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Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies is a Cold War drama set in the early 1960s and is based on a true story.  Insurance lawyer Jim Donovan is asked to defend Rudolf Abel, a foreigner who has been arrested as a spy and is about to go on trial.  The Americans want to be seen giving Rudolf a fair trial, although a less than guilty verdict from the jury is not acceptable.  Jim’s initial reluctance is overcome as he meets Rudolf and works as any good defence lawyer should; examining the evidence, challenging the search warrant, and eventually reasoning with the Judge to negotiate life imprisonment, rather than the death penalty.  In a parallel story, US Airman Francis Gary Powers, is shot down and captured whilst flying spy missions for the CIA.  He is interrogated by the Russians and the two narratives intertwine as Jim is sent to Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange; swapping the Russian spy Rudolf Abel, for American Powers.  But just to throw a spanner in the works, American Economics student Frederic Pryor, is arrested by the East Germans as a suspected spy, just as the Berlin wall is erected.  The Germans want in on the action and Jim has another American citizen’s life on his conscience. Continue reading

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