Movie Review- Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies steven spielberg

Legendary film director Steven Spielberg brings us a historical Cold War drama in Bridge of Spies, based on the book of the same name, starring the brilliant actor Tom Hanks.

The film tells the true story of the arrest of Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy caught in the United States. He was defended by lawyer James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer who formally worked on the prosecution at the Nuremberg trials. Though he is found guilty, the judge sentences him to 3o years in prison for “insurance.”

Soon, Air Force pilot turned CIA photographer Francis Gary Powers is doing recon over the Soviet Union. His plane is shot down and he is captured. Some time later, an American student, Frederick Pryor is studying in East Berlin and is arrested by East Germany and is accused of being a spy. 

Donovan is tasked with negotiating a trade: Abel for Powers. However, when he hears about Pryor, he decides to try to negotiate a 2 for 1 deal despite CIA objections. 

Now, the film takes several liberties with timing and the progression of events, but tries its best to stay on point. It is brilliantly acted, the whole cast. They played their parts brilliantly and with Spielberg at the helm, I can see how this film was nominated for so many awards. 

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PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language and some violence

FAVORITE QUOTE: It doesn’t matter what others think. You know what you did.


  • Tom Hanks as James B. Donovan
  • Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel
  • Scott Shepherd as Agent Hoffman
  • Amy Ryan as Mary McKenna Donovan
  • Sebastian Koch as Wolfgang Vogel
  • Alan Alda as Thomas Watters
  • Austin Stowell as Francis Gary Powers
  • Billy Magnussen as Doug Forrester
  • Eve Hewson as Carol Donovan
  • Jillian Lebling as Peggy Donovan
  • Noah Schnapp as Roger Donovan
  • Jesse Plemons as Joe Murphy
  • Michael Gaston as Williams
  • Peter McRobbie as Allen Dulles
  • Domenick Lombardozzi as Agent Blasco
  • Will Rogers as Frederic Pryor
  • Dakin Matthews as Judge Mortimer W. Byers
  • Stephen Kunken as William Tompkins
  • Joshua Harto as Bates
  • Mark Zak as Soviet Judge
  • Edward James Hyland as Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • Mikhail Gorevoy as Ivan Schischkin
  • Burghart Klaußner as Harald Ott

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