Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg directs this Cold War spy drama, co-written by the Coen brothers. Tom Hanks is a Brooklyn lawyer recruited by the CIA for a near-impossible task: negotiating the release of an American pilot detained by the Soviet Union. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident in which pilot Francis Gary Powers - who was shot down over Soviet land - was released in exchange for a captive KGB spy held under the custody of the United States.

Best Supporting Actor (Rylance) at the 2016 Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards
2015Rating: M, Violence and offensive language141 minsUSA
DramaThrillerWarHistorical
Director:
Steven Spielberg ('Jaws', 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Schindler's List', 'Catch Me If You Can')
Writer:
Ethan CoenJoel CoenMatt Charman
Cast:
Tom HanksAmy RyanAlan AldaEve HewsonMark RylanceBilly Magnussen
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want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

While the helmer’s myth-making approach makes for great Capra-esque entertainment, younger auds may find it terribly old-fashioned...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A deeply satisfying Cold War spy thriller that feels more subdued than usual for the director...

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A handsome and mature entertainment, rich with novelistic intrigue, that asks for very little in exchange for its rewards.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Like most of Mr. Spielberg's films, a consummate entertainment that sweeps you up with pure cinema.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Has a brassy and justified confidence in its own narrative flair.

5.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

May be a snooze to the ADD crowd allergic to historical drama, but it's dished out by experts.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A consummate professional's tribute to a gifted amateur, a smooth entertainment with a strong but subtle political subtext that's both potent and unexpected.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Entertaining and thought provoking... gives real historical events a human face, and rates as a surprising crowd pleaser in the process.

0

A very entertaining and wonderfully performed film from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg once again. With a run time of 141 minutes I was expecting it to drag and become rather boring but luckily I was mistaken. Tom Hanks once again is magnificent and has exceptional delivery of his script which was written by the Coen Brothers which surprised me when the...

4.0
0

Very Academy and very Spielberg. I just wonder that kind of patriotism is too much of a biase by itself.

4.0
0

I really enjoyed this it is a good historical spy drama. I have found it worth going to each Spielberg movie as he generally delivers. If you are looking for explosions and lots of gunfire you will be disappointed. If you enjoy good suspenseful drama that is well acted and directed (with a good narrative) then go see this.

4.0
0

A spy film in the tradition of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with an unashamedly 'Murrican sensibility, this inspired-by-true-events Cold War drama is also a total masterclass in filmmaking from Steven Spielberg and regular DP Janusz Kaminski - not to mention the Coen brothers' contribution to the screenplay: their trademark brand of sardonic humour, combined...

4.0
0

Spielberg is so great at creating the look and feel of other times and places, in this case the US and East Germany at the height of the Cpld War. A thoroughly absorbing script, and great actors make his one of his best.

4.0
0

When a story needs to be told against the backdrop of a volatile world in the heart of the Cold War who better to turn to than two legends of the silver screen in Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Add the storytelling brilliance of the Coen brothers and Hollywood has a sure fire winner when it comes to 'Bridge of Spies'. With recent tensions again being...

4.0
0

The Wednesday Loafers finally got our act together again and 7 of us went to a preview screening of "Bridge of Spies" today. This movie comes with great credentials - directed by Steven Speilberg; screenplay written by the Coen Brothers; starring Tom Hanks. The plot is largely based on a true story involving the spy exchange of a Soviet spy for Gary Powers,...

4.0
0

An utterly outstanding film with stunning performances from both Tom Hanks as the ordinary, everyday man Donovan and Mark Rylance in an underplayed but career defining performance as the accused Soviet agent Abel. Wonderfully paced with tension beautifully built by Spielberg as your heart is left pounding in your mouth in the closing scenes of the film....

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

While the helmer’s myth-making approach makes for great Capra-esque entertainment, younger auds may find it terribly old-fashioned...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A deeply satisfying Cold War spy thriller that feels more subdued than usual for the director...

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A handsome and mature entertainment, rich with novelistic intrigue, that asks for very little in exchange for its rewards.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Like most of Mr. Spielberg's films, a consummate entertainment that sweeps you up with pure cinema.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Has a brassy and justified confidence in its own narrative flair.

5.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

May be a snooze to the ADD crowd allergic to historical drama, but it's dished out by experts.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A consummate professional's tribute to a gifted amateur, a smooth entertainment with a strong but subtle political subtext that's both potent and unexpected.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Entertaining and thought provoking... gives real historical events a human face, and rates as a surprising crowd pleaser in the process.

0

A very entertaining and wonderfully performed film from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg once again. With a run time of 141 minutes I was expecting it to drag and become rather boring but luckily I was mistaken. Tom Hanks once again is magnificent and has exceptional delivery of his script which was written by the Coen Brothers which surprised me when the...

4.0
0

Very Academy and very Spielberg. I just wonder that kind of patriotism is too much of a biase by itself.

4.0
0

I really enjoyed this it is a good historical spy drama. I have found it worth going to each Spielberg movie as he generally delivers. If you are looking for explosions and lots of gunfire you will be disappointed. If you enjoy good suspenseful drama that is well acted and directed (with a good narrative) then go see this.

4.0
0

A spy film in the tradition of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with an unashamedly 'Murrican sensibility, this inspired-by-true-events Cold War drama is also a total masterclass in filmmaking from Steven Spielberg and regular DP Janusz Kaminski - not to mention the Coen brothers' contribution to the screenplay: their trademark brand of sardonic humour,...

4.0
0

Spielberg is so great at creating the look and feel of other times and places, in this case the US and East Germany at the height of the Cpld War. A thoroughly absorbing script, and great actors make his one of his best.

4.0
0

When a story needs to be told against the backdrop of a volatile world in the heart of the Cold War who better to turn to than two legends of the silver screen in Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Add the storytelling brilliance of the Coen brothers and Hollywood has a sure fire winner when it comes to 'Bridge of Spies'. With recent tensions again being...

4.0
0

The Wednesday Loafers finally got our act together again and 7 of us went to a preview screening of "Bridge of Spies" today. This movie comes with great credentials - directed by Steven Speilberg; screenplay written by the Coen Brothers; starring Tom Hanks. The plot is largely based on a true story involving the spy exchange of a Soviet spy for Gary...

4.0
0

An utterly outstanding film with stunning performances from both Tom Hanks as the ordinary, everyday man Donovan and Mark Rylance in an underplayed but career defining performance as the accused Soviet agent Abel. Wonderfully paced with tension beautifully built by Spielberg as your heart is left pounding in your mouth in the closing scenes of the film....

5.0
0