It tells you all you need to know about the titular Democratic Texan congressman Tom Hanks who, unbeknownst to many, apparently helped engineer the fall of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan by championing ways to covertly fund the Afghani rebels' operation in the early '80s. While Charlie Wilson's War manages to make intricate Capitol Hill and international relations maneuverings fun, it's a little too wonky to fully connect with mainstream audiences. When the big Washington power players turn a blind eye to the Soviet invasion, Republican socialite Joanne Herring gives Wilson the means to bolster the defences of the Mujahideen. Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled released that contain additional content, which we did not review. Fear mongering makes for messy situations. His indignation at the plight of refugees, brutally displaced by the Soviets in the 80s, is matched only by his lust for women and booze. Those flaws aside, Charlie Wilson's War boasts an impressive arsenal of wit, sophistication and scathing political commentary. Still, in today's political landscape, there's no denying that Charlie Wilson's War has resonance. Initially that involves a little "undercover" work on her part done with subtlety and elegance by Julia Roberts but Wilson continues this secret crusade after witnessing the devastation on the ground. As the movie opens, Wilson is sitting in a hot tub drinking booze, surrounded by a bevy of naked, busty women and some ogling men. And despite his playboy lifestyle, Wilson does come across as a little too saintly - any sense of vanity and good old Texan gung-hoism is toned down. Charlie Wilson is a bold role that demands a bold actor, and Hanks admirably rises to the occasion, aided by Aaron Sorkin's intelligent script and Mike Nichols ' breezy direction.