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The Falcon And The Snowman [DVD]

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  • Actors: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten, Rob Reed
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Writers: Robert Lindsey, Steven Zaillian
  • Producers: John Schlesinger, Edward Teets, Gabriel Katzka, John Daly, Michael Childers
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan. 2001
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050GQL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,631 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Schlesinger directs this American spy thriller starring Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn. In 1977, civilian defence contractor Christopher Boyce (Hutton) becomes disillusioned with the government following the Vietnam war and America's meddling in the internal affairs of Australia. Taking advantage of the lax security at his place of work, Boyce steals some sensitive documents and sells them to the Soviet Union, using his drug dealing friend Daulton Lee (Penn) as a courier. However, the duo's involvement with the KGB does not go unnoticed by the CIA, who determine to bring them to justice.

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'A clever, poignant spy film that avoids formulaic action in favour of human drama' --Film4

'A fresh and invigorating political thriller' --eFilmCritic.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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After a slow start this film has many tense moments, without the predictability of most movies.
The film has been well cast with Tim Hutton as a thoughtful and almost naive 'spy', which contradicts excellently with the character of his old school friend, a streetwise, fast talking and risk taking Sean Penn.
The script is sharp, with well timed silences, it leaves the viewer to wonder what will happen next and how far will they go.
With small doses of black humour and sensitivity, it makes this film a must for most those who like to view both sides of a politically tarnished coin.
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Some years after all this took place, I went to work at the same Company (and in the same Department) as Boyce (Hutton) and remember being told, when I started, that his name was never to be mentioned. I knew nothing of the story at the time, but curiosity got the better of me of course. I read the book in one weekend, as it was forbidden on the Company premises. I knew a lot of the real characters and my work took on a whole new meaning as a result. Anyone who has the vaguest interest in the foibles of espionage will find the book AND the movie utterly compelling. A true story bought to life and faithful to events. To know that it really happened will give you goosebumps and leave your neck hair tingling.
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I initially saw this movie over 10 years ago and really enjoyed it. Sean Penn's performance is excellent and the scenes inside the US espionage centre are hilarious. Viewing it again however I found Timothy Hutton's romantic sub plot a bore; it felt like it was added in at the behest of the studio.

The DVD picture quality is excellent.
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This is a movie of small pleasures. Released in 1985, and set in the late 1970s, it resists the temptation to be politically rhetorical and keeps the focus on characters who seem too dim (in one case) and immature (in the other) to be doing what they're doing. The opening credits set the scene: a montage of newsreel footage, all of which, with its focus on wars, scandals, and assassinations, reminds us of the reasons to be disaffected about politics by the late 1970s. In the very comfortable middle-class setting of the story, Chris Boyce (Timothy Hutton) seems to like spending time with is falcon more than he does thinking about his future, and he clearly is uneasy with his father's pulling strings to get him a start with a contractor that processes intelligence for the government. But he lacks the force of personality to stand up to his father, who works for the FBI, and goes along, while clearly resenting his father's power over him. The contractor's office is sloppily run, and Chris discovers just how much the US government is committed to interfering in the politics of other countries, like Australia. This gives Chris the reason he needs to stick it to the government, and by association his father, and think about selling information to the Russians.

His means of doing so is Daulton Lee (Sean Penn), his aimless, air-headed, drug-dealing best friend, who once was an altar boy with Chris and who, on hearing of Chris's disaffection with the government, offers to be the man who delivers the intelligence on Chris's behalf. He frequently travels to Mexico, and it's his idea just to walk into the Soviet Embassy and do what has to be done.
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I remember very few films and their names but this one I watched years ago and have never forgotten it. the memories of it have kept me on a vigil of it being shown on any film channel. I am longing to see it again. It covers experiences in Asia that should be a lesson to anyone tempted into drugs. Terrific and absolutly haunting story.
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Although the mid-1980s wasn't exactly a golden age for the movie industry it still threw up a number of minor classics, of which this is one. Penn and Hutton are well cast as the former altar boys turned spies, and the film never seeks to paint them as anything other than the greedy traitors that they were in real life. With a smart turn from the inimitable David Suchet as their Soviet handler and strong performances from Dorian Harewood as Hutton's angry colleague and Pat Hingle as his former CIA agent father, this is a little gem. Pat Metheney's soundtrack is also impressive and the haunting title track 'This is not America' sung by David Bowie captures the mood of the film perfectly.
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I saw this film when it was first released and it made an impression on me such that it's been in my top 20 ever since. It's not what you'd call a "mainstream" film, though it taps into our emotions, sensitivities, our concerns about drugs and espionnage and the paranoia of the USA. It's backdrop is the cold war but the (true) story is told from a refreshingly different perspective. The music suits the film perfectly - the CD is currently in my basket - and creates an engaging and haunting background . Favourite line, as said in a despairing tone by Sean Penn, "Oh that's right, 'get Karpov', whenever there's a problem it's always 'get Karpov'. Once seen, not forgotten. Highly recommended.
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