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Movie Preview: Charlie Wilson's War

Movie Preview: Charlie Wilson's War


I got so absorbed in watching this trailer for Charlie Wilson's War I completely forgot that the lead actor is Tom Hanks. And this is just from a two-and-a-half minute preview. Some folks are already whispering about the Oscar potential for this film, which opens December 25.

The movie seems like it will smoothly skate that line between comedy and drama. It appears to be a character-driven story that also focuses on covert international politics in the 1980s. Hanks plays Texas congressman whose secret dealings in Afghanistan — assisting rebels in their war with the Soviets — have some "unforeseen and long-reaching effects," like, apparently forming "the backbone of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban."

The trailer implies that the real brains behind these operations is a smart, wealthy Texas woman, Joanne Herring (played with sass by Julia Roberts). I already like this movie. To check out the trailer (which, to top everything off, features some great songs),

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wallaceo wallaceo 8 years
I love Jules, but Tom Hanks??? Yuck!
akosijen akosijen 8 years
this almost looks like the scene in Pretty Woman where richard gere is teasing Julia with that necklace. Except, minue the black dress and blond hair.
starbright14 starbright14 8 years
Julia looks absolutely beautiful!
awteena awteena 8 years
oh texas, oh texas.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
This movie looks outstanding. I so want to see this!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great cast and trailer. Looking forward to seeing this one.
julforever julforever 8 years
can't wait!
Gatz Gatz 8 years
The screenplay is by Aaron Sorkin. That alone has me going to see the movie.
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
Mike Nichols is a genius! I love Philip Seymour Hoffman! I'm seeing this movie...
marcella marcella 8 years
wow this looks like a real piece of shit.
laceykk23 laceykk23 8 years
tom looks great, ive been waiting for him to come out with a movie that interests me. and philip seymour hoffman is just awesome, anything that he's in is great!! cant wait for it to come out.
theironist theironist 8 years
Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman? Done and done!
Orangecrush43 Orangecrush43 8 years
Love it
jenintx jenintx 8 years
i'm reading the book right now. the author also implies that joanne herring had a lot to do with influencing charlie's interest in the mujahideen, as she was really good friends with (and honorary ambassador for) the pakistani president (the pakistanis were supporting afghanistan and working with the CIA to do so). it's a great read. i hope the movie does the book justice, since they so rarely do (*coughdevilwearspradacough*). i guess they're going to overlook the fact that charlie wilson is 6'4 (often 6'7 in his cowboy boots), though the author talks about it constantly in the book. i've been excitedly anticipating the movie ever since wilson spoke at my university a couple of years ago and announced that tom hanks and julia roberts were going to be affiliated with it.
yyam084 yyam084 8 years
i miss julia, the all time americas sweetheart!!!
komler komler 8 years
I was entertained by the trailer, at least.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
Hmmm.... I was wondering what Julia Roberts has been up to lately. Looks like a winner!
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