“Bridge of Spies” is a dramatic thriller inspired by the true events of lawyer James Donovan. It all started when writer Matt Charman stumbled upon the name James Donoavan as a footnote in John F. Kennedy’s biography. James Donovan was an American lawyer sent to Cuba by President Kennedy to negotiate the release of 1,113 prisoners.
This story peaked Matt Charman’s interest and he began researching James Donovan. He was surprised to learn that prior to his accomplishments in Cuba, James Donovan was also involved in a high-profile case against a Soviet agent during the Cold War. The movie “Bridge of Spies” explores this time in James Donovan’s life.
Never underestimate the importance of insurance, the suspenseful Steven Spielberg movie “Bridge of Spies” is a great movie for those that enjoy dramatic movies based on historic events. Tom Hanks is the perfect actor to play the cool and confident James Donovan.
Bridge of Spies was nominated for multiple Oscars for:
- Best Picture
- Actor in a Supporting Role, Mark Rylance (of which he won!!)
- Music – Original Score
- Production Design
- Sound Mixing
- Writing – Original Screenplay
- A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war. This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.
- U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film
- SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.
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