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Charlie Wilsons War - Tom Hanks Interview - Golden Globe Nom

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Charlie Wilson's War, Interview with Academy Award Winner, Tom Hanks... Release Date: December 25, 2007 Studio: Universal Pictures Director: Mike Nichols Screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: Not Available Official Website: CharlieWilsonsWar.net Review: Not Available DVD Review: Not Available DVD: Not Available Movie Poster: View here Production Stills: View here Plot Summary: "Charlie Wilson's War" is the true story of how a playboy congressman, a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history. Their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, with consequences that reverberate throughout the world today. Oscar® winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman team with Academy Award®-winning director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to bring George Crile's best-selling book to the screen. Charlie Wilson (Hanks) 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 (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 prods Charlie into doing more for the Mujahideen (Afghan freedom fighters). The weeks to come will determine just how severe a blow Benazir Bhutto's death is to Pakistan, but debate over Washington's role in the run up to this tragic day will continue well beyond that. Even as the smoke still lingered in Rawalpindi, President Bush demanded that those responsible for Bhutto's death be caught and punished. "The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan's democracy," Bush told reporters in Crawford, Texas, where he had arrived Wednesday to begin a long New Year's holiday. "Those who committed this crime must be brought to justice." Related Articles Benazir Bhutto (1953--2007) Almost an iconic figure in the West, the Pakistani politician never truly figured out how to exercise her power Making a Martyr of Bhutto The assassination of the charismatic politician plunges Pakistan into uncertainty, and possibly more instability Video: Benazir Bhutto, Nov. 2007 Benazir Bhutto speaks from inside her home in Pakistan, when she was under house arrest Photos: Benazir Bhutto The former Prime Minister is killed by an assassin Are Pakistan's Nukes in Safe Hands? Pakistan army soldiers march in a National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan. ... Can the U.S. Pressure Musharraf? Article Tools President George Bush doesn't have time for Pakis... Pakistan: The Making of a Crisis (l. to r.): Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto; Pakistan's President... How India Views Pakistan's Turmoil Pakistani police look on as opposition Jamat-e-Islami party members rally agains... But there are some who think the Bush Administration is not without blame. Hussain Haqqani, a former top aide to Bhutto and now a professor at Boston University, thinks the U.S., which has counted Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as a key ally against terrorism since 9/11, bears some of the responsibility. "Washington will have to answer a lot of questions, especially the Administration," he says. "People like me have been making specific requests to American officials to intervene and ask for particular security arrangements be made for her, and they have been constantly just trusting the Musharraf Administration." U.S. officials said they were leery of intervening in an...