Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Blu-ray Disc - 2016 | Blu-ray version, widescreen version
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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] : Touchstone Home Entertainment : DreamWorks Pictures, [2016]
Edition: Blu-ray version, widescreen version
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY B DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 141 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,5.1 Dolby Digital
video file,Blu-Ray,1080p High Definition,regions A, B, C

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"This dramatization of prisoner exchange negotiations following the capture of a US spy plane pilot in USSR territory kept me on the edge of my seat. Mark Rylant's superb and understated performance as the Soviet spy who is the US prisoner to be exchanged, won an Academy Award for Best Actor... Read More »


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SAPL454
May 30, 2019

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PERF

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

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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!

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flub
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.

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jeffi22
Nov 11, 2018

A little slow for me

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greatflicks
Oct 15, 2018

A wonderful movie.

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whiteturtles
Sep 13, 2018

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

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klimekk
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

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P58Jackson
Jun 03, 2018

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

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tenet
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.

Recommended.

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patch666
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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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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