The piece opens with Steven Spielberg's family history with the real life events and follows with cast and crew examining the politics and history of the time, the screenplay's inspirations... See full summary »
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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.
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 »
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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