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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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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 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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Storyline

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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Soldier Traitor Spy Hero Hacker Patriot See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Its performance during its opening weekend was the lowest opening of Oliver Stone's career for a film playing in over 2,000 theaters. See more »

Goofs

While on their first date, Lindsay accuses Snowden of lying about working with the Department of State due to his IP address being from Virginia. The Department of State has field offices all over the world, including Virginia. 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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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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The Veil
Written and Performed by Peter Gabriel
Mixed by Tchad Blake and recorded by Richard Chappell
Courtesy of Real World Productions Ltd.
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A compelling watch that left me wanting more and more.
8 August 2017 | by aarondeancallaghanSee all my reviews

Well, I'm surprised. When I went to watch 'Snowden' I cant say I was expecting much, I expected it to be average at most, boy was I wrong. From the very first scene I found myself glued to the screen with vast amounts of interesting information, facts and fantastic acting and story line all spilling out at once.

Some reviews I had read beforehand seemed to state that the title was a little slow moving in parts, I cannot say I agree at all. I think, personally, if you commit yourself to the film and set all electronics and distractions aside, which I do, then you will not be able to take your eyes of the screen. There is no unnecessary scenes as such, each one has reason behind it and valuable information to keep your interest for the entire two hour running time. Its hard to believe some of the software that the NSA, CIA etc have at their fingertips and its hard to believe that this movie is based of solid facts. Some scenes will leave you in shock, trust me on that one.

As for the acting? Oscar Worthy. I find the actors get into character very very well and all credit to the star of the show, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, he does a fantastic job playing Snowden.

To summarise, this was a fantastic movie, one of the best I have watched in a long time and I certainly recommend it to those who have interest in current affairs and politics etc. Now this doesn't mean its a 'strictly political film', because its not. There is a fine balance between politics, drama and pure thrillerness, excuse my made up word lol.

Whether or not you believe what Snowden done was Patriotic or whether you believe he is a traitor is entirely up to you. Me? Well I think the guy has a huge set of B***s to do what he done. But don't let your personal opinion get in the way of you watching this title, because trust me its worth watching. Enjoy!


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