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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Charlie Boyce
Mrs. Boyce
Rob Reed ...
Boyce Child
Rob Newell ...
Boyce Child
Karen West ...
Boyce Child
Boyce Child (as Arturo Comacho)
Boyce Child
Dr. Lee
Mrs. Lee
David Lee
Mady Kaplan ...
Larry Rogers


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

drugs | soviet union | spy | cia | embassy | See All (51) »


They came from the best of families. And they committed the worst of crimes. [Australia Theatrical] See more »


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Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Traição do Falcão  »

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$17,100,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The full name of Daulton Lee (Sean Penn) was Andrew Daulton Lee. See more »


(at around 1 min) The scene where Chris walks into work and several close-ups are shown of incoming telex transmissions has some date discrepancies. The very first telex shown right before Chris walks in the door has a date stamp of March 2nd, 1976 while others in the scene say September 9th, 1974. Also the cipher card he pulls out of the binder that day is marked for September 1st, 1974. See more »


[Alex, a KGB agent, informs Christopher and Dalton that they are not patriots, but paid traitors]
Alex: The moment you accepted money, you became professionals. It's just beginning.
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Referenced in Knight Rider: The Wrong Crowd (1985) See more »


Written and performed by Carly Simon
Courtesy of Elektra Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Gripping, realistic account
17 March 1999 | by (West Frankfort, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This movie does an excellent job of taking us all the way through the dark tunnel of espionage, from the inception through the ultimate reckoning. The movie's impact is made even deeper with the realization that it is based on a true story. Timothy Hutton provides us with a quality, understated performance and Sean Penn demonstrates why he is one of America's finest living actors. As with "Midnight Express," this movie should make us all think twice about doing something we shouldn't be doing in a foreign country.

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