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8 February 1985 (USA) See more »
They were best friends from the best of families. Then they committed a crime against their country and became the two most wanted men in America. [USA theatrical] See more »
The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Magnificent Tale of Disillusionment and Betrayal See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Hutton ... Christopher Boyce

Sean Penn ... Daulton Lee

Pat Hingle ... Mr. Charlie Boyce

Joyce Van Patten ... Mrs. Boyce
Rob Reed ... Boyce Child
Rob Newell ... Boyce Child
Karen West ... Boyce Child

Art Camacho ... Boyce Child (as Arturo Comacho)

Annie Kozuch ... Boyce Child

Richard Dysart ... Dr. Lee

Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Lee

Chris Makepeace ... David Lee

Dorian Harewood ... Gene
Mady Kaplan ... Laurie

Macon McCalman ... Larry Rogers

Jerry Hardin ... Tony Owens

Nicholas Pryor ... Eddie
Betty Lou Henson ... Debra
Stanley Grover ... NSA Inspector
Bob Arbogast ... Guard

David Suchet ... Alex
Boris Leskin ... Mikhael
George C. Grant ... Karpov
Anatoli Davydov ... Guard (as Anatoly Davidov)

Lori Singer ... Lana

Jennifer Runyon ... Carole

Daniel McDonald ... Clay (as Dan McDonald)
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Ike (as Marvin McIntyre)

Sam Ingraffia ... Kenny Kahn
Tom Nolan ... Undercover Cop
James Hardie ... Police Interrogator

Burke Byrnes ... U.S. Customs Official

Vic Polizos ... FBI Interrogator

Drew Snyder ... FBI Interrogator

Michael Ironside ... FBI Agent
Bob Nelson ... FBI Agent
Arthur Taxier ... FBI Agent
Philip Corey ... PAN AM Clerk
Martha Campos ... Carmen
Herbie Wallace ... Pet Shop Owner
Steven Miller ... Newscaster
Jeff Seyfried ... Pool Man
Steve Duffy ... Barman
Carlos Romano ... Insp. Estevez

Valerie Wildman ... U.S. Embassy Official
George Belanger ... U.S. Vice Consul
Leopoldo Francés ... Nigerian Diplomat
Abel Franco ... Interrogator
Raúl Martínez ... Mexican Police Sergeant

Guillermo Ríos ... Drug Dealer
Jaime Garza ... Raul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Cudney ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Masur ... Bartender (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Ratzenberger ... Detective (uncredited)
John Sabol ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
Writing credits
Robert Lindsey (book)

