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The True Story of Charlie Wilson (History Channel)
The True Story of Charlie Wilson
History Channel
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 34min

No one suspected that playboy Congressman Charlie Wilson and his partner Gust Avrakotos--an aggressive CIA agent nicknamed Dr. Dirty --would mastermind the covert arming of the Afghan Mujahideen in what became the largest ...  more »

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Movie Details

Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/08/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The True Story of Charlie Wilson
Jeffrey L. Dorrell | Houston, Texas | 05/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a lawyer and actually knew Charlie Wilson from his first term in Congress--he appointed me an intern in his Washington office in 1974. I used a 4-minute clip from this movie of his explaining how he got into politics (a neighbor poisoned Charlie's dog when he was 13, and he skillfully organized constituents to vote the guy out of office by 16 votes) in a guest lecture I gave to a college government class on local politics. It was a big hit with the students. The movie is much more interesting than the Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks (even though Hanks does a great job) because it shows the real people and events, not actors and graphics."
Makes James Bond look like a third grader.
Stephen Milovich | Trinity Center, CA USA | 05/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had never heard of this documentary until I first viewed it on THE HISTORY CHANNEL. Initially I thought it was some "action adventure" fiction type. It did not take long to figure out this was a real event that changed the history of the world: was responsible for kicking the Soviets out of Afghanistan and led to the demise of the Soviet Union.

What is so amazing is that one "on the wild side" U.S. senator and one "shunned/rouge" CIA agent was responsible for all of this. They did not just sit behind some desk either! They were on their own. Of course that is until near the very end when the CIA wanted some of the glory too.

This is a documentary you do not want to miss! The Hollywood version, "Charlie Wilson's War" staring Tom Hanks is; I'm sure a good movie but in no way can portray the real life events of of Charlie Wilson and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos.

The real Charlie Wilson in his own words
Jeedgr | Wayne, PA USA | 05/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you want to meet the real Charlie Wilson and the real exchanges that took place as he forstered the Afgan effort to drive the Russians out of of Afganistan, then you'll want to see the History Channels "True Story". It involves so much detail about how things get done in Washington and in Congress that if your like me you'll watch it over and over. This is no movie made up by Hollywood, but, except for some parts, it puts together documentary scenes with the protagonist himself, Congressman Charlie Wilson, telling story, how he got Congress to fund the weapons and supplies to the Afgans, how he made visits to the right world leaders to help instigate it, and without a lot of publicity.

One scene that the History Channel had that unfortunately did not get onto the DVD is the finale of the Russians, as they were leaving Afghanistan across freedom bridge, requested that Charlie show up in military uniform. Charlie thought the Russians were going to shoot him since he was not at that moment a civilian, but they wanted to salute the man who pulled off uniting a people who drove them out.

Unfortunately also, we never got hear Charlies views and efforts to overcome the Pakistani's who never could be trusted in the beginning and are doing everything they can today to support the middle-east terrorists following the Bin Laden cult, and of course to continue to be one of the 80 or so despot governments that now run the UN."
I loved it!
J. Bockius | Northern California, USA | 07/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had never heard of Charlie Wilson before. Back when all these events were taking place in the '80s I was busy having babies and (to my deterrment) ignored politics. No interest at all; blissfully ignorant. I did not bother seeing the move Charlie Wilson's War at the theater, and actually had never heard of it till it was nominated for some Oscar Awards. I was channel surfing one day and came across this documentary on the History channel. I watched it and was so uplifted by it that I had to see the Tom Hanks movie. Charlie Wilson is no saint, which he readily admits.

This is a wonderful American story and I think the documentary is even more entertaining than the movie. I haven't bought this DVD yet, but I think I will. It's excellent!"