Bridge of Spies (2015)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 23 mins

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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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Cast: Henny Russell, Mark Rylance, Tom Hanks

Crew: Steven Spielberg (Director), Janusz Kaminski (Director of Photography), Thomas Newman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, History, Thriller, Biography

Release Dates: 16 Oct 2015 (India)

Tagline: In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for.

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Did you know? Discounting any of the Indiana Jones films, this is the first Steven Spielberg film to be shot with anamorphic lenses since Hook (1991). Read More
a great inspirational story and masterful direction let down by lazy writing and unimpressive dialogues

Wonderfully executed movie with mind-blowing Tom Hank's performance!

Great movie that gives the depth and flow of character. Scenes are seemed to have been pushed in many places.

as Receptionist
as Rudolf Abel
as James B. Donovan
as Thomas Watters Jr.
as Mary Donovan
as Gentleman on Subway #1.
as Classroom Teacher
as Francis Gary Powers
as Doug Forrester
as Subway Passenger
as FBI Agent #2
as Judge Byers
as Family #1 at Berlin Wall Construction
as Mr. Michener
as Agent Blasco
as Foreman
as Upscale Bar Patron
as Justice Warren
as Family #1 at Berlin Wall Construction
as Carol Donovan
as Pilot in Motel Room #1
as NYPD Lieutenant
as Family #2 at Berlin Wall Construction
as Teacher
as Courthouse Reporter #2
as Classroom Girl #1
as Gentleman on Subway #2
as Joe Murphy
as Peggy Donovan
as Bailiff
as Pinker
as Courthouse Reporter #1
as Police Officer - Brooklyn Courthouse
as Partner at Watters Law Firm
as Lynn Goodnough
as Radio Newscaster
as Agent Somner
as Courthouse Reporter #3
as Bates
as East German Soldier #1
as East German Soldier #2
as Secretary on Subway
as Millie Byers
as Crying Girl
as Clerk
as FBI Agent #1
as Soviet Judge - Powers' Trial
as Reporter
as Family #2 at Berlin Wall Construction
as Family #2 at Berlin Wall Construction
as Agent Williams
as Pilot in Motel Room #2
as Lie Detector Test Administrator
as Man in Courtroom
as Family #1 at Berlin Wall Construction
as Katje
as Neighbor on lawn
Supporting Actor
as Roger Donovan
as Classroom Boy #1
as Older Lady on Subway
as Allen Dulles
as Alison - Donovan's Secretary
as Classroom Boy #2
as Hoffman
as Wolfgang Vogel
as William Tompkins
as Marty
as East German Soldier #3
as Angry NYPD Cop
as Soviet Translator
as Agent Gamber
as Classroom Girl
as U2 Pilot
as Frederic Pryor


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In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for.
In a world on the brink the difference between war and peace was one honest man.
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.

This movie is being released in the same 2015 year as a number of other spy, espionage, intelligence, and secret agent movies, with a couple of them also comedies. The films include Spy (2015), Spectre (2015), Sicario (2015), Mortdecai (2015), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), and even Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), a 2014 film but which was mostly widely theatrically released in 2015.

The first Steven Spielberg film not to be scored by John Williams since "The Color Purple (1985)". In March 2015, after Williams' schedule was interrupted by a minor health issue which reportedly has since been corrected, Thomas Newman stepped in to replace him as composer.

Principal photography on "Bridge of Spies" began in September, 2014 and shot for 12 weeks on locations in New York, Germany and Poland, including many of the very places where the events in the story actually took place. European production kicked off in Berlin where the actual prisoner exchange of Abel and Powers took place. To film the crucial Berlin Wall sequences, production also traveled to Wrolcaw, Poland which more accurately resembles the East Berlin of 1961 than Berlin itself.

The 27th feature film directed by Steven Spielberg.

This is the second collaboration between Steven Spielberg and The Coen Brothers. Spielberg was the executive producer for The Coen Brothers' True Grit.

Spielberg's father actually went on a foreign exchange to Russia as an engineer during the cold war, right after Francis Gary Powers was shot down, when there was tremendous fear and hostility between the two nations. Spielberg's father recalled seeing Russian citizens line up to look at Powers' crashed gear and "see what America did." When they saw the American engineers, they pointed at them and said, "Look what your country is doing to us," demonstrating the fear and rage the nations felt towards each other.

Partially filmed at Beale Air Force Base, California.

This will be Tom Hanks' fourth film collaboration with Steven Spielberg. They previously worked together on Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002) & The Terminal (2004).

First collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in over ten years. Their last collaboration was The Terminal (2004).

Discounting any of the Indiana Jones films, this is the first Steven Spielberg film to be shot with anamorphic lenses since Hook (1991).

Was filmed under the title of St. James Place.