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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 overview, first billed only:
... Rudolf Abel
... Agent Blasco
... Agent Gamber
... FBI Agent
... FBI Agent
... James B. Donovan
... Bates
... Receptionist
... Alison - Donovan's Secretary
... Thomas Watters Jr.
... Lynn Goodnough
... Doug Forrester
... Mary Donovan
... Peggy Donovan
... 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 »


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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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St. James Place  »

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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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Trivia

For the most part, this picture was shot in chronological order, according to Kristie Macosko Krieger on one of the film's DVD documentaries. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is standing in her kitchen holding the refrigerator door open, she has a bunch of bananas propped up against the door in her right hand. In the first shot, the bananas are curved outward toward the camera and to the right, and are yellow. In the next camera shot, they are curved inward, to the left, and are green & yellow. See more »

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James Donovan: Everyone will hate me, but at least I'll lose.
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Written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers
Performed by Dick Hyman
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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A very good, very Spielberg motion picture, starring Tom Hanks.
18 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

This movie hit me really strangely.

I was expecting a political drama about the cold war, and while indeed it was that, I was not expecting to have so much fun and for Bridge of Spies to be so humorous.

The Coen brothers writing a movie Steven Spielberg would direct just sounds like a winning combination and it really was. Sealing the deal, was a great performance by Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks does what he does best, by playing an everyday man in an average life. James Donovan was just an insurance lawyer who gets caught up in the middle of the Cold War. Bridge of Spies, starts him off so normal and then turns his life into quite an adventure.

And I do mean adventure. In the hands of Spielberg, the movie's visuals were large and epic. I was expecting this movie to feel more like his last flick, Lincoln. Instead it feels more like Indiana Jones, as James Donovan travels to Berlin at the time when the wall was being completed.

Watching Hanks play Donovan who is just swept into an overwhelming situation and just keeps his cool and his charm is just highly enjoyable.

Totally loved Bridge of Spies, It's one of the best team ups between Hanks and Spielberg and even though Lincoln was a great movie, Bridge of Spies is everything Spielberg is capable of. So entertaining.


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