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New Yorker October 19, 2015
When a film is as enjoyable as this one, its timing so sweet, and its atmosphere conjured with such skill, do you really wish to register a complaint? Would it help?
Rolling Stone October 16, 2015
Who doesn’t like to cozy up to an old-school spy thriller that knows how to build tension and tighten it?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rotten Tomatoes 87%
Critics Consensus: Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood’s classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks stars as the American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia at the height of the Cold War in this historical drama from DreamWorks Studios. Steven Spielberg and Mark E. Platt produce a film written by Matt Charman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen | 1 more credit »
Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda | See full cast & crew »
In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. Written by Gusde
APPROX. RUNNING MINUTES 138
RELEASE DATES 26/11/2015
BBFCINSIGHT infrequent strong language, moderate threat, violence
GENRE(S) War, Drama
DIRECTOR(S) Steven Spielberg
CAST INCLUDES Tom Hanks, Eve Hewson, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Peter McRobbie, Billy Magnussen, Austin Stowell, Domenick Lombardozzi, Mark Rylance, Michael Gaston, Sebastian Koch
SUMMARY BRIDGE OF SPIES is a Cold War drama in which a US lawyer is recruited to defend a Soviet spy and help the CIA to rescue a missing pilot.
CUT All known versions of this work passed uncut.
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