Note: I remember when U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down….scary!
The FBI captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel (Oscar Winner, Mark Rylance).
As a show of justice to the world, a very capable but reluctant insurance lawyer, James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is assigned to defend Abel. But, the U.S. Gov’t is hell bent on convicting, then executing, Abel and the defense effort is a sham.
But, Donovan is more stubborn and diligent than expected and puts up a strong defense (becoming hated in the process). Even though he loses the case, he does convince the gov’t to keep Abel alive in case he is needed to swap for one of our spies. In the middle of a “Cold War” this is very likely to happen in the near future.
Sure enough, Donovan was right! A U2 spy plane pilot, F. Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) was shot down and captured. The Russian’s would like to swap Abel for Powers. The U.S. Gov’t wants this to happen as well, but, they can’t outwardly do it, so they “ask” Donovan to do it. He agrees with one condition: A student who was captured as the Berlin wall was being built, must also be released.
“Bridge of Spies” is a terrific real-life spy story. Donovan is a hero that hardly anyone knows. The legal machinations needed to make the swap a reality are intriguing. Tom Hanks and (BFG) Mark Rylance give Oscar winning performances. Oh yeah, Rylance won an Oscar!
For those who think a wall is a good idea, either keeping people IN or OUT, should watch this movie to get a reality check on their perspective. Lori visited relatives in East Berlin when she was a kid. The Berlin Wall, and the armed guards in the turrets who would kill you in an instant, made a huge impression on her that remains to this day. A constitutionally free society would not do this.
Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on Xfinity or Netflix (Getting old…..haha).
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