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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 the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for. See more »


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | India | USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

26 November 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,371,203, 18 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,313,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,478,348
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography kicked off in September 2014 in Manhattan, and over the next month the production made the most of the city's diverse architectural styles and its geographically-adjacent boroughs. Cameras manned by Janusz Kaminski first rolled in lower Manhattan at Wall Street, filming exteriors of James B. Donovan on the steps of the Federal Courthouse at Foley Square. See more »

Goofs

At one point Col. Abel is described as pretending to come from Northern England. In fact, he appears to speak English with a Scottish, not a northern English accent. See more »

Quotes

James Donovan: [forced to leave dining room before eating his meal] Enjoy your big American breakfast.
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77 Sunset Strip
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Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
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A Well-Acted Cold War Thriller
18 October 2015 | by tjgoalie13See all my reviews

Bridge Of Spies is a well acted, thrilling, smart Cold War drama that features a Oscar worthy performance from Tom hanks. Bridge of Spies tells the true story of a Cold War spy swap, during the height of tension between the U.S. and Russia. The time period was so tense that when films can capture that tone it's usually special, that being said the film doesn't quite capture that tone, but it comes close. Tom Hanks performance, and Spielberg's seasoned direction manage to save the film. When the film could have been slow, they save it by using either humor, or great acting, Acting that will most likely get Hanks an Oscar nomination. In the end Bridge of Spies isn't as good as it could have been, but is still admittedly a great film that will undoubtedly get plenty of recognition at the 2015 Academy Awards.


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