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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Laura Poitras
... Glenn Greenwald
... Edward Snowden
... Drill Sergeant
... Dr. Stillwell
Rachel Handshaw ... CIA Polygraph Adminstrator
... CIA Psychologist
... CIA Interviewer
... Corbin O'Brian
... Warrenton Gate Guard (as Kenneth Thomas)
... Hank Forrester
... CIA Student
... Lindsay Mills
... Ewen MacAskill
... Janine Gibson
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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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The only safe place is on the run. See more »


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

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16 September 2016 (USA)  »

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The Snowden Files  »

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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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Anatoly Kucherena, credited as "Russian diplomat", is the actual Russian attorney of Edward Snowden who represented him in his political asylum claim. See more »

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Snowden uses a Rubik's cube to smuggle a microSD card out of a secure NSA facility. The cube he uses is a newer Rubik's tiled speed-cube, as evidenced by the small slots on the center caps. Snowden was employed by the NSA in 2013 and went to journalists in 2013; the model of cube he uses was not introduced until 2014. See more »

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[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 United 93 (2006) See more »

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Brandenburg Concerto # 3, 1st Movement
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach), Arr. Martin Gibson
Performed by Martin Gibson
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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I think it might be Oliver Stone's best film yet
10 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

I know he won best picture for platoon - which also was a serious endeavour - but its behind us.

Vietnam is over, Vietnam is done.

Snowden lives. Actually, Snowden escaped and survived.

He went to what might be the only place people can be protected from US government agencies. I would like to think all whistle blowers would have to do is cross into Canada but then Snowden would know. He was smart - he is smart.

I remember Bambi Bembenek. She blew a whistle too and made it to Canada. Poor thing.

This is a must see for all except those that don't care their protection set forth by the founders of the United States can be taken away by bullies, perhaps corrupted by limitless power of a new industrialized intelligence complex.

Masterful work by Oliver Stone.

Thanks for bringing it to Tiff.

Oliver, please ask for a theatre more appropriate for Q&A for Snowden 2.0


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