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The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

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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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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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A true story of friendship and espionage [UK Video] See more »


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25 January 1985 (USA)  »

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$17,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

After Andrew Lee's parole in 1998, Sean Penn hired him as a personal assistant. See more »

Goofs

The buttons of a cipher lock pressed by Boyce make DTMF (telephone touch-tone) sounds, but in reality they only click when pressed. See more »

Quotes

Daulton Lee: How many guys do you know who's best friend is also their priest?
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Referenced in Knight Rider: The Wrong Crowd (1985) 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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