Steven Zaillian 

Produced by
Michael Childers .... associate producer
John Daly .... executive producer
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
John Schlesinger .... producer
Edward Teets .... co-producer
Original Music by
Lyle Mays 
Pat Metheny 
Cinematography by
Allen Daviau 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
James D. Bissell 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna  (as Linda De Scenna)
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Bertha Chiu .... hair stylist
Ester Oropeza .... makeup artist: Mexico
Production Management
Luis Bekris .... production manager: Mexico
David Middlemas .... post-production supervisor
Edward Teets .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Javier Carreño .... assistant director: Mexico
Michael Childers .... second unit director
Patrick Crowley .... first assistant director
Jesús Marín .... assistant director: Mexico
Art Department
Agustín Ituarte .... art director: Mexico (as Agustín Ytuarte)
Adalberto López .... set dresser
Antonio Mata .... property master
Ric McElvin .... lead man
Charles Stewart .... set dresser (as Chuck Stewart)
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as Jim Teegarden)
Sound Department
Rene Borisewitz .... sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Tony Message .... foley editor
Jorge Palomino .... assistant boom operator
John Poyner .... adr editor
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound editor
David Sutton .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Jesus G. Duran .... special effects (as Jesus Duran Sr.)
Visual Effects by
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Greg Brickman .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunt coordinator (as Gilbert Combs)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Justin De Rosa .... stunts
Laura Harris .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Cirillo .... camera operator: falcon unit
Eric Engler .... first assistant camera
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Mariano Garcia .... gaffer: Mexico
Pat Kirkwood .... chief lighting technician
Adolfo Lara .... head electrician
David F. Oyster .... camera operator: falcon unit
Graciano Perez .... key grip
Antonio Ramírez 'Puma' .... dolly grip (as Antonio Ramirez)
Leobardo Sánchez .... second camera operator
John Toll .... camera operator
Casting Department
Laura Kennedy .... casting assistant
Deborah Lucchesi .... additional casting (as Debbie Lucchesi)
Pablo Palomino .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonio Cortés .... wardrobe
Michael Dennison .... costumer
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Nick Barnard .... assistant editor
Roy Birchley .... first assistant editor
Richard Fettes .... assistant editor
Jim Howe .... assistant editor
James C. Johnson .... assistant editor
Simon Manley .... assistant editor
Sergio Ortega .... assistant editor
Adrian Trent .... assistant editor
Jonathan Lucas .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Richard Vane .... location manager
Music Department
Vance Anderson .... music production assistant
Marcellus Frank .... music mixer
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Pat Metheny .... music performed by
Steve Rodby .... conductor
Eric Tomlinson .... orchestra music mixer
Lyle Mays .... music arranger (uncredited)
Lyle Mays .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Pat Metheny .... music arranger (uncredited)
Pat Metheny .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Charles Enzen .... transportation captain
Kelly Aldrich .... driver: John Schlesinger (uncredited)
Other crew
Emilia Arau .... assistant to publicist
Michael Crane .... laboratory consultant (as Michael Q. Crane)
Steve Cunningham .... production assistant
Anatoli Davydov .... Russian advisor (as Anatoly Davidov)
Steve Duffy .... falconer
Emily Gamboa .... production coordinator: Mexico
Elizabeth Goldsmith .... intern
Vince Heileson .... production accountant
Gabriel Katzka .... presenter
Jorge Mancilla .... police traffic control: Mexico
Lou McClary .... police technical advisor
Patt McCurdy .... production coordinator
Katherine Ann Moore .... unit publicist (as Katherine Moore)
John Moran .... falconer
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Robi Reed .... production assistant
Anna Roth .... assistant: Edward Teets
Steven Schachter .... assistant: Mr. Schlesinger (as Steve Schachter)
Crew verified as complete

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131 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn are exactly 1 day apart in birthdays. Hutton was born Aug. 16, 1960. Penn was born Aug. 17, 1960.See more »
Anachronisms: During the border crossing, a 1978-80 Buick Regal coupe is seen although the film took place between 1974-1977. Numerous early 1980s automobiles are seen in Mexico City.See more »
[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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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Magnificent Tale of Disillusionment and Betrayal, 5 April 2005
Author: Mr_Vai from Eden

There is something about true stories that makes them so much more interesting than fiction. I guess it is the fact that truth has always been stranger than fiction. The Falcon and the Snowman tells the true story about Christopher Boyce and his buddy Daulton Lee. Boyce (Hutton) is a former alter boy and intellectual, trying to find an occupation that can support and entertain him. His FBI father is able to pull some strings and get his idealist son a job working in the defense department. Boyce has few responsibilities and seems to be complacent drinking and goofing around with his co-workers. However, as time goes on, Boyce starts to learn top secret information that causes him to doubt the morality of his government. The idealist Boyce soon sees the illegal operations that the CIA is carrying out in above all places, Australia. Boyce eventually decides that he will leak some of the top secret info he is privy to, to the KGB. Of course, Boyce's mistake is the assumption that because the USA is doing bad things, the USSR is the good guy. Over time, Boyce and his drug-dealing buddy Lee (Penn), start to sell their top secret information to the KGB. What was once idealism, turns into capitalism and espionage. The strength of this movie is the incredible performances by Hutton and Penn. Although one of them starts off with the best intentions, they will both soon find themselves in an unending downward spiral. Great direction, music, everything. Not only a great film, but one of my all-time favorites.

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