Bridge of Spies (2015)


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Rated: PG-13

Released: 16 October 2015 (USA)

Runtime: 142 Min

Taglines: Inspired by true events.

Genres:  Drama | History | Thriller

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Matt Charman , Ethan Coen

Actors: Tom Hanks , Mark Rylance , Alan Alda

Country: USA, Germany, India

Language: English, German, Russian


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.


A European man living in the US, Rudolph Abel, is arrested as a Russian spy. An American lawyer, James Donovan, takes on his case but, faced with overwhelming evidence and a biased judge, loses the case. Abel is sentenced to 30 years in jail and Donovan’s Supreme Court appeal fails. Just then Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Spy, is shot down over Russia and captured. Now Donovan becomes the negotiator in a potential prisoner swap.

In 1957, during the Cold War, the insurance lawyer James B. Donovan is assigned by the Bar association to defend in court the Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, who was captured by the FBI. Donovan is successful and Rudolf is sentenced to life imprisonment instead of death penalty. Meanwhile the American pilot and spy Francis Gary Powers is arrested by the Soviet government while taking photos from a spy plane that crashed. The CIA summons Donovan to help in the negotiation to exchange the two spies. When Donovan learns that the American student Frederic Pryor was arrested in the border of East Berlin while trying to bring his German girlfriend to the West Berlin, he decides to include the student in the negotiation. However his proposal is not supported by the CIA that is interested in Powers only. Further, Powers is prisoner of the soviet government and Pryor is prisoner of the GDR (German Democratic Republic). Will Donovan succeed in his intent?

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