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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
Amy Ryan, was especially thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Tom Hanks, who plays her husband James B. Donovan in the film. Ryan found Hanks generous, both in spirit and energy. Ryan said: "I was very impressed with the amount of enthusiasm he was able to bring to each scene, and he's had so much experience as an actor, that I tried to listen and observe as much as I could," she says. "In addition to all the technical sides of knowing where the camera is going to be and where the lights are, he is still able to inhabit the scene so fully and truthfully . . . that is an amazing skill." And for Hanks, the feeling was mutual. He said: "Working with Amy was amazing . . . I was always thinking that it looked as if she was hardly doing anything, and yet she was doing everything all at the same time." See more »
When Gary Powers is approaching and getting settled into the U2 before takeoff, the weather is cloudy. At takeoff, the weather is nearly clear and sunny. See more »
Has your guy talked?
You met him. Has he talked? Has he said anything yet?
We're not having this conversation.
Of course not.
No, I mean we are really not having it. You're asking me to violate attorney-client privilege.
Aw, come on, counselor.
You know, I wish people like you would quit saying, 'Aw, come on, counselor'. I didn't like it the first time it happened today. A judge said it to me twice. The more I hear it, the more I don't like it.
OK, well, listen, I understand ...
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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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