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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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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 <dhartung@mcs.com>

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They came from the best of families...They became the two most dangerous political criminals in the world. [Australia Video] See more »


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Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Traição do Falcão  »

Box Office


$17,100,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Debut produced screenplay of scriptwriter Steven Zaillian. 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 »


[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 The Simpsons: The Falcon and the D'Ohman (2011) See more »


Written by Tom Johnston
Performed by The Doobie Brothers (as Doobie Brothers)
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Drugs and politics make poor bedfellows
29 March 2002 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Excellent drama about 2 alienated, spoiled punks who go afoul of the federal government, each for his own reasons. One, a druggie, just wants to score some bucks for his next fix, but the other has a far more sinister agenda fueled in part by a resentment of his father. Good performances and a hot script makes this a winner.

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