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The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

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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Mr. Charlie Boyce
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Rob Reed ...
Boyce Child
Rob Newell ...
Boyce Child
Karen West ...
Boyce Child
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Boyce Child (as Arturo Comacho)
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David Lee
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Gene
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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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drugs | soviet union | spy | cia | embassy | See All (52) »

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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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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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A Traição do Falcão  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,358,846, 27 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,100,000
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Trivia

One of seven espionage related filmed productions featuring actor David Suchet which were made and released around the mid 1980s. The titles include Gulag (1985), Trenchcoat (1983), Red Monarch (1983), A Song for Europe (1985), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), John le Carré's The Little Drummer Girl (1984), and an episode of Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983) [See: Reilly: Ace of Spies: Prelude to War (1983)]. See more »

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In the beginning of Falcon and The Snowman, Dalton (Sean Penn) is talking to his attorney in a conference room. During the conference, Dalton's attorney refers to him as "Sean" during a heated discussion. The attorney says, "Sean" in a stern, attention getting voice. See more »

Quotes

[on the Russians]
Christopher Boyce: They're just as paranoid and dangerous as we are. I don't know why I ever thought any differently.
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Connections

References Midnight Express (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

LOOKIN' FOR A LOVE
Written by J.W. Alexander and Zelda Samuels
Performed by J. Geils Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./ABKCO Music Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Magnificent Tale of Disillusionment and Betrayal
5 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

There is something about true stories that makes them so much more interesting than fiction. I guess it is the fact that truth has always been stranger than fiction. The Falcon and the Snowman tells the true story about Christopher Boyce and his buddy Daulton Lee. Boyce (Hutton) is a former alter boy and intellectual, trying to find an occupation that can support and entertain him. His FBI father is able to pull some strings and get his idealist son a job working in the defense department. Boyce has few responsibilities and seems to be complacent drinking and goofing around with his co-workers. However, as time goes on, Boyce starts to learn top secret information that causes him to doubt the morality of his government. The idealist Boyce soon sees the illegal operations that the CIA is carrying out in above all places, Australia. Boyce eventually decides that he will leak some of the top secret info he is privy to, to the KGB. Of course, Boyce's mistake is the assumption that because the USA is doing bad things, the USSR is the good guy. Over time, Boyce and his drug-dealing buddy Lee (Penn), start to sell their top secret information to the KGB. What was once idealism, turns into capitalism and espionage. The strength of this movie is the incredible performances by Hutton and Penn. Although one of them starts off with the best intentions, they will both soon find themselves in an unending downward spiral. Great direction, music, everything. Not only a great film, but one of my all-time favorites.


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