
guerre selon Charlie Wilson
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Peggy Names
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Morocco; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Synopsis

Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers and cocaine. His "Good Time Charlie" exterior, however, masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog, and in the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan--which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians. Charlie's longtime friend and patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring, 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 prods Charlie into doing more for the Mujahideen (Afghan freedom fighters). Charlie's partner in this uphill endeavor is CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos, a blue-collar operative in a company of Ivy League blue bloods. Together, the three of them--Charlie, Joanne and Gust--travel 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."

Crew

Saadia Aalami

Production Secretary

Ruben Abarca

Dresser

Benali Chaoui Abdelkader

Stage Manager

Abdelhadi El Abdi

Assistant Location Manager

Samira Abdoune

Costumer

Luisa Abel

Makeup

Noureddine Aberdine

Assistant Director

Karim Abouobayd

Project Manager

Toufiq Abouobayd

Location Manager

Khadija Ailoul

Hair Stylist

Tahar Ajoualil

Electrician

David Alexander

Digital Effects Artist

Janice Alexander

Hair

Eric Allard

Special Effects

Nancy Allen

Music Editor

Antonio Almaraz

Costumer

Ted Alvarez

Location Manager

Tarik Amchemar

On-Set Dresser

Mohamed El Amrani

Grip

Deva Anderson

Music Supervisor

Donna J Anderson

Hair Stylist

Danny Andres

Rigging Grip

Cesar Angobaldo

Transportation Co-Captain

Pete Anthony

Original Music

Malika Aouis

Hair Stylist

Nazha Aouis

Makeup

Mohammed Aqermim

Special Effects Technician

William Arnot

Steadicam Operator

William Arnot

Camera Operator

Karen Asano-myers

Hair

Mohamed Atbir

Assistant Production Coordinator

Christopher E Atkinson

Sound

Jeff Atmajian

Original Music

Paige Augustine

Props Buyer

Carlo Avvisato

Swing Gang

Russell Ayer

Electrician

Said El Ayyar

Costumer

Jalal Aziz

Transportation Captain

Daniel Bacciu

Props

Najib Bachar

Office Runner

Najat Ait Badi

Costumer

Laura Bagano

Craft Service

Mary Bailey

Script Supervisor

Mary Bailey

Associate Producer

Norman Baillie

Special Effects Technician

Vivian Baker

Makeup Artist

Majid Balafrej

Accounting Assistant

Terry Baliel

Hair Stylist

Randall Balsmeyer

Titles

Lori A Balton

Location Scout

Elena Baranova

Dialect Coach

Elena Baranova

Interpreter

Maria Teresa Barbasso

Art Director

William D Barber

Camera Operator

Wesley Vonlee Barnard

Special Effects Technician

James Barrett

Electrician

James Barrett

Rigging Gaffer

William Barrett

Gang Boss

Wyatt Bartlett

Costumer

Chris Baugh

Location Manager

Mohamed Baykandarn

Electrician

Idriss Bayoussef

Tailor

Milt Bearden

Advisor

Samira Bejjoudi

Costumer

Colonel Bekkouri

Advisor

Mounsef Belam

Office Production Assistant

Ernest Belding

Location Scout

Robert Bell

Song

Ronald Bell

Song

Tarik Ait Ben Ali

Assistant Director

Zhor Bennani

Makeup Artist

Salim Bensrhir

Electrician

Driss Bentabia

Painter

Miles Bentley

Office Production Assistant

Kevin Berlandi

Set Production Assistant

William Berloni

Animal Trainer

Chris Bernal

Rigging Electrician

Erik Bernstein

Best Boy

Soufiane Berrada

Electrician

Fabrizio Bianchi

Swing Gang

Abdelilah El Bidari

Costumer

Gary Bierend

Special Effects

Luke Bittel

Researcher

Abdelaziz Bizzi

Grip

Driss Bizzi

Grip

Jack Blanchard

On-Set Dresser

John Bloom

Editor

Dan Blundy

Crane Grip

Ron Bochar

Supervising Sound Editor

Pablo Borges

Costumer

Mohamed Bougati

Costumer

Khalid Boulasri

Location Manager

Fouad Bourbouh

Camera Assistant

Caimin Bourne

Special Effects Technician

Rkia Bourragat

Hair Stylist

Aziz Bousfiha

Accounting Assistant

David Bowie

Song

David Bowie

Song Performer

Michelle Brattson

Production Coordinator

