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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | India | USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

U2 flights were rarely round-trip missions. Rather, they would typically depart from a base in one country, overfly the target country, and then land at a base in another bordering country. During his last flight, Francis Gary Powers was heading for the Bodø Main Air Station in northern Norway after he had flown over the USSR. Later the same base in Norway had visits from the SR-71 Blackbirds. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, Abel's portrait of Donovan, with the reflection of light off the portrait shows a perfectly smooth paper surface like that of a color laser printer printout and not the strokes\rough surface of a manual painting. See more »

Quotes

James Donovan: I have a mandate to serve you. Nobody else does. Quite frankly, everybody else has an interest in sending you to the electric chair.
Rudolf Abel: All right...
James Donovan: You don't seem alarmed.
Rudolf Abel: Would it help?
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Written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers
Performed by Dick Hyman
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Some good acting in an utterly disappointing movie
19 December 2015 | by alcorcrisanSee all my reviews

Mark Rylance stands out as the best reason to watch this movie. And, I feel tempted to say, the only reason to do so. His lines take the cream of the screenplay. I am quite a fan of spy movies. That is exactly why I find this to be extremely disappointing as a movie. Seeing Steven Spielberg's name come up at the final credits was a sort of cherry on the funeral cake. The direction and the editing are the two most disappointing elements of this production. Then parts of the story. It is all so predictable, so cliché, so déjà-vu. I happened to watch this film in the weeks in which the BBC broadcast a brilliant 5-part series entitled "London Spy". That is everything a spy-film fan can wish for. "Bridge of Spies" is everything but that. Underwhelming at best...


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