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Bridge of Spies (2015)

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During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

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In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. Written by Gusde

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In a world on the brink the difference between war and peace was one honest man. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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16 October 2015 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,371,203 (USA) (16 October 2015)

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$72,306,065 (USA) (4 March 2016)
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Tom Hanks' character James B. Donovan makes a clumsy but valiant attempt to speak German in the movie. In reality, Hanks has some German ancestry on his father's side of the family. See more »

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When the U2 is plummeting down, the sound used is of a propeller driven plane about to crash. The U2 (TR-1) is jet aircraft. See more »

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Rudolf Abel: [to FBI agents finding him in his underwear] Visitors... Do you mind if I fetch my teeth?
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Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Phil Silvers
Performed by The Bill Watrous Quartet
Courtesy of GHB Jazz Foundation
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Legal/historical drama, not action
18 October 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the title. Make sure you know what you're getting yourself into when you watch this film. Bridge of Spies is literally about the Cold War Bridge of Spies, where Soviet/US spies were exchanged through negotiations. This is nothing like "The Americans" (FX TV drama - for some high unrealistic and over-sexualized espionage action - redirect here) and the most action-packed scene you will see is Francis Gary Powers getting shot out of his U2 plane during his mission.

Bridge of Spies is really a historical/legal drama. And based on my preliminary research, they seem to be getting most of their facts right. Obviously a little bit embellished for Hollywood's sake, Bridge of Spies does a fine job as a historical docudrama. There is a lot of talking, but it's meaningful talking. At times, the film can be a little slow {opening scene, especially}, but give it a chance and you might enjoy it. History buffs like myself will definitely enjoy it. But thrill-seekers, you're better off to see the new James Bond movie instead.


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