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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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Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney
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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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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 »


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

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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, 16 September 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,587,519

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,357,216
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Dolby Digital

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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

While in Japan and Hawaii, many of the women in the military are seen wearing their hair in pony tails. This is not an authorized hairstyle for military women to have while in uniform. 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 Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) See more »

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Lay Me Down
Written by Peter Danzig, Kyle Luck, Christopher Danzig, and Jonathan Carr
Performed by Down and Outlaws
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Snowden was a Patriot
17 September 2016 | by rysmith25See all my reviews

I don't understand people that complain about this movie.

There is zero to complain about in this movie. You got to wonder if the low reviews are government paid employees or just Oliver Stone haters.

I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. I was mesmerized from the beginning of the film until the end. I honestly had no idea it ran two hours and 20 minutes. A movie is never too long if you don't look at your phone and check the time. Myself, nor did anyone in the theater once look down at their phone. The movie had great cinematography, excellent pacing, strong emotional dialogue, and solid character/relationship arcs. You can't ask for much more of a drama based on a true story. Excellent job Oliver. Welcome back!

The truth is people don't want to hear it. If it doesn't directly affect their cozy iPhone streaming lives, than they don't want to hear about it. They don't want to hear that they are wage slaves. They don't want to hear that there is no such thing as privacy in this country. They don't want to hear that the government isn't a democracy. People don't want to hear that the American government isn't a government at all, and that it's been replaced by a multi-national fortunate 100 corporate conglomeration funded by the international banking cartel. People don't want to know the truth.

I'd venture a guess that most of the people that rated this movie poorly didn't even see the movie. These are the same people that can't handle the truth. Open your eyes people. Don't be another corporate wage slave.


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