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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: A&E
  • Release Date: March 25 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
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  • ASIN: B000ZDQI9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,010 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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True Story Of Charlie Wilson ~ True Story Of Charlie Wilson

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa75e2450) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8569ff0) out of 5 stars Makes James Bond look like a third grader. May 4 2008
By Stephen Milovich - Published on
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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.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa856a218) out of 5 stars The real Charlie Wilson in his own words May 25 2008
By Jeedgr - Published on
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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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa856a47c) out of 5 stars Not As Interesting As The Movie, Not As Informative As The Book. July 4 2009
By Toriach - Published on
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My introduction to Charlie Wilson was through the movie starring Tom Hanks. This however got me interested enough to look for both the book and the History Channel documentary. The documentary while interesting dove tailed in some ways almost too closely with the movie. It is only after about the half way point that it goes into greater detail about what really happened, and even still it offers only a bare bones sketch compared to the book. While I do think the documentary is interesting and worthwhile, I would recommend it as a companion to the movie and book, as I do not think it is strong enough on its own merits.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa856a7ac) out of 5 stars I loved it! July 18 2008
By J. Bockius - Published on
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa856a9e0) out of 5 stars straightforward presentation... fascinating story... Nov. 19 2008
By W.Kim - Published on
I haven't yet seen "Charlie Wilson's War" but I am watching the HIstory Channel's "The Truth @ Charlie Wilson's War," which thankfully is free of the bombast that nearly spoils some History Channel documentaries. But then the presentation doesn't really need it. The real life Charlie Wilson's Afghanistan adventure makes for a wild story, complete with high class 'socialites' determining the fate of nations, party-boy politicians, drug use scandals, illegal arms smuggling operations, and the lives of millions on the line - at least the Afghans wanted Wilson's help (and that makes a big difference for me), and whatever has followed since, he definitely delivered, in his own unique way. There's nothing fancy about the storytelling here, but the story doesn't need the embellishment.