The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) - Biography, Crime, Drama

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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.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn
Length: 131 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 56 found boring (5.35%)

One-line Reviews (33)

Entertaining melodrama .

Certainly worth watching.

absorbing .

There is no eye candy to speak of, but the story is so compelling and the acting so superb that (hopefully) most people wouldn't miss it.

Based on the true story of two young Americans who sold national secrets to the Soviet Union in the height of the Cold War, "Falcon And The Snowman" wants to be both suspenseful and philosophical, and winds up falling short in both departments.

Fine acting makes for an enjoyable movie .

--The story is fascinating, and of course, as one based on actual events, it has some added kick.

A compelling story about one of the stranger treasonous episodes in US history.

But now, revisiting it as an adult, well, it has espionage, it has treason, it has cocaine, and it has Sean Penn, and it's boring.

The film, directed by John Schlesinger, moves a little slowly but is very suspenseful and filled with atmosphere - the dank office, Mexico City, the Russian consulate, and the expensive family homes, As a piece of trivia, Daulton Lee, who is played by Penn, was released from prison in 1988 and was hired by Sean Penn as his personal assistant.

This fascinating story takes place around the time of the Whitlam Dismissal, in which during his time as a clerk for TRW, Christopher was privy to classified correspondence which admitted the CIA's involvement in Australian political and union circles.

It features very competent acting from both Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn as the two leads respectively, but lacks any real degree of suspense and the outcome always seems very predictable from the moment the duo, choose (for different reasons) to adopt the path they willingly do.

The ending, however, is tense, stunning and effective.

Fascinating true-life tale stars Timothy Hutton as Christopher Boyce, a government employee in charge of guarding sensitive documents, who becomes disillusioned and decides to sell those documents to the Soviets.

It's just really very dull from start to finish and never seems to build up the tension and suspense that make spy movies so fun to watch.

The film has a faded look, as one watches it today, but still, it is interesting because of the intense performances of the two principals.

This is not a thriller, and is rather slowly paced.

It was an OK movie, kinda dull but worth watching.

The movie is a complicated exploration of some important issues and comes close to being gripping.

There has to be a more compelling character in there.

It's not a great movie by any way , because it's too shallow and one sided drama , yet it's entertaining enough to give it a chance.

Well directed, and intense in parts, especially where the protagonists become immensely in over their heads in the spy game.

Absorbing and first rate thanks to director John Schlesinger.

There's always something enjoyable about a story, be it novel or movie or whatever, simply by the fact that it's real makes the story all the more fascinating.

Engrossing drama made all the more interesting because it's a true story.

this moving was intriguing and absorbing; however, the story was a little choppy and hard to follow at times.

It's also a story of middle-class American boredom and anomi, not unlike "The Graduate," "River's Edge," and a dozen other movies, including documentaries like PBS's "Family.

Excellent performances by the understated Hutton and by Penn, who has been playing men on the edge since he was fourteen, nearly 40 years ago now, and doing them extremely well.

He was able to make an cliché character real.

Well directed by John Schlesinger, and solid acting from the two leads, film is a quite interesting and compelling look at the foolish choices these two men make(and why), which makes them traitors.

David Suchet as the Russian embassy official who deals with Lee makes for a fascinating blend of menace and amiability.

Well worth watching.

Gripping, realistic account .