The Falcon and the Snowman
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

Offering a relatively objective look at an explosive issue, Falcon and the Snowman is a powerful fact-based drama about two Southern California boyhood friends who, even though they are comfortably wealthy, decide to sell government secrets… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 25, 1985
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Peachment
Time Out

Hutton succumbs firstly to a thin role, and secondly to the film's lack of any strong viewpoint about its leading men. As usual Schlesinger is more than half in love with what he might be satirising.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though Penn and Hutton perform admirably, the film fails to be interesting.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A smart, nuanced spy thriller that's all about the gray areas.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

A very curious though effective entertainment, a scathing social satire in the form of an outrageously clumsy spy story told with a completely straight face.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An exercise in vagueness.


A clever, poignant spy film that avoids formulaic action in favour of human drama. Both leading characters are carefully drawn and it's down to skilful performances that their plight grows increasingly absorbing.

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Nick Rogers

It's a watchable, likely accurate recitation of facts, with two outstanding performances. But in the case of the Falcon and the Snowman, the truth we don't see onscreen may be stranger, and stronger, than the historical fiction that has been created.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

intriguing but a bit dry

Scott Weinberg

Fresh and invigorating political thriller.

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Alex roy
The Falcon and the snowman is fairly good thriller. The story surrounds two friends who sell U.S government secrets to the Soviet Union. The Falcon and the… More
Mike T.
Badly dated, but still a mostly solid political thriller with sure-handed direction by John Schlesinger. Zaillian's screenplay isn't perfect, but it… More
Richard Franzen
This movie looks and "feels" outdated, really "80ish". At times I felt like I was watching a TV show from that era. That aside, the story is… More