History Film / CharlieWilsonsWar

26th Apr '17 6:40:12 PM forgreatjustice
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-->'''Zvi:''' I love you Charlie, but you're still a little boy who hasn't learned to look both ways before ''crossing the fucking street''!

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-->'''Zvi:''' I love you, Charlie. But you Charlie, but you're are a ''grown man'', who still a little boy who hasn't learned to look both ways before ''crossing ''he crosses the fucking street''!
10th Feb '17 7:53:02 AM Eagal
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* FramingDevice -- we start and end some years after the main events of the film.

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* FramingDevice -- we FramingDevice: We start and end some years after the main events of the film.



* HiredForTheirLooks -- Charlie Wilson purposefully surrounded himself with [[SexySecretary Sexy Secretaries]], and hired them based on looks. His rule as paraphrased by one of said secretaries:

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* HiredForTheirLooks -- HiredForTheirLooks: Charlie Wilson purposefully surrounded himself with [[SexySecretary Sexy Secretaries]], and hired them based on looks. His rule as paraphrased by one of said secretaries:



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade -- depending on your politics. The real Charlie Wilson was not quite as liberal as the one in the film. (He didn't have to be -- the Soviets were also commies in RealLife, so it balances out.) May count as AuthorAppeal, as [[Creator/AaronSorkin the guy who wrote the screenplay]] is the guy who gave us ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' and ''Series/TheWestWing''.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade -- depending HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Depending on your politics. The real Charlie Wilson was not quite as liberal as the one in the film. (He didn't have to be -- the Soviets were also commies in RealLife, so it balances out.) May count as AuthorAppeal, as [[Creator/AaronSorkin the guy who wrote the screenplay]] is the guy who gave us ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' and ''Series/TheWestWing''.



* HowWeGotHere -- the movie opens with Charlie Wilson being handed a civilian award for his efforts with the Afghan war. The movie then explains why Charlie has a [[HeroicBSOD pained, bittersweet expression]] on his face...

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* HowWeGotHere -- HowWeGotHere: the movie opens with Charlie Wilson being handed a civilian award for his efforts with the Afghan war. The movie then explains why Charlie has a [[HeroicBSOD pained, bittersweet expression]] on his face...



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- Gust. He's blunt, rude and lacking in social skills. But he's competent, knows his stuff... and tries to warn Charlie at various points of the arming efforts that there could be painful consequences down the road.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gust. He's blunt, rude and lacking in social skills. But he's competent, knows his stuff... and tries to warn Charlie at various points of the arming efforts that there could be painful consequences down the road.



* SexySecretary -- Charlie was notorious for this in real life. His aides were referred to as "Charlie's Angels", a play on the television show of the same name. One of his secretaries explains it beautifully to a visitor: "Well... Congressman Wilson, he has an expression. He says, 'You can teach 'em to type, but you can't teach 'em to grow tits.'" Which was something the real Charlie Wilson said (to a reporter) who questioned him about his preference for hiring beautiful women as his aides. Aside that, the secretaries are very competent at their jobs. They're not just EyeCandy.

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* SexySecretary -- SexySecretary: Charlie was notorious for this in real life. His aides were referred to as "Charlie's Angels", a play on the television show of the same name. One of his secretaries explains it beautifully to a visitor: "Well... Congressman Wilson, he has an expression. He says, 'You can teach 'em to type, but you can't teach 'em to grow tits.'" Which was something the real Charlie Wilson said (to a reporter) who questioned him about his preference for hiring beautiful women as his aides. Aside that, the secretaries are very competent at their jobs. They're not just EyeCandy.
10th Feb '17 7:50:57 AM Eagal
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* TantrumThrowing / DramaticShattering: Gust breaking his CIA boss' window after he's denied the Helsinki assignment.

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* TantrumThrowing / DramaticShattering: TantrumThrowing: Gust breaking his CIA boss' window after he's denied the Helsinki assignment.



* WorkHardPlayHard -- Charlie Wilson's motto.

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* WorkHardPlayHard -- WorkHardPlayHard: Charlie Wilson's motto.
10th Feb '17 7:50:22 AM Eagal
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* BittersweetEnding: Charlie Wilson succeeds in getting the American government to arm Afghan rebels and drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. But when it comes time to rebuild the war-torn nation he can't raise one cent, allowing the extremist Taliban to take over Afghanistan. [[TheWarOnTerror And that all led to]]...

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* BittersweetEnding: Charlie Wilson succeeds in getting the American government to arm Afghan rebels and drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. But when it comes time to rebuild the war-torn nation he can't raise one cent, allowing the extremist Taliban to take over Afghanistan. [[TheWarOnTerror And that all led to]]...to the events surrounding UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror.
10th Feb '17 7:49:36 AM Eagal
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* InspiredBy

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* %%* InspiredBy
24th Dec '16 5:23:39 AM Gosicrystal
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* ByNoIMeanYes: As only befitting an Creator/AaronSorkin production.
-->'''Bonnie Bach:''' This is an ultra-right-wing group of anti-Communist fanatics.\\
'''Charlie Wilson:''' They're not ultra right-wing.\\
'''Bonnie:''' What are they?\\
'''Charlie:''' Well, they're... ultra right-wing.



