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Bridge of Spies (2015, Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance)



Tom Hanks stars in Steven Spielberg’s fact-inspired Cold War drama Bridge of Spies, from a script co-written by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers. In 1957, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance in an Oscar-winning performance) is arrested in Brooklyn and charged with being a Soviet spy.

It’s imperative he’s seen to be given a fair trial, so the American bar committee nominate James B Donovan (Hanks) – who distinguished himself prosecuting Nazi officials at the Nuremberg trials at the end of World War II – to defend Abel.

Despite now specialising in insurance, having done no criminal work for years and being unenthusiastic at the prospect of a case he can’t win but which guarantees him notoriety among sections of the American public, Donovan resignedly agrees to do his patriotic duty. Predictably he loses. But his defence is good enough to commute Abel’s death penalty to a life sentence.

Meanwhile, US Airforce pilot Frances Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) is recruited by the CIA to fly the U2 spy plane. And when his mission goes wrong and he’s captured by the Soviets, the US government turns to Donovan to attempt to negotiate Powers’ release.

production details
USA – Germany / 141 minutes / 2015

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Matt Charman,

Tom Hanks as James B. Donovan
Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel
Stephen Kunken as William Tompkins
Scott Shepherd as Hoffman
Sebastian Koch as Wolfgang Vogel
Billy Magnussen as Doug Forrester
Austin Stowell as Francis Gary Powers
Michael Gaston as Agent Williams
Mikhail Gorevoy as Ivan Schischkin
Mike Houston as Man in Courtroom
Eve Hewson as Carol Donovan
Amy Ryan as Mary Donovan
Alan Alda as Thomas Watters Jr.
Michael Simon Hall as Reporter
Edward James Hyland as Chief Justice Earl Warren
James Lorinz as Gentleman on Subway #2
Michael Power as NYPD
Joe Starr as Courthouse Reporter #1
Merab Ninidze as Soviet Main Interrogator
Greg Nutcher as NYPD Lieutenant James
Jesse Plemons as Joe Murphy
Domenick Lombardozzi as Agent Blasco
Noah Schnapp as Roger Donovan
Jillian Lebling as Peggy Donovan
Peter McRobbie as Allen Dulles
Joshua Harto as Bates
Mark Zak as Soviet Judge – Powers’ Trial
Marko Caka as Reporter
John Ohkuma as FBI Agent
Burghart Klaußner as Harald Ott
Max Mauff as Ott’s Secretary
Victor Verhaeghe as Agent Gamber
Mark Fichera as FBI Agent #1
Brian Hutchison as FBI Agent #2
Dakin Matthews as Judge Byers
Joel Brady as Police Officer – Brooklyn Courthouse
John Rue as Lynn Goodnough
Michael Pemberton as Lie Detector Test Administrator
Jon Curry as Agent Somner
Wes McGee as U2 Pilot
Jim C. Ferris as Bailiff
Haley Rawson as Teacher
Ashlie Atkinson as Classroom Teacher
Steven Boyer as Marty
John Henry Cox as Partner at Watters Law Firm
Will Rogers as Frederic Pryor
Daniela Schulz as Family #1 at Berlin Wall Construction
Nadja Bobyleva as Katje
Joe Forbrich as Pinker
Patricia Squire as Older Lady on Subway
Henny Russell as Receptionist
Nolan Lyons as Classroom Boy #1
Hayley Feinstein as Classroom Girl #1
Victoria Leigh as Classroom Girl #2
Jon Donahue as Agent Faye
Victor Schefé as Soviet Translator
Joachim Paul Assböck as East German Officer (uncredited)
Rainer Reiners as Cab Driver (uncredited)
Hamilton Clancy as Courthouse Reporter
Tracy Howe as Angry NYPD Cop
Paul Jude Letersky as Lunch Box Neighbor (uncredited)
Michael Wren Gucciardo as Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Rafael Gareisen as East German Youth
Peter Conboy as Neighbor (uncredited)
Ron Komora as Justice Lafayette Black (uncredited)
Michael Schenk as Cousin Drews