Bridge of Spies Sunday, 05 April 2020

Bridge of Spies

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    More than Abel.

  • Starring:

    Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Scott Shepherd, Edward James Hyland, Austin Stowell, Will Rogers, Sebastian Koch

  • Directed by:

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time:

    141 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    A family is shot, a house is shot several times (property damage). People are detained, elbowed, interrogated/dowsed with water/sleep deprived, intimidated/threatened, mugged. Children watch footage of an atomic bomb blast (mushroom cloud, buildings damaged). Aircraft fired upon/shot; breaks apart. Door rammed, apartment searched, crockery accidentally smashed. A man recalls when his father, mother and a family friend were beaten. Speeding. Ruined buildings seen. Soldiers, tanks, military aircraft seen. Suicide (military) discussed. Car/motorcycle accidents, homicidal wife (comic), the Rosenbergs, nuclear secrets, electric chair, hanging, [human] remains, man died in heli crash, Fidel Castro, Cuban Missile Crisis mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: Shot bodies fall from a wall.


    Man in underwear.


    Alcohol (spirits, wine, cocktail). Smoking (cigarettes, pipe). Pins soaked in poison seen.


    F-words, sonofabitch. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    James B Donovan, Rudolf Abel, Cold War, espionage, government operatives, FBI, CIA, justice, traitors, intelligence gathering, attorney-client privilege, national security, scare tactics, prisoner exchange, the Berlin Wall, Francis Gary Powers, Frederic Pryor, due process.


    Jail, courtroom, bar, plane settings. False teeth seen, snot, nose-wiping. Meatloaf served. Some Russian (translation) and German (no translation) languages. Inspired by true events.


    Cofident, brassy, magnificent, uncynical, satisfying, nail-biting, wily, absorbing, intriguing, tense, riveting, slick, poignant, classicist, engaging, compelling, smart. Assured/satisfying/charming performance by Tom Hanks, subtle/fascinating performance by Mark Rylance, excellent/crackling/ebullient screenplay, near-wordless prologue, impeccable period reconstruction, rich production design, captivating cinematography, streamlined editing, terrific filmmaking.


    Touches of sentimentality/melodrama, unsubtle score.

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