Cold War incident saw the world stand still

Undated Film Still Handout from BRIDGE OF SPIES. Pictured: Tom Hanks as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan and Mark Rylance as Soviet agent Rudolf Abel. See PA Feature FILM Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Jaap Buitendijk/DreamWorks. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from BRIDGE OF SPIES. Pictured: Tom Hanks as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan and Mark Rylance as Soviet agent Rudolf Abel. See PA Feature FILM Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Jaap Buitendijk/DreamWorks. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Reviews.

In the 1950s and early 60s the Cold War was raging, nuclear bunkers were being built around the world as East and West were afraid that one of them might drop the H-bomb on the other.

The world was very tense with spies on both sides gathering, collecting and passing secret information to the other side. Then the inevitable happened, the Russians shot down an American spy plane!

With terrific craftsmanship and pure storytelling gusto, Steven Spielberg has dramatised this true-life Cold War story and the spy-swap drama that followed with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance in the lead roles.

But Spielberg, with his gift for telling the story as it is, uncovers decency and moral courage amidst all the Realpolitik. He works from an excellent screenplay by up-and-coming British dramatist Matt Charman, a script punched up in recognisable places by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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