The Falcon and the Snowman

TitleThe Falcon and the Snowman
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsSchlesinger, John
Running Time2h 11min
Date Released01/25/1985
DistributorOrion Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Based on the 1979 book, The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage by Robert Lindsey, this film relays the true story of two young American men, Christopher Boyce (1953-) and Andrew Daulton Lee (1952-), who sold US security secrets to the Soviet Union. After his father (Pat Hingle) finds him a job at the CIA, Boyce (Timothy Hutton) discovers the less reputable side of the American government through handling classified documents. As he grows increasingly disillusioned, Boyce decides to sell the information to the Russians in an act of defiance. A drug-addicted friend of Boyce's, Daulton Lee (Sean Penn), becomes involved in the plot and acts as a middleman between Boyce and the Soviets, but the erratic Lee fails to cover his tracks.

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