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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... Rudolf Abel
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Agent Blasco
Victor Verhaeghe ... Agent Gamber
Mark Fichera ... FBI Agent
Brian Hutchison ... FBI Agent
Tom Hanks ... James B. Donovan
Joshua Harto ... Bates
Henny Russell ... Receptionist
Rebekah Brockman ... Alison - Donovan's Secretary
Alan Alda ... Thomas Watters Jr.
John Rue ... Lynn Goodnough
Billy Magnussen ... Doug Forrester
Amy Ryan ... Mary Donovan
Jillian Lebling ... Peggy Donovan
Noah Schnapp ... Roger Donovan
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Germany | India | USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. James Place See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,371,203, 18 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,313,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,478,348
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography on "Bridge of Spies" began in September 2014, and shot for twelve weeks on locations in Germany, Poland, and New York City, including many of the places where the events in the story took place. European production kicked off in Berlin where the prisoner exchange of Rudolf Ivanovich Abel and Francis Gary Powers took place. To film the crucial Berlin Wall sequences, production also traveled to Wroclaw, Poland, which more accurately resembles the East Berlin of 1961, than Berlin itself. See more »

Goofs

In the movie the pilots are introduced to the U-2 plane and trained in Peshawar, Pakistan. This is incorrect as Powers and other CIA pilots were trained to fly the U-2 in the US (at Watertown Strip, Nevada) and Powers was based in Turkey, flying U-2s, for several years prior to the 1960 flight. Powers flew out to Pakistan only days prior to his overflight attempt. See more »

Quotes

Bates: According to your description, "He hit my five guys."
James Donovan: The guy insured by my client had one accident. One, one, one. Losing control of the car and hitting five motorcyclists.
Bates: From *their* point of view, five things happened.
James Donovan: Well, look, Bob. May I? Bob?
Bates: "Jim."
James Donovan: If I go bowling and I throw a strike, one thing happened. 10 things didn't happen.
Bates: Jim, my guys aren't bowling pins, as much as your guy may have treated them as such.
James Donovan: Let me finish. If your house is insured for $100,000 and a tornado ...
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A Well-Acted Cold War Thriller
18 October 2015 | by tjgoalie13See all my reviews

Bridge Of Spies is a well acted, thrilling, smart Cold War drama that features a Oscar worthy performance from Tom hanks. Bridge of Spies tells the true story of a Cold War spy swap, during the height of tension between the U.S. and Russia. The time period was so tense that when films can capture that tone it's usually special, that being said the film doesn't quite capture that tone, but it comes close. Tom Hanks performance, and Spielberg's seasoned direction manage to save the film. When the film could have been slow, they save it by using either humor, or great acting, Acting that will most likely get Hanks an Oscar nomination. In the end Bridge of Spies isn't as good as it could have been, but is still admittedly a great film that will undoubtedly get plenty of recognition at the 2015 Academy Awards.


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