* NoExceptYes: As only befitting an Creator/AaronSorkin production.
-->'''Bonnie Bach:''' This is an ultra-right-wing group of anti-Communist fanatics.\\
'''Charlie Wilson:''' They're not ultra right-wing.\\
'''Bonnie:''' What are they?\\
'''Charlie:''' Well, they're... ultra right-wing.
6th Aug '16 10:30:19 PM JackG
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Charlie Wilson succeeds in getting the American government to arm Afghan rebels and drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. But when it comes time to rebuild the war-torn nation he can't raise one cent, allowing the extremist Taliban to take over Afghanistan. [[TheWarOnTerror And that all led to]]...]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Charlie Wilson''': These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fucked up the end game.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Charlie Wilson succeeds in getting the American government to arm Afghan rebels and drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. But when it comes time to rebuild the war-torn nation he can't raise one cent, allowing the extremist Taliban to take over Afghanistan. [[TheWarOnTerror And that all led to]]...]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Charlie
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-->'''Charlie
Wilson''': These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fucked up the end game.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: An airliner can be heard flying overhead as Gust tries to warn Wilson about "the crazies rolling into Kandahar"]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: An airliner can be heard flying overhead as Gust tries to warn Wilson about "the crazies rolling into Kandahar"]].Kandahar".



* HarsherInHindsight: [[spoiler: Invoked, the movie makes a point about how [[WonTheWarLostThePeace neglecting the aftermath paves the way for a tyrannical regime.]] ]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Wilson:''' These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fucked up the endgame]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: [[spoiler: Invoked, the movie makes a point about how [[WonTheWarLostThePeace neglecting the aftermath paves the way for a tyrannical regime.]] ]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Wilson:'''
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-->'''Wilson:'''
These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fucked up the endgame]].endgame.



* HowWeGotHere -- the movie opens [[spoiler: with Charlie Wilson being handed a civilian award for his efforts with the Afghan war. The movie then explains why Charlie has a [[HeroicBSOD pained, bittersweet expression]] on his face...]]

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* HowWeGotHere -- the movie opens [[spoiler: with Charlie Wilson being handed a civilian award for his efforts with the Afghan war. The movie then explains why Charlie has a [[HeroicBSOD pained, bittersweet expression]] on his face...]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- Gust. He's blunt, rude and lacking in social skills. But he's competent, knows his stuff... [[spoiler: and tries to warn Charlie at various points of the arming efforts that there could be painful consequences down the road]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- Gust. He's blunt, rude and lacking in social skills. But he's competent, knows his stuff... [[spoiler: and tries to warn Charlie at various points of the arming efforts that there could be painful consequences down the road]].road.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Subverted. It's not Charlie's fault that Afghanistan slides into Taliban control: he's seen trying to get his fellow congressmen to send more rebuilding aid and failing. It leads to Charlie's unhappy grimace at the award ceremony that the movie both opens and closes on. In RealLife, Charlie Wilson remained worried that his actions unintentionally contributed to TheWarOnTerror, and said that every time an airliner went down, he would be afraid that one of the Stingers they gave the Afghans would be responsible.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Subverted. It's not Charlie's fault that Afghanistan slides into Taliban control: he's seen trying to get his fellow congressmen to send more rebuilding aid and failing. It leads to Charlie's unhappy grimace at the award ceremony that the movie both opens and closes on. In RealLife, Charlie Wilson remained worried that his actions unintentionally contributed to TheWarOnTerror, and said that every time an airliner went down, he would be afraid that one of the Stingers they gave the Afghans would be responsible.]]



* OnlySaneMan: Gust has a sailor mouth, but he understands the world a lot better than most people, and knows that behind the celebration of the Soviet withdrawal, [[spoiler: new problems could very well emerge, and urges Charlie to resolve them]].

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* OnlySaneMan: Gust has a sailor mouth, but he understands the world a lot better than most people, and knows that behind the celebration of the Soviet withdrawal, [[spoiler: new problems could very well emerge, and urges Charlie to resolve them]].them.
6th Aug '16 10:26:33 PM JackG
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Vickers warns Wilson there's no 'magic bullet' weapon to throwing the Soviets out; the key is to equip the muj with a mix of weapons that will prevent the Soviet pilots from evolving tactics to overcome them. As it turns out the Stinger is a lot more effective than anyone realises.


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* BoringButPractical: Vickers warns Wilson there's no [[AwesomeButImpractical 'magic bullet' weapon]] to throwing the Soviets out; the key is to equip the muj with a mix of weapons that will prevent the Soviet pilots from evolving tactics to overcome them. As it turns out the Stinger is a lot more effective than anyone realises.
18th Jul '16 11:18:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed No Politicians Were Harmed]]: Few names were changed, although Amy Adams' character is a composite of several of Rep. Wilson's RealLife aides.
18th Jul '16 11:17:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Hedonism]]: Charlie's scandalous lifestyle distracts media attention from his fund-raising and lobbying for the war.
-->'''Gust: '''As long as the press sees sex and drugs behind the left hand, you can park a battle carrier behind the right hand.
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