Bridge of Spies | 2015

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Main Plot

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.


  • Tom Hanks plays James Donovan, a lawyer who defends a Soviet spy and later negotiates a prisoner exchange during the Cold War.
  • Mark Rylance's character in Bridge of Spies plays a crucial role as a Soviet spy who is captured and exchanged.
  • Alan Alda's character, Thomas Watters, plays a supportive role as a law partner and friend to Tom Hanks' character.

Ending Explained

In the ending of Bridge of Spies, James Donovan successfully negotiates the exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel for American pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was captured by the Soviets. Donovan returns to the United States and receives little recognition for his efforts. However, he is content with his decision to defend Abel and believes in the importance of upholding the Constitution. The film concludes with Donovan riding the subway, symbolizing his resilience and dedication to justice.

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Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks Mark Rylance Alan Alda