Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

DVD - 2016
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Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Touchstone Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC BRI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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P58Jackson
Jun 03, 2018

Pretty reasonable portrayal of the Cold War and some of the things as well as mentality that went on.

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tenet
Apr 07, 2018

Rated 8/10. I thought this was a pretty decent story of the Powers U-2 incident, and subsequent trade with a Soviet spy.

Good acting all around.

Recommended.

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patch666
Apr 02, 2018

OK spy film but I have been tired of Tom Hanks "golly shucks" acting style for a long time >> He plays Tom Hanks not the character >> Better to watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy over and over than this . But its still an interesting film with good location and cold war setting ~ 420

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mammothhawk229e
Dec 29, 2017

Highly engrossing movie despite its length. Great ensemble cast by Spielberg.
Middle aged protagonist one of few people to think ahead given his insurance training. Sure protagonist did a Perry Mason in that client only got 30 years instead of death penalty.
Film captured the cold war paranoia, shades of grey & backdoor realpolitik to save mutual face.
Soviet don't want to admit having spy use client state proxy.
US wanted Gary Powers back after disastrous U-2 mission.
Interesting meeting with the Soviet envoy & the meddling "look at me! I suffering!" Eastern German official who tried to make their own offer.
Lots of posturing, bluffing & delaying during machine-gunning Berlin Wall construction.
Protagonist explaining to East German to cut it out or his superior have to tell Soviet why deal is off classic.

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firefly5
Dec 03, 2017

Fantastic movie. I have watched this twice. Outstanding acting by Tom Hanks, as the lawyer, James Donovan and Mark Rylance, as Rudolf Abel. Based on a true story that took place during the time of the Cold War. Rudolf Able was convicted of espionage in 1957. Due to the skill of Donovan, his lawyer, he escaped the death penalty. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Frances Gary Powers was flying a U2 spy plane that was brought down over the Soviet Union in 1960. A prisoner exchange was negotiated by James Donovan.

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cheriein57
Nov 13, 2017

Excellent movie! Definitely one of Tom Hanks' best.

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Conrad_11
Oct 01, 2017

Outstanding cinema. Spielberg at his best. Hanks at his best. It's a movie where you feel the characters are real people. Not to miss.

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redworc
Sep 01, 2017

A very good movie. Tom Hanks gives his usual stellar performance. Interesting that it is based on a true story.

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Aevets
Aug 10, 2017

A very good movie. Having lived through the times depicted it was good to see the attention to detail. The scene of the U2 pilots being told to kill themselves seemed unbelievable until I remember being on an AF base as a kid and the entire flight line was closed down and all unnecessary personnel were take off of the airfield because one of those planes had to make an emergency landing and no one was supposed to see it. Cold war paranoia really did exists as shown in the movie. Good acting all around worth the time even though it starts slow.

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downsman
Aug 09, 2017

I thought this a thought -provoking film which does demonstrate the mutual distrust evidenced by the great powers of the era, and also reminds us that the East Germans, while dominated by the Soviets, were anxious to maintain at least a semblance of autonomy or sovereignty . It held my attention throughout without any real violence or any gunfire involving the central characters, or much "action" of any sort--just solid plotting, dialogue, directing, and acting. One nice touch I thought was when Tom Hanks' character sees some boys climbing over a fence late in the film, and looks profoundly sad, reminding the viewer of a scene much earlier in the film. (And I suppose that, while anyone can comment on what they like in this forum, IMO it's not really the place for an ideological or political soapbox, so I have confined myself to the film itself, unlike one or two others :-) ).

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behere
Aug 29, 2016

Wolfgang Vogel played by Sebastian Koch: Every accident, properly viewed, is an opportunity.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2016

Judge: Wow. That sounds like spinning what-ifs. You could do that till the cows come home.
Donovan: It's my business, what-ifs. I'm in insurance. And there's nothing implausible about this one. It's entirely in the realm of what could happen. It's the kind of probability that people buy insurance for. If we send this guy to his death, we leave ourselves wide open. No policy in our back pocket for the day the storm comes.
Judge: Nice speech.
Donovan: Sir, there is also the humanitarian argument. Should he die for doing the job they sent him to do?
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Donovan: You don't seem alarmed.
Abel: Would it help?
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Donovan: Do you never worry?
Abel: Would it help?
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Abel: Well, the boss isn't always right but he's always the boss.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2016

Donovan: Yick Wo v. Hopkins. The court held that even aliens, in that case Chinese immigrants, could not be held to answer for a crime without due process of law, including any alien that entered the country illegally.
Judge: The Department of Justice has its first allegiance to the United States. I don't see how an alien, if he's here illegally, how he suffered deprivation of rights. Rights as what? An American? Rights as what, Counselor? We're in a battle for civilization. This Russian spy came here to threaten our way of life. Now, I have a courtroom of people waiting. Get out there, sit beside the Russian. Let's get this over and done with. And your motion is denied.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2016

Donovan: I know this man. If the charge is true, he serves a foreign power but he serves it faithfully. If he is a soldier in the opposing army, he is a good soldier. He has not fled the field of battle to save himself. Donovan: He has refused to serve his captor. He has refused to betray his cause. He has refused to take the coward's way out. The coward must abandon his dignity before he abandons the field of battle. That, Rudolf Abel will never do. Shouldn't we, by giving him the full benefit of the rights that define our system of government, show this man who we are? Who we are. Is that not the greatest weapon we have in this Cold War? Will we stand by our cause less resolutely than he stands by his?

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