Snowden

Snowden

2016 biographical political thriller film by Oliver Stone
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Snowden

Snowden is a 2016 biographical thriller film directed by Oliver Stone and written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald. Based on the books The Snowden Files (2014) by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus (2015) by Anatoly Kucherena, the film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) subcontractor and whistleblower who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) beginning in 2013. In addition to Gordon-Levitt, the film features an ensemble cast including Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage. An international co-production of Germany, France, and the United States, principal photography began on February 16, 2015 in Munich.

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  • Moritz Borman
  • Eric Kopeloff
  • Philip Schulz-Deyle
  • Fernando Sulichin
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  • Kieran Fitzgerald
  • Oliver Stone
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Open Road Films (United States)
Universum Film (Germany)
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Release date
  • July 21, 2016 (2016-07-21) (San Diego Comic-Con)
  • September 16, 2016 (2016-09-16) (United States)
  • September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) (Germany)
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Running time
134 minutes
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  • France
  • Germany
  • United States
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English
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Budget
$40 million
Box office
$37.3 million

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  • In the scene where Snowden is hiking with Lindsay, you can see in the background the valley which appears in the TV series "Lost".
  • Edward Snowden's parents attended a screening of the film and praised Joseph for his portrayal of their son. The actor cited this encounter as the most meaningful encouragement he has ever received for a performance.
  • Anatoly Kucherena, credited as "Russian diplomat", is the actual Russian attorney of Edward Snowden who represented him in his political asylum claim.
  • The movie is based on the novel "Time of the Octopus" written by Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian attorney who took on the case of Edward Snowden and represented his interests in Russia. The novel is considered fictional but based on the interviews with Edward Snowden.
  • To make sure the screenplay was not hacked or leaked, Oliver Stone wrote the script on a single computer with no Internet connection.

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