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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

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Mr. Charlie Boyce
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Mrs. Boyce
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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Boyce Child
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Dr. Lee
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Mrs. Lee
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David Lee
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Gene
Mady Kaplan ...
Laurie
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Larry Rogers
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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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drugs | soviet union | spy | cia | embassy | See All (52) »

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They came from the best of families...and now they're the two most dangerous political criminals in the world! [Australia Video] See more »


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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Traição do Falcão  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,358,846 (USA) (27 January 1985)

Gross:

$17,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Around 17 minutes into the film, Christopher signs for a folder of top secret material. The two signature lines above his show signature dates of 1984, even though this scene takes place over ten years earlier. 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

Referenced in Big Time Rush: Big Time Bad Boy (2010) See more »

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THE BAT
Courtesy of ECM Records
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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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