The film follows Edward Snowden, an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to The Guardian in June 2013. Among other things, the classified information revealed extensive illegal cyber-snooping on millions and millions of unsuspecting American citizens which was unknown to even Congress at the time.
Factual Mistake Despite being portrayed as an extremely skilled hacker, Snowden uses drag-and-drop to copy the files to his microSD card in the Hawaii NSA base, exposing himself to being found, a hacker, would have used the command line, and would have minimized the window so it wouldn't stay visible on the screen.
Miscellaneous When Snowden throws his credentials on the bed to prove the journalist who he is, their position changes between shots.
Miscellaneous When Corbin writes FISA on the board, the text changes between shots, with the circle surrounding it.
Continuity When Snowden leaves his hotel room for the last time a cellphone can be seen inside the microwave oven.
Due to fear of interference by the National Security Agency, Stone decided to shoot the film mostly outside of the United States.
Timothy Olyphant and Zachary Quinto have previously starred in both the Hitman movies.
Melissa Leo plays the role of Laura Poitras, the director of the critically acclaimed documentary Citizenfour, which chronicles the aftermath and effects of Edward Snowden's actions
Tom Wilkinson has previously played Joseph P. Kennedy in The Kennedys
'Snowden' is Oliver Stone's first directed film in 4 years since 'Savages'.
Margot Robbie was offered the role of Lindsay Mills, but she was unable to take it due to scheduling conflict.
Shailene Woodley had learned how to pole dance for her role as Lindsay Mills
Nicolas Cage had previously played the lead in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center.
Oliver Stone visited the real Snowden after filming wrapped and showed him a work-in-progress cut of the film.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first day of shooting was Snowden's basic training in the Army.
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