Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Blu-ray Disc - 2016 | Blu-ray version.
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During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Burbank : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2016.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Bridg
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Described video for the visually impaired.


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A gripping cold-war era drama based on the 1960 U-2 incident and the subsequent trading of wartime prisoners.

It's the Americans vs. the Soviets in this Cold War era film.

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May 30, 2019



One daredevil of a spy thriller, thoughtfully conceived and executed!


PG, 13+

The Cold War would have turned out the same if we had dropped out of the spy business, which only affects the smallest fringes of the real conflict. As an example, when the Berlin Wall fell, the CIA was watching CNN to find out about it, just like everybody else. They had just finished predicting that Soviet Russia would be bigger and badder next year and into the future forever, and they were totally wrong. Spies make for good movies, though, and this is one. But, no gunfights, explosions, car chases, superheroes, or sex. Tough luck, millennials!

Dec 14, 2018

A quite captivating historical drama set during the tense Cold War era. Lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) must defend an alleged Russian spy, and eventually gets whisked into a task far bigger than he ever imagined. On the other side of the world Soviet forces capture spy pilot Francis Powers and hold him captive. German soldiers apprehend Frederic Pryor at the Berlin Wall. Two Americans held captive in Communist Europe and a Soviet in the States. Donovan must negotiate an exchange. 

It's a pretty well done film. Spielberg takes on a bit of a different directive voice in his historical dramas, but the sense of his handiwork is still faintly present, just not as much as his more fantastical films. Thomas Newman's score is not too prevalent, but when a cue does emerge it does it's job and suits the part. Good stuff is the consensus.

Nov 11, 2018

A little slow for me

Oct 15, 2018

A wonderful movie.

Sep 13, 2018

Loved it!! Just a darn good story and characters!!

Sep 01, 2018

For me (and I came from communist site) it is a lesson given by Spiellberg how important is to be decent - no matter what arguments are against
there is why in Poland Solidarity was born and why decent people oppose what is going on now
there were decent people on both sites: communist regime and democratic opposition, there is why the walls fell down later in 1989
on the other site - we see Donovan, who understood that principle long time ago

Jun 03, 2018

Pretty reasonable portrayal of the Cold War and some of the things as well as mentality that went on.

Apr 07, 2018

Rated 8/10. I thought this was a pretty decent story of the Powers U-2 incident, and subsequent trade with a Soviet spy.

Good acting all around.


Apr 02, 2018

OK spy film but I have been tired of Tom Hanks "golly shucks" acting style for a long time >> He plays Tom Hanks not the character >> Better to watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy over and over than this . But its still an interesting film with good location and cold war setting ~ 420

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Aug 29, 2016

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

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?
Donovan: You don't seem alarmed.
Abel: Would it help?
Donovan: Do you never worry?
Abel: Would it help?
Abel: Well, the boss isn't always right but he's always the boss.

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.

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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