Bridge of Spies is a 2015 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. The film 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 theSoviet Union—in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a captive Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, where the spy exchange took place.
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 North America and distributed by 20th Century Fox in other territories.It received critical acclaim, receiving praise for its direction, screenplay, acting, and production merits: the film is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Rylance), and Best Original Screenplay.
- Tom Hanks as James B. Donovan
- Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel
- Scott Shepherd as 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
- Jesse Plemons as Murphy
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