Tom Hanks plays lawyer James Donovan, who is hired by the CIA to negotiate the release of a U.S. spy plane pilot shot down over Russia. In a dramatic moment featured in a new trailer, he makes clear to a smirking CIA agent he’s playing by the rules
The rules, he points out, are better known as the U.S. Constitution. Three cheers for America.
Steven Spielberg directs and co-stars include Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Alan Alda.
The tense drama is based on actual events. U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the old Soviet Union by a surface to air missile in 1960.
It became a major international incident, dramatically increasings Cold War tensions to the brink of war.
Prior to his near impossible mission, Donovan is an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn. He has little experience in complex negotiations, and reluctantly takes the job.
As it turns out, Donovan is a former prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals following World War II. He shows incredible resolve
without compromising his integrity or the values reflected in the historic document that binds us as a nation.
The clips reflect the often delicate and diplomatic nature of behind-the-scenes negotiations juxtaposed against the saber-rattling and table pounding propaganda campaigns by both nations.
Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen and Joel Coen based the script on the Powers incident.
Not since his courtroom drama in the 1993 film “Philadelphia,” has Hanks acted in such a superbly nuanced film role.
“Bridge of Spies” hits theaters Oct. 16.
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