"Charlie Wilson's War" touches on the late U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson's efforts to successfully raise millions of dollars to help the Afghan mujahideen defeat military members of the former Soviet Union. The film portrays that Wilson's intentions were noble. However, the drawback is that some of those same men that were given weapons to defeat the Russians during the 1980's are now part of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Some of them are also now some of the same men that Western troops in Afghanistan have to contend with. There is controversy that Osama Bin Laden may have been one of the "freedom fighters" during the 1980's. Regardless of whether you feel that it was a good idea for a gifted U.S. politician to help arm the mujahideen, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts do a good job in the roles of Charlie Wilson and the sophisticated and wealthy Joanne Herring.