I was there. (TRW)
In the movie, "The Falcon and the Snowman", when they were showing
Christopher Boyce around the complex, the satellite in the background
was the actual Ryholite satellite that is now in space. TRW allowed
interior shots. TRW also allowed both interior and exterior shots for
one of the original Star Trek TV series. (The episode is the one where
Spock goes blind when a string of satellite lights are activated to
kill the aliens). Christopher escaped jail (Lompock) and was featured
on America's Most Wanted. He was drinking in a bar when the show aired.
He said, "Hey, that's me". Needless to say, he was captured and
transfered to a maximum security jail..
Alter Boys to Hoods
Disillusioned with Nixon, Vietnam, Watergate, and Australia (huh?),
alter boys Timothy Hutton (as Christopher Boyce) and Sean Penn (as
Andrew Daulton Lee) become professional criminals, after growing up
wealthy in sunny southern California. Pet "Falcon" owner Mr. Hutton
abandons plans to become a priest, "and the Snowman" Mr. Penn switches
from snorting cocaine to heroin; together, they sell CIA secrets to the
KGB. Alas, the lads learn spying is a very dangerous business
Despite being based on a true story, and featuring admirable
performances, "The Falcon and the Snowman" doesn't get very high.
Hutton and Penn do not really seem to be close friends, although we are
told so; and their relationships with others - like both sets of
family, and Lori Singer (as Lana) - ring strangely untrue. Only Russian
contact David Suchet (as Alex) seems truly genuine. Simply, the script
is too mysterious with motivation, and opportunities to blend
characterizations are missed.
****** The Falcon and the Snowman (1/25/85) John Schlesinger ~ Timothy
Hutton, Sean Penn, David Suchet, Lori Singer.