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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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$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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After the Donovan household is shot up, a disgruntled police officer confronts James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) and says, "I was in the third wave on Omaha Beach." The also Steven Spielberg directed earlier movie Saving Private Ryan (1998), which also starred Tom Hanks, whose character, Captain Miller, landed on Omaha Beach. See more »

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During scenes placed in "Berlin" there are many ruined buildings, yet a new plastic windows can be seen in many town houses (first seen approximately 1:05:00/1:06:00, when Donovan crosses back yard and enters house). 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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Great Spy Thriller
11 April 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1957, during the Cold War, the insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is assigned by the Bar association to defend in court the Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), who was captured by the FBI. Donovan is successful and Rudolf is sentenced to life imprisonment instead of death penalty. Meanwhile the American pilot and spy Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) is arrested by the Soviet government while taking photos from a spy plane that crashed. The CIA summons Donovan to help in the negotiation to exchange the two spies. When Donovan learns that the American student Frederic Pryor (Will Rogers) was arrested in the border of East Berlin while trying to bring his German girlfriend to the West Berlin, he decides to include the student in the negotiation. However his proposal is not supported by the CIA that is interested in Powers only. Further, Powers is prisoner of the soviet government and Pryor is prisoner of the GDR (German Democratic Republic). Will Donovan succeed in his intent?

"Bridge of Spies" is a great spy thriller based on a true story in the period of the Cold War. The plot is engaging and the cinematography, costume design and art direction are amazing. It is unnecessary to comment the direction of Steven Spielberg and the performance of Tom Hanks, perfect as usual, but it is impressive the capacity of negotiation of James B. Donovan. This American lawyer is shown as an impressive negotiator, having cold blood to make tough decisions. The credits informs that Donovan has been also successful negotiating later in Cuba the release of prisoners. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ponte dos Espiões" ("Bridge of Spies")


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