Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

DVD - 2016
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James Donovan is a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Publisher: [United States] : Buena Vista Home Entertaiment/Touchstone Home Entertainment, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9786316271976
6316271972
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA BRID
Characteristics: 1 video disc (141 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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firefly5
Dec 03, 2017

Fantastic movie. I have watched this twice. Outstanding acting by Tom Hanks, as the lawyer, James Donovan and Mark Rylance, as Rudolf Abel. Based on a true story that took place during the time of the Cold War. Rudolf Able was convicted of espionage in 1957. Due to the skill of Donovan, his lawyer, he escaped the death penalty. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Frances Gary Powers was flying a U2 spy plane that was brought down over the Soviet Union in 1960. A prisoner exchange was negotiated by James Donovan.

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cheriein57
Nov 13, 2017

Excellent movie! Definitely one of Tom Hanks' best.

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Conrad_11
Oct 01, 2017

Outstanding cinema. Spielberg at his best. Hanks at his best. It's a movie where you feel the characters are real people. Not to miss.

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redworc
Sep 01, 2017

A very good movie. Tom Hanks gives his usual stellar performance. Interesting that it is based on a true story.

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Aevets
Aug 10, 2017

A very good movie. Having lived through the times depicted it was good to see the attention to detail. The scene of the U2 pilots being told to kill themselves seemed unbelievable until I remember being on an AF base as a kid and the entire flight line was closed down and all unnecessary personnel were take off of the airfield because one of those planes had to make an emergency landing and no one was supposed to see it. Cold war paranoia really did exists as shown in the movie. Good acting all around worth the time even though it starts slow.

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downsman
Aug 09, 2017

I thought this a thought -provoking film which does demonstrate the mutual distrust evidenced by the great powers of the era, and also reminds us that the East Germans, while dominated by the Soviets, were anxious to maintain at least a semblance of autonomy or sovereignty . It held my attention throughout without any real violence or any gunfire involving the central characters, or much "action" of any sort--just solid plotting, dialogue, directing, and acting. One nice touch I thought was when Tom Hanks' character sees some boys climbing over a fence late in the film, and looks profoundly sad, reminding the viewer of a scene much earlier in the film. (And I suppose that, while anyone can comment on what they like in this forum, IMO it's not really the place for an ideological or political soapbox, so I have confined myself to the film itself, unlike one or two others :-) ).

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AQUILEA777
Jul 27, 2017

Shows the Cold War anti-Russian paranoia -- the same paranoia that Democrats are trying to revive today. In the current version, Hillary was undone by the Russians -- not by her own corruption and warmongering, her smearing of women whom Bill had assaulted, and her campaign against straight White males ("deplorables").
--- The film depicts the contempt for law of CIA founder Allen Dulles and his agents. While part of the Warren Commssion (covering up JFK's assassination), Dulles said that a "good" CIA agent will lie under oath.
--- Around the time of the events in the film, Air Force chief Curtis LeMay urged JFK to launch a surprise nuclear strike on the USSR and China: we could kill 140 million while losing only 30 million. Pentagon pressure for such a catastrophe depressed JFK (see his American U. speech). He famously said he wanted to shatter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter them to the winds. But the Agency and its allies struck first.
--- During the Vietnam War, we were told, "Better dead than Red." Communism would win out unless we risked nuclear war, and being nuked was better than living under Communism. This kind of crazy thinking is where the anti-Trumpists are trying to lead the public now.
--- In 2002-2003, our intelligence leaders vouched for the lie that Saddam Hussein had WMD that endangered America -- when in fact he had no effective weapons at all. This was their excuse to destroy Iraq and other Muslim countries, producing the overwhelming deluge of refugees.
--- In 2013, spy chief James Clapper lied under oath to Congress, to hide NSA spying on millions of Americans. Exposed later, he justified it: US spymasters are supposed to lie. Clapper seems to be the main source of the current Russian-meddling conspiracy theory. Trump's plan to conciliate with Moscow contradicted the CIA/Pentagon/armsmaker drive for bigger wars.
--- Democrats extol the latest CIA mythmaking. They think they have finally found an effective way to attack Trump. A new McCarthyite mentality now dominates the Liberal media -- the same media that once fought against McCarthyism.
--- If you want to go back to Cold War anti-Russian hysteria, just to get Trump, see this film first.

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DawnWhite
Jul 09, 2017

Very good movie. Kept my attention throughout. Tom Hanks is great, once again!

A solid suspense movie. Hanks is good but his client (Mark Rylance) is awesome and deservedly won his Oscar for it.

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lisacapararo
Jun 02, 2017

Fantastic movie! Would definitely recommend, especially for the history buffs. 👍

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behere
Aug 29, 2016

Wolfgang Vogel played by Sebastian Koch: Every accident, properly viewed, is an opportunity.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2016

Judge: Wow. That sounds like spinning what-ifs. You could do that till the cows come home.
Donovan: It's my business, what-ifs. I'm in insurance. And there's nothing implausible about this one. It's entirely in the realm of what could happen. It's the kind of probability that people buy insurance for. If we send this guy to his death, we leave ourselves wide open. No policy in our back pocket for the day the storm comes.
Judge: Nice speech.
Donovan: Sir, there is also the humanitarian argument. Should he die for doing the job they sent him to do?
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Donovan: You don't seem alarmed.
Abel: Would it help?
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Donovan: Do you never worry?
Abel: Would it help?
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Abel: Well, the boss isn't always right but he's always the boss.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2016

Donovan: Yick Wo v. Hopkins. The court held that even aliens, in that case Chinese immigrants, could not be held to answer for a crime without due process of law, including any alien that entered the country illegally.
Judge: The Department of Justice has its first allegiance to the United States. I don't see how an alien, if he's here illegally, how he suffered deprivation of rights. Rights as what? An American? Rights as what, Counselor? We're in a battle for civilization. This Russian spy came here to threaten our way of life. Now, I have a courtroom of people waiting. Get out there, sit beside the Russian. Let's get this over and done with. And your motion is denied.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2016

Donovan: I know this man. If the charge is true, he serves a foreign power but he serves it faithfully. If he is a soldier in the opposing army, he is a good soldier. He has not fled the field of battle to save himself. Donovan: He has refused to serve his captor. He has refused to betray his cause. He has refused to take the coward's way out. The coward must abandon his dignity before he abandons the field of battle. That, Rudolf Abel will never do. Shouldn't we, by giving him the full benefit of the rights that define our system of government, show this man who we are? Who we are. Is that not the greatest weapon we have in this Cold War? Will we stand by our cause less resolutely than he stands by his?

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