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Snowden (2016)

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The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

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Oliver Stone

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Kieran Fitzgerald (screenplay by), Oliver Stone (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Leo ... Laura Poitras
Zachary Quinto ... Glenn Greenwald
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Edward Snowden
Jaymes Butler ... Drill Sergeant
Robert Firth ... Dr. Stillwell
Rachel Handshaw ... CIA Polygraph Adminstrator
Christian Contreras ... CIA Psychologist
Parker Sawyers ... CIA Interviewer
Rhys Ifans ... Corbin O'Brian
Ken Thomas ... Warrenton Gate Guard (as Kenneth Thomas)
Nicolas Cage ... Hank Forrester
Michael Benz ... CIA Student
Shailene Woodley ... Lindsay Mills
Tom Wilkinson ... Ewen MacAskill
Joely Richardson ... Janine Gibson
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Storyline

SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Written by Open Road Films

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The only safe place is on the run. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Germany | USA | UK

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snowden Files See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,000,058, 18 September 2016

Gross USA:

$21,587,519

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,279,439
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gregg Araki recommended Shailene Woodley to Oliver Stone for the role of Lindsay Mills when he learned that Stone was looking to cast someone opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While filming White Bird in A Blizzard, Arriki said that she resembled Gordon-Levitt in several ways (both were child actors, do not starve in paychecks, chose their projects carefully and approach cinema in a creative pure way) that Araki vowed to cast or recommend her to other filmmakers if there is a project that can pair both actors together. See more »

Goofs

In Hawaii, when Snowden and Lindsay talk outside the house, while she says "this is the last time I'm helping you' her fingers swap from bent around her cheeks, to flat on the face depending on the angle focusing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Glenn Greenwald: [sitting under a big green balloon alligator] So?
Laura Poitras: This is the only alligator.
Glenn Greenwald: Four minutes past. We walk in one minute. He was clear on that.
Laura Poitras: He's coming.
Glenn Greenwald: No, he is too young to have that kind of access.
Glenn Greenwald: [to Snowden as he walks up] Uh, what time does the restaurant open?
Edward Snowden: Noon. But the food is a bit too spicy. This way...
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Connections

References V for Vendetta (2005) See more »

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Mayday
Written by Boys Noize (as Alexander Ridha)
Performed by Boys Noize
Courtesy of Boysnoize Rec. GmbH
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Outstanding character building by Joseph Gordon-Levitt - even a bigger fan now!
26 February 2017 | by AnaslairSee all my reviews

I went to watch Snowden with someone who was extremely well informed about the subject while I sadly wasn't and while we had extremely different perspectives going into it, I believe it is safe to say both thought the movie was pretty darn awesome. From the former point of view, it appears some important things were left out, while I kept getting stuck on stuff like how does a guy who did not even finish high school and obviously really wants to make it in Special Forces turn out to be such a genius, only being self-taught.

The fact is the story enthralled me. Even if some things felt cheesy, especially the abuse of light surrounding the main character in key moments, the fact is due to such a strong issue and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's stellar performance (queue choir of angels – yes, I am biased towards this guy, sue me), this was indeed a memorable experience.

I mean, that guy obviously did such a brilliant character study. I cannot get past how he placed his voice. The facial expressions and ticks, the way he held himself, a lovely mixture of a fragile and strong young man with principles literally held me at the edge of my seat sometimes – I had to keep reminding myself to sit back.

Some things did throw me off besides what I mentioned above, such as the way he got the information out (the entire process just seemed oversimplified) – and really every single time he expressed his obviously dangerous points of view.

However, I had a terrific time watching this and I highly recommend it. Makes me want to watch the documentary, to find out what really happened and what is just in the movie.


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