PG-13 | | Drama, History, Thriller
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.
German actor Sebastian Koch was cast as the petulant, devious East German lawyer Wolfgang Vogel, who represents Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (Mark Rylance)'s so-called family, and with whom James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) must discuss Abel's exchange. Vogel works for the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), which was not recognized by the American government of the U.S., but was desperately trying to become its own country. Steven Spielberg explained: "Nationalist East Germany was actually shaking their fists at the Soviets, saying, 'I know you feed and clothe us, and provide for us, but we are not your puppets." Donovan ends up trading Abel to two different parties: Vogel and the GDR for Frederic L. Pryor at Checkpoint Charlie and Ivan Schischkin and the Soviets for Francis Gary Powers at the Glienicke Bridge.
Francis Gary Powers has been released from prison in the Soviet Union, and turned over to American authorities early this morning in Berlin. The President has commuted the sentence of Rudolf Abel. Mr. Abel has been deported, and has been released in...
Abel calls Donovan 'Stoykiy muzhik', which he translates as 'standing man'. This translation is a bit misleading, and, really, incorrect. Correct translation would be resilient man, or tough man.
English, German, Russian
$15,371,203 (USA) (18 October 2015)
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