Bridge of Spies

November 27th, 2015


Bridge of Spies

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An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 8.8/10 (529 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda

In the cold war, A lawyer, James B. Donovan recruited by the CIA and involved into an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers that was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission- with a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel who was arrested for espionage in the US.

Writers: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen

Mark Rylance - Rudolf Abel
Domenick Lombardozzi - Agent Blasco
Victor Verhaeghe - Agent Gamber
Mark Fichera - FBI Agent #1
Brian Hutchison - FBI Agent #2
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

Taglines: In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for.


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 16 October 2015

Filming Locations: Glienicker Brücke, Potsdam, Germany

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

A feel-good Cold War melodrama, Bridge of Spies is an absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing. In its grown-up seriousness and basis in historical conflict, Steven Spielberg's first feature since Lincoln three years ago joins the list of the director's half-dozen previous "war" films, but in its honoring of an American civilian who pulled off a smooth prisoner exchange between the East and West during a very tense period, the film generates an unmistakable nostalgia for a time when global conflict seemed more clear-cut and manageable than it does now. Spielberg's fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks, which world- premiered at the New York Film Festival and opens commercially on October 16, looks to generate stout box-office returns for Disney through the autumn season. For people of Spielberg's generation, the early years of the nuclear era and the stand-off between the United States and the Soviet Union represents a significant part of the fabric of childhood. With the passage of time, it's possible to tell stories of the time without furnishing them with overt propagandistic overlays, and for Westerners there is the added built-in appeal of the "we won" factor and the perception that dealing with adversaries was so much simpler then than it is now. As their focus in this impeccably rendered recreation of a moment in history, most palpably represented by the building of the Berlin Wall, Spielberg and screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan and Joel Coen have chosen a sort-of Atticus Finch of the north, a principled, American Everyman insurance attorney unexpectedly paged to represent a high-level Soviet spy caught in New York. There is no question that Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is guilty, but James B. Donovan (Hanks), a proper and decent family man with a professional dedication to his client and an abiding loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution, has a quick and intuitive read of any legal situation and shrewdly stays at least one step ahead of the game in almost any situation.


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