Charlie Wilson's War exclusive International trailer
The international trailer for Charlie Wilson's War is online. This is the film that sees Tom Hanks play the senator who managed to involve America in the funding and resourcing of the Afghanistan rebels against the Russian invasion.
The film also stars Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I have the full blurb below, but seeing this trailer still fills me with concern over how it's going to portray this huge event in American history which helped create the Taliban and the anti-American feeling in the country.
So far the trailer and preview have concentrated on the lighter side of the film, but this international trailer gives us the hint of something more, the heavier side starts to poke through that of the comic aspect, and that's the part I'm interested in.
I really do hope that this story doesn't whitewash over what the American involvement, and the withdrawal of support, ultimately did to the country. Of course let's not forget the freedom of Afghanistan was secured, but the film does seem to suggest that the events that came after and their consequences aren't addressed, and I really hope that isn't the case.
The exclusive international trailer is over at Yahoo Movies [Flash].
Here's the large official blurb for the film which sees a US release on the 25th of December and a UK release on the 11th of January 2008 with the rest of the world following.
“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.
Charlie Wilson (Tom 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 (Julia 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).
Charlie's partner in this uphill endeavour is CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman), 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."”