Bridge of Spies

An unsuspecting lawyer becomes the bridge between American and Soviet relations in a tense situation during the Cold War.

Overall B+

Lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place when he is recruited by the CIA to defend a Soviet spy (Mark Rylance) in the hopes of negotiating the release of a captured American pilot. This movie is directed by Steven Spielberg.

Release date October 16, 2015

Violence C
Sexual Content A
Profanity D+
Substance Use C

Why is Bridge of Spies rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Bridge of Spies PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language.

Run Time: 142 minutes

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Bridge of Spies
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Bridge of Spies rated PG-13? Bridge of Spies is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some violence and brief strong language.

Violence: A short scene (shot from a distance) depicts people attempting to scale the Berlin Wall and being shot as they do so. A girl is sitting in her home when suddenly bullets begin ripping through windows and walls. A captured military pilot is shown being subjected to forceful interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation and being splashed with cold water. Military personnel are briefed on using a suicide device should they be captured. Law enforcement officers forcefully enter a person’s apartment. A pilot’s plane is shot down—the tense scene has him plummeting to the ground while attempting to eject from the aircraft. Scenes depict soldiers harassing, interrogating and restraining people. Verbal altercations are heard.

Sexual Content: People embrace and kiss.

Language: A sexual expletive is uttered twice. Infrequent scatological and other mild profanities are used, along with terms of deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Frequent portrayals of tobacco and alcohol use are shown in a historical context.

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Bridge of Spies
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence.
Alberta PG Coarse Language.
Manitoba PG Not Recommeded for Young Children,Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Violence, Tobacco Use.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

Bridge of Spies is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks, Billy Magnussen, Amy Ryan, Eve Hewson.

Bridge of Spies was perviously titled, Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller.

Learn more about the real people this movie is based on:
James B. Donavon
Francis Gary Powers
Rudolph Able

Learn more about the Cold War.

From the Studio:
“Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, 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. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.© DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Bridge of Spies movie is February 2, 2016. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Bridge of Spies
Release Date: 2 February 2016
Bridge of Spies releases to home video (Blu-ray) with the following extras:
- “Berlin 1961: Re-creating The Divide” - Experience the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and Frederic Pryor’s arrest through a mix of archival imagery, behind-the-scenes moments and firsthand accounts.
- “U-2 Spy Plane” - Witness the making of the spectacular U-2 plane crash sequence with archival voiceover by U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, and a cameo by his son, Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
- “Spy Swap: Looking Back On The Final Act” - Relive a page of Cold War history on the Glienicke Bridge while shooting the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.
- “A Case Of The Cold War: Bridge of Spies” - Delve deeper into the film’s characters and the real-life people on whom they’re based, and discover why the history behind “Bridge Of Spies” still resonates today.

Related home video titles:

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and The Hunt for Red October are other movies set during the cold war. In The Conspirator, another lawyer struggles to give his client a fair trail when she is implicated in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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