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The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  25 January 1985 (USA)
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The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

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Storyline

The true story of Christopher Boyce, a young All-American man whose job as a guard for sensitive documents shatters his faith in his country and leads him to a sometimes comic, sometimes chilling sideline as a spy for the Soviets, aided by his scruffy buddy, Daulton; it can't last, though, and the consequences are tremendous for Boyce and his family. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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They were best friends from the best of families. Then they committed a crime against their country and became the two most wanted men in America. [USA theatrical] See more »


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A Traição do Falcão  »

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$17,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The film gained some recognition when it aired on HBO, and was interrupted by "Captain Midnight" in one of the most famous TV hijackings in history. (See above for details.) See more »

Goofs

At the border crossing, "Snowman's" Mustang has the license plate "213-IMW" but on the computer terminal in the field marked "plate number" the U.S. border guard enters "NRQ410" (echoed back on the screen as "NNRRQQ441100") which is clearly the wrong plate. NRQ could stand for "NARCOTICS" as sort of an in joke by the producers. See more »

Quotes

[to his politically conservative father, while watching the Watergate hearings]
Christopher Boyce: Can't you admit that just once, I was right about something?
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Referenced in Bully (2001) See more »

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CHINA GROVE
Written by Tom Johnston
Performed by The Doobie Brothers (as Doobie Brothers)
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Dark, disturbing, and outstanding
7 December 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

For the 1980s, this is a very dark movie. At this point, filmmakers were beginning to operate under the assumption that all films require smarmy comic relief (which, of course, is taken to the extreme today), flashy action scenes (even more overdone today), or steamy sex scenes.

Hutton and Penn are stupendous in their roles as childhood friends turned Soviet spies. Penn in particular is brilliant as hapless drug dealer Daulton Lee.

What you have here is a true thriller/drama. There is no eye candy to speak of, but the story is so compelling and the acting so superb that (hopefully) most people wouldn't miss it. There are a couple amusing scenes, in particular the one where Penn tries to get his Soviet benefactors involved in a major drugrunning deal.

Well worth watching.


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