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U-2 Spy Plane (2016)

This piece explores the real history of the aircraft and its role and depiction in the film.


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Tom Hanks ... Himself
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This piece explores the real history of the aircraft and its role and depiction in the film.

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2 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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Bridge of Spies: U-2 Spy Plane See more »

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Nedland Media See more »
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Color (HD)| Black and White (archive footage)
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Flughafen Tempelhof Airport in the south-central section of Berlin, Germany is where the historic airlifts of 1948 and 1949 took place, and was an indispensable location for filming Bridge of Spies (2015). These airlifts took place when the Soviet Army closed off access to the western part of the city by all other means of transport. Planes from the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa transported food and supplies to the city's inhabitants to prevent them from starving. Director Steven Spielberg filmed multiple scenes at Flughafen Tempelhof Airport, including the return home of both James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) and Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) to the USA inside a U.S. Army cargo transport plane. Scenes featuring actual U-2 planes, both on the ground and in the air, were shot several months later at Beale Air Force Base in Yuba County, California. See more »


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29 October 2018 | by BatmanFunReviewsSee all my reviews

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. U-2 Spy Plane is another documentary about Bridge of Spies the movie starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg and just like the film itself? Is a huge letdown. (5/10)

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