- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 29, 2008
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: A&E Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
The 2007 feature film CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR is a dramatic retelling of the pivotal event that came to define the hard-living congressman's life. This documentary from the History Channel takes another look at Wilson's career, with a particular focus on his alliance with CIA Agent Gust Avrakotos. Wilson and Avrakotos covertly provided arms to the Afghan Mujahideen as the war with the Soviets tore Afghanistan apart during the early 1980s. THE TRUE STORY OF CHARLIE WILSON examines these incredible actions, and also takes a look at how Wilson's activities inadvertently came back to haunt America as the very weapons he supplied were turned against the U.S. following the events of 9/11.
Description by New Video Group:
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 and most successful campaign in CIA history.
THE TRUE STORY OF CHARLIE WILSON profiles this unorthodox alliance, and chronicles the epic journey the two men undertook to guarantee the success of their "freedom fighters." Now, THE HISTORY CHANNEL examines the unforeseen and far-reaching effects of the CIA's efforts to assist the Afghan rebels in the fight against the Soviet Union--namely, the Afghan uprising against the West. Revealing the full story behind the Hollywood blockbuster "Charlie Wilson's War," THE TRUE STORY OF CHARLIE WILSON penetrates the inner-workings of the CIA to uncover the men and the designs that have returned to haunt America today.