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Bridge of Spies (Theatrical) 2015 CC

In a dramatic thriller inspired by true events, Tom Hanks stars as James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer 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 U2 pilot.

Starring:
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance
Runtime:
2 hours, 21 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance
Supporting actors Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Billy Magnussen, Eve Hewson, Jesse Plemons, Michael Gaston, Peter McRobbie, Domenick Lombardozzi, Victor Verhaeghe, Mark Fichera, Brian Hutchison, Joshua Harto, Henny Russell, Rebekah Brockman, John Rue, Jillian Lebling, Noah Schnapp, Joel Brady, Michael Pemberton, Geoffrey Rude, Michael Rempen, Dakin Matthews, Stephen Kunken, Jon Curry, Wes McGee, Jim Ferris, Lucia Ryan, Nolan Lyons, Hayley Feinstein, Victoria Leigh, Sawyer Barth, Ashlie Atkinson, Haley Rawson, Laurie Dawn, Andy Schneeflock, James Lorinz, Pat Squire, Mario Corry, Donavon Dietz, Le Clanché du Rand, Mike Houston, Joe Starr, Hamilton Clancy, Jonathan Walker, Greg Nutcher, Tracy Howe, Edward James Hyland, John Taylor, Steven Boyer, John Henry Cox, Mark Zak, Victor Schefé, Will Rogers, Daniela Schulz, Moritz Berg, Emma Nazahn, Matthias Scherwenikas, Greta Galisch de Palma, Matilda Palma Galisch, Nadja Bobyleva, Kai Wido Meyer, Kristoffer Fuss, Thomas Hacikoglu, David Wilson Barnes, Joe Forbrich, Henning Bormann, Ketel Weber, Maik Rogge, Tim Morten Uhlenbrock, Mathias Gärtner, Rafael Gareisen, Nico Ehrenteit, Radik Golovkov, Petra Marie Cammin, Lucy Dreznin, Michael Schenk, Mikhail Gorevoy, Wanja Götz, Stefan Langel, Vladimir Vilanov, Ivan Shvedoff, Merab Ninidze, Konstantin Frolov, Steve Cirbus, Michael Kranz, Max Kidd, Frederic Heidorn, Nils Malten, Nina Gummich, Burghart Klaussner, Max Mauff, Jon Donahue, Martin Dew
Studio Touchstone Pictures
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By M. Oleson TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2015
Format: Amazon Video
Theatrical review. Possible spoilers. Never underestimate Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, especially when they team up to make a movie. In one of the best dramatic films of the year, the story expands on real events surrounding the downing of a CIA spy plane over Russia in 1960. The film begins in 1957 when a suspected Russian agent, Rudolf Abel (wonderfully portrayed by Mark Rylance) is captured by the FBI. The grandfatherly-like Abel, doesn’t deny his activities, but never discloses any information to the Americans.

As he goes to trial for a crime that could include the death penalty, the judge appoints a well-known law firm to represent Abel. The head of the firm, Thomas Watters, Jr. (Alan Alda) appoints James Donovan (Tom Hanks) to handle the case. Donovan is a bit surprised because, he practices insurance law and hasn’t worked on criminal cases in years. As Donovan learns later, Watters and Judge Byers (Dakin Matthews) expect a competent defense to show how the American justice system works, but clearly minds have been made up. About all that is left is when the death penalty will be carried out.

Donovan discovers that a search warrant was never issued for evidence used in the case. But the judge rejects Donovan’s plea. When Donovan appeals, both he and his family come under fire, both figuratively and literally. While his appeal to the Supreme Court narrowly fails, Donovan is able to convince Byers to sentence Able to a long prison term rather than execution. His compelling argument is that there are spies on both sides and Able may come in handy in the future if one of our guys is caught. And sure enough, the prescient Donovan is correct. Shortly afterwards, Francis Gary Powers and his U2 plane is shot down over Russia.
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Format: Blu-ray
The home video BD/DVD release of the latest Spielberg film (and an Oscar nominee), will not be released until February 2nd, but – as a journalist – I was provided with an advance screener in exchange for an objective review. I won’t go into the plot very much here (no spoilers from me – and I recommend that you watch for spoilers in other reviews; after all this a suspense film) but will offer a few personal comments and then move on to the bonus material – which is some of the best I’ve seen lately.

I was in high school when the Berlin Wall was built and U2 pilot Gary Francis Powers was shot down in Russia. I knew much of the story, but there were parts new to me in this film (based on the true events). I do remember the “duck and cover” films in school and the building of fallout shelters. If you are a baby boomer you probably remember them too.

I thought Tom Hanks’ acting was superb but he has such an identifiable look and voice that you can’t help but seeing “Tom Hanks, the actor” rather than the character he plays. That, to me, is the ONLY weakness in this or any film he stars in.

There are four bonus features and they are substantial and really add a lot to the film AFTER you have seen it. The longest one – at 17 minutes – is the “making of” featurette with all the main cast and production crew. In addition there are comments from Gary Powers’ son – who founded a “Cold War Museum”. Next comes an eight-minute short on both the U-2 pane (they are still in operation) and the air force base where some events took of – and where parts of film were filmed. The five-minute film “Spy Swap” focuses on both the bridge where the final act takes place and how it was filmed and lighted.
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“Bridge of Spies” is an excellent film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks telling the (not so well known) story of authentic American-hero James B. Donovan whose expert negotiating skills and unshakable-ethics were not only effective in bringing-home (from behind the Iron-curtain) downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and American student studying in East-Germany Fredric Pryor. In the process James Donovan also demonstrated to the World our hallowed ideals of fairness, integrity & rule-of-Law = ideals that Western democracies still strived to maintain during those ambiguous (and precarious) dark-Days associated with the bitter/frigid 'Cold-War'

Spielberg’s film masterfully evokes that particular atmosphere of tension-mistrust-misunderstanding (and sometimes even deliberate-deception of course) that was commonplace during much of the Cold-War period (but especially so in the 1950’s and 60’s – when the free-flow of unfiltered information was a very rare commodity indeed) And principled individuals like James B. Donovan (who had the ability to ethically navigate thru the dense shadows & fog) were true godsends (and perhaps ultimately contributed to even staving-off thermo-nuclear conflagration) Tom Hanks portrays Donovan in a brilliantly ‘down-to-Earth’ manner = i.e. honest, unpretentious, tough-minded but compassionate.
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