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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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Steven Spielberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... Rudolf Abel
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Agent Blasco
Victor Verhaeghe ... Agent Gamber
Mark Fichera ... FBI Agent
Brian Hutchison ... FBI Agent
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
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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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Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. James Place See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,371,203, 18 October 2015

Gross USA:

$72,313,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,478,348
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Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

For Mark Rylance, an actor best known for his acclaimed stage work in such productions as "Jerusalem" and "Boeing-Boeing" and the then recent PBS miniseries Wolf Hall (2015), the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg was incredibly humbling. And while Rudolf Ivanovich Abel was a divisive figure, his selfless patriotism earns the respect and admiration of James Donovan, which Rylance found tremendously appealing. Rylance also found the story moving and incredibly entertaining, and he appreciated the fact that it had the potential to really cause people to think. Rylance said: "This is a film about a man who does the right thing at the right time in the right place, and it's an important story." See more »

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There was no wild scene in court by outraged spectators when Abel was sentenced. In fact, it was a fairly routine 15-minute proceeding. Nor was the 30-year sentence controversial, because the government did not ask for the death penalty but rather "a substantial sentence." See more »

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Bates: According to your description, "He hit my five guys."
James Donovan: The guy insured by my client had one accident. One, one, one. Losing control of the car and hitting five motorcyclists.
Bates: From *their* point of view, five things happened.
James Donovan: Well, look, Bob. May I? Bob?
Bates: "Jim."
James Donovan: If I go bowling and I throw a strike, one thing happened. 10 things didn't happen.
Bates: Jim, my guys aren't bowling pins, as much as your guy may have treated them as such.
James Donovan: Let me finish. If your house is insured for $100,000 and a tornado ...
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An unshowy Steven Spielberg does a master's job with Cold War tensions, honoring a real-life attorney's victory over fear.
6 October 2015 | by nsharath009See all my reviews

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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