Brooklyn lawyer James B. Donovan is thrust into the center of the Cold War when he is given a mission to negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
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Set in the early stages of the Cold War, Bridge of Spies is inspired by the true-life story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a family man and insurance lawyer hired by the US government to defend Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance).While Donovan was reluctant to accept the case, fearing becoming a public figure and potential target in the nation's height of paranoia and fear, he eventually agreed to represent Able out of a commitment to his principles of justice and the protection of human rights. During the trial, Donovan and Abel developed an unexpected bond based on their mutual respect for each other's strength and commitment to their ideals. Read More