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Kristin Scott Thomas
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
Graphic designer Annie Atkins had worked on The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) in making prop calendars, after which people pointed out that the dates on the calendars did not fall on the historically correct days of the week. Determined not to make the same mistake again, she did extensive research for this film to make sure that all the dates displayed on prop newspapers had the historically correct day of the week on them as well. Unfortunately, the design team finally decided to leave out all dates on newspapers in order to avoid continuity errors. See more »
When Pryor is crossing the Berlin Wall he is first seen with a Zeiss folding camera around his neck. When arrested he has a Rolleiflex-type box camera around his neck. See more »
There may be a glitch. I was a young man when I left. Who will they find to identify me?
I hope it's not your East German family. I don't think they could identify each other.
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Spielberg and Hanks--fry to find a better duo than that for a great film.
"Everyone deserves a defense. Everyone matters." James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks)
In Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg once again masterfully goes to the historical drama with a righteous man's theme (think Schindler and Lincoln for starters). This time lawyer James B. Donovan is asked to defend an accused Soviet spy, Rudolf Able (Mark Rylance, superb), in order to show the world the American justice system is democratic.
The story is "inspired by true events" with the outline of the exchange of Able for U-2 downed pilot Gary Powers historically accurate. As usual, Spielberg recreates the times with the atmosphere, cars, and film noir aspect of a spy thriller in the figurative and literal Cold War. He said, "I always wanted to tell the stories that really interested me in my personal life—which are stories about things that actually happened."
Hanks is central to Spielberg's vision of the lone hero defying the odds and supporting the highest ideals of the American Constitution and the individually virtuous man. Never does Hanks overplay the good-guy card; he's just very adept at playing an everyman not always right but always righteous.
The dialogue is crisp, a no fooling around typical of Spielberg and Hanks but a charming bad guy as well: James Donovan: "Aren't you worried?" Rudolf Abel: "Would it help?" As producer Kristie Macosko Krieger commented about Spielberg, "He's got a childlike sense of wonder. He never gets tired of hearing stories . . . . " Bridge of Spies is vintage Spielberg with a Lincoln-like atmosphere, righteous hero, and intriguing multi-plot, an entertaining spy story brimming with humanity.
As the director says, "This is more about very smart people in conversation with each other, and the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads is that, if they make the wrong decisions, it's the end of the world."
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