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

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25 January 1985 (USA)  »

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$17,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

During the period this movie was being made and released, CIA agent Aldrich Ames was beginning to engage in his espionage activities, selling secrets to the Soviet Union. In 1998 these events would be dramatized in Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998), which also starred Timothy Hutton in the role of Aldrich Ames. See more »

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During the border crossing, a 1978-80 Buick Regal coupe is seen although the film took place between 1974-1977. See more »

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[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 Zeg 'ns Aaa: Goudeerlijk (1987) See more »

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YOU'RE SO VAIN
Written and performed by Carly Simon
Courtesy of Elektra Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Understated, but Affective
15 July 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The Falcon and the Snowman is the true story of two college-age rich kids from L.A. who become spies for the Soviet Union. One, played by Penn, is already a drug smuggler up to his eyeballs in trouble. The other, played by Hutton, lands a position at an aerospace firm where his job is to man a top-secret cable facility. There he learns of some of the dirty tricks employed by the CIA on foreigners that America doesn't like. Don't forget that the movie is set the early 70s, the time of Vietnam and Watergate. Appalled at what he's learned, the Hutton character decides to betray his country and convinces his buddy to join him. Neither of them is long on brains, it is not long before they're way in over their heads with no way out.

This is not a thriller, and is rather slowly paced. If this is not a problem for you, then it is well worth the rental.


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