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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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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,371,203 (USA) (18 October 2015)

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$72,313,754 (USA)
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The car used by the East German negotiator is a Volvo P1800 early production model, from 1961-1963 called the "cow-horn" bumper and similar to the one used by Roger Moore in The Saint (1962). Even the speedometer that is shown, is correct. See more »

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When Donovan returned home from cold and snowy Germany, we see him on his front porch with trees filled with green leaves and people in short sleeves. Later we see him on the commuter train in a coat and the trees in the background are barren of leaves. See more »

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Wolfgang Vogel: You should be careful, this is not Brooklyn Mr. Donovan.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.10 (2015) See more »

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Concerto N. 2 for Piano and Orchestra Op 102
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich (as Dmitrij Dmitievi Shostakovich)
Performed by Andrey Gugnin, piano with The Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Konstantin Orbelyan (as Constantine Orbelian)
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One of Spielberg's best most recent movies
28 October 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Bridge Of Spies is a historical drama film starring Tom Hanks, co-written by the Coen brothers, and directed by Steven Spielberg. Even though its subject matter of the Cold War is something I know very little about, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am now more interested than ever to learn more about it. I rank it among the best of Spielberg's most recent movies.

In 1957, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War are at their peak. Spies from both the American CIA and Soviet KGB are a major threat to the security of both world powers and each side often resorts to hasty measures to stop any classified information from being leaked. In Brooklyn, New York, Rudolf Abel is arrested under the suspicion of being a spy. James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is assigned as Abel's defence lawyer. However the idea of defending a potential Soviet spy proves to be an unpopular and difficult task for Donovan. Meanwhile, over in the Soviet Union, an American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers is shot down and captured by the KGB. As a means to ease tension between the two warring countries, Donovan proposes a swap between the two prisoners of war, Abel for Powers.

Despite containing barely any action scenes and being almost entirely made up of talking, the film never feels boring or slow paced. This is most likely due to the Coen brothers' clever screenplay and Steven Spielberg's creative direction. There were many suspenseful moments where it felt like the prisoner negotiations would go horribly wrong and that kept me on the edge of my seat. Tom Hanks also gives another memorable performance as James B. Donovan, once again proving his versatility as an actor.

I rate it 8.5/10.


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