Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Matt Charman, Ethan and Joel Coen and stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan, who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers—a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union—in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a captive and convicted Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States, whom he represented at trial. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, where the spy exchange took place.[A] This film was internationally co-produced by the United States and Germany.
Bridge of Spies was shot under the working title of St. James Place. Principal photography began on September 8, 2014, in Brooklyn, New York City, and the production proceeded at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam. The film was released by Touchstone Pictures on October 16, 2015, in the United States and distributed by 20th Century Fox in other territories. It was a box office success, grossing $165 million worldwide, and received positive reviews, garnering praise for its direction, screenplay, acting, score, and production merits. The film received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won Best Supporting Actor for Rylance.
In 1957 Brooklyn, New York, Rudolf Abel is arrested by the FBI and charged with three counts of spying for the Soviet Union. He refuses to collaborate in exchange for the charges being dropped. As a Russian spy, no one is inclined to represent Abel so James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer, is finally prevailed upon to defend him so that trial will be seen as fair. Donovan declines to help CIA garner information from his client and mounts the best legal defense he can. Abel is convicted on all counts, and Donovan asks the judge to spare him the death penalty because he was honorably serving his country and he might prove useful for a future prisoner exchange. Abel is sentenced to 30 years, and Donovan appeals the conviction to the Supreme Court since there was no search warrant for the seizure of Abel’s ciphers and photography equipment, but the conviction is upheld. Donovan’s principled stand results in him and his family being harassed, including a drive-by shooting of their home.
Meanwhile, operating from a military airbase in Peshawar, Pakistan, Gary Powers, a pilot in the CIA’s top secret U-2 spy plane program, is shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the USSR. As the plane drops, he is unable to trigger the plane’s self-destruct before he is thrown clear and parachutes to safety. Instead of committing suicide as instructed, he is captured and sentenced in a show trial to ten years confinement, with three years in prison.
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