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Rated PG-13 · 135 min. · 2015

Drama, Suspense/Thriller

In Steven Spielberg’s true-story spy film, co-written by Ethan and Joel Coen, Berlin’s Glienicke Bridge is the site of the 1962 prisoner trade involving captured American spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) and convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). At first, it plays out like To Kill a Mockingbird, with attorney James Donovan (Tom Hanks) as a Cold War Atticus Finch, defending the vilified Abel before later negotiating the prisoner swap. Donovan is righteous, droll and likable. In other words, he’s Tom Hanks. Rylance shapes a reed-thin role into an award-worthy performance. Seeing Germans being gunned down trying to scale the Berlin Wall indicts today’s immigration debates, and the legal plight of Abel alludes to our current treatment of “enemy combatants.” The U-2 overflights of yesterday are the drones of today. This modern relevance is enhanced by grand, sometimes sentimental filmmaking. That this will be regarded as minor Spielberg testifies to his enduring talent.

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Alan Alda


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