Glenn Braun

Foreman

Charles Brown

Song Performer

Daniel Brown

Transportation Captain

Erik L Brown

Assistant Camera

George Brown

Song

Jeffrey S Brown

Greensman

Judy Brown

Instructor

Mabel Brown

Song

Eric Bruno

Compositing Supervisor

Jimmy Bryant

Song Performer

Tony Buccola

Art Assistant

Andrew Buckland

Assistant Editor

Josh Burns

Location Manager

Michael Cahoon

Loader

Sabrina Calley

Costumer

Elizabeth Camp

Production Assistant

Colin Campbell

Gaffer

Randy Cantor

Transportation Captain

John Carbonara

Music Editor

Cristen Carr Strubbe

Unit Production Manager

Phillip Carreon

Hair Stylist

Ash Carter

Set Production Assistant

Marla Carter

Compositing Supervisor

Jeffrey Caruso

Assistant Production Coordinator

Jordi Casares

Stunt Coordinator

Jorge Casares

Stunt Coordinator

Monica Castro

Props Assistant

Kam Chan

Foley Editor

Martin Charles

Graphic Designer

Abdelkebir Cherkaoui

Electrician

Clinton Childress

Office Production Assistant

Housna Choukri

Assistant

Mohamed Chrouate

Assistant Location Manager

Bonnie Clevering

Hair Stylist

Alan Coates

Generator Operator

Rudy Coblentz

Accountant

Gary J Coelho

Foreman

Clayton Cogswell

Props Assistant

Jeff Comfort

Film Lab

Ry Cooder

Music Arranger

Trevor Coop

Director Of Photography

Curt Corbitt

Props Assistant

Dave Corcoran

Sound Editor

Chris Corrado

Dga Trainee

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Celia D. Costas

Executive Producer

Steve Costello

Gaffer

Robert Cox

Animal Trainer

Rosemary Cremona

Assistant Director

George Crile

Source Material

George Crile

Technical Advisor

Steve Cummings

Props

Salima Oulad Dahhou

Hair Stylist

Siham Ouled Dahhou

Makeup Artist

Jim Davidson

Modelmaker

Eugene Davis

Assistant Director

Ray De La Motte

Camera Operator

Eddie De Lange

Song

Richard Dean

Makeup Artist

Jerry C Deats

Grip

Jerry Decarlo

Hair Stylist

Joshua Deceuster

Accountant

Brad Dechter

Original Music

Enayat Delawary

Dialect Coach

Enayat Delawary

Interpreter

Eddie Delena

Music

Jim Demarco

Accounting Assistant

Allison Diamond

Assistant

Lee Dichter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Paulie Dicocco

Driver

Jason Dodd

Special Effects Technician

Sarah Dorman

Post-Production Assistant

Antoine L. Douaihy

Production Manager

Antoine L. Douaihy

Unit Director

Rachid Douha

Production Assistant

Karim Doukkali

Assistant Director

Audrey Doyle

Prosthetic Makeup

Kim Doyle

Visual Effects Producer

Ivan Drehspul

Special Effects Technician

Omar Driouche

Transportation Captain

Monique Drumheller

Craft Service

Francois Duhamel

Photography

Tommy Dunne

Props

Jere Van Dyk

Technical Advisor

Polly Earnshaw

Makeup Supervisor

Wayne Eaton

Special Effects Technician

Elaine Edford

Visual Effects Producer

Gregg Edler

Production Supervisor

Richard Edlund

Visual Effects Supervisor

Abdellatif El Ansary

Electrician

Mustapha El Idrissi

Grip

Ourssel El Kilali

Swing Gang

Aicha El Meziane

Makeup Artist

Magic Ellingson

Production Assistant

Duke Ellington

Song

Duke Ellington

Song Performer

Maggie Elliot

Makeup Artist

Priscilla Elliott

Researcher

David Emmerichs

Steadicam Operator

David Emmerichs

Camera Operator

Randy Eriksen

Assistant Property Master

Film Details

Also Known As
guerre selon Charlie Wilson
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Peggy Names
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Morocco; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Award Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

2007
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Released in United States Winter December 21, 2007

Released in United States on Video April 22, 2008

Based on the book "Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History" by George Crile; published by the Atlantic Monthly Press April 2003.

Universal paid seven-figures for Aaron Sorkin to adapt the book.

Released in United States Winter December 21, 2007

Released in United States on Video April 22, 2008

Project was included on the 2005 Black List.