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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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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 the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for. 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)

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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Steven Spielberg recommended Austin Stowell for the role of Francis Gary Powers after watching his dailies from Public Morals (2015), a period cop television drama Executively Produced by Spielberg, in which Stowell had a starring role, and which premiered in the same year as Bridge of Spies (2015). Stowell, had been most recently seen in the highly-acclaimed film Whiplash (2014), and plays Francis Gary Powers in Bridge of Spies (2015), the young Air Force pilot who joins the CIA to fly covert missions in a U-2 spy plane, and is subsequently shot down over the Soviet Union. There, he is imprisoned and subjected to solitary confinement and sleep deprivation, eventually suffering the humiliation of a very public Moscow show trial. See more »

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The plumbing below the bathroom sink in the 50's era Donovan home has braided stainless steel supply lines. This type of plumbing was not developed until the late 80's. See more »

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Government spokesman: [last lines]
Government spokesman: Francis Gary Powers has been released from prison in the Soviet Union, and turned over to American authorities early this morning in Berlin. The President has commuted the sentence of Rudolf Abel. Mr. Abel has been deported, and has been released in Berlin. Efforts to obtain Mr. Powers' release, had been underway for some time. In recent efforts, the United States government has had the cooperation and assistance of Mr. James B. Donovan, a New York attorney. Frederic L. Pryor, an ...
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One of Spielberg's best most recent movies
28 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Bridge Of Spies is a historical drama film starring Tom Hanks, co-written by the Coen brothers, and directed by Steven Spielberg. Even though its subject matter of the Cold War is something I know very little about, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am now more interested than ever to learn more about it. I rank it among the best of Spielberg's most recent movies.

In 1957, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War are at their peak. Spies from both the American CIA and Soviet KGB are a major threat to the security of both world powers and each side often resorts to hasty measures to stop any classified information from being leaked. In Brooklyn, New York, Rudolf Abel is arrested under the suspicion of being a spy. James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is assigned as Abel's defence lawyer. However the idea of defending a potential Soviet spy proves to be an unpopular and difficult task for Donovan. Meanwhile, over in the Soviet Union, an American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers is shot down and captured by the KGB. As a means to ease tension between the two warring countries, Donovan proposes a swap between the two prisoners of war, Abel for Powers.

Despite containing barely any action scenes and being almost entirely made up of talking, the film never feels boring or slow paced. This is most likely due to the Coen brothers' clever screenplay and Steven Spielberg's creative direction. There were many suspenseful moments where it felt like the prisoner negotiations would go horribly wrong and that kept me on the edge of my seat. Tom Hanks also gives another memorable performance as James B. Donovan, once again proving his versatility as an actor.

I rate it 8.5/10.


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