The story is based on one of the great incidents of The Cold War and the exchange of Francis Gary Powers, a crashed U2 pilot, with one of the highest prized Russian spies of the era, Rudolf Abel. It’s a simple story. Talk to the Russians and sort out the exchange. It was the first, of many, exchanges on the Bridge of Spies.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, BRIDGE OF SPIES is a dramatic thriller which tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn insurance claims 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.