• Bridge of Spies (2015)

Bridge of Spies

Release Date: October 16th, 2015

PG-13 |2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Eve Hewson, Peter McRobbie, Billy Magnussen, Austin Stowell

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Thriller , Historical drama

Production Co: Studio Babelsberg Independents [de], Afterworks Limited

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: Prison , Brooding , Dark , Quest , Rescue , Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    A feel-good Cold War melodrama, Bridge of Spies is an absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Bridge of Spies isn’t conventionally exciting, and isn’t intended to be. Instead, it’s satisfying — thoroughly and pleasurably so. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Using a screenplay polished and honed by the Coen Brothers, Spielberg dips into John le Carré territory (you can't help but think of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold when Donovan looks onto the newly erected Berlin Wall, in the searchlights, in the snow). show more

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Awards

Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Production Design
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Sound Mixing