Bridge Of Spies

Although attorney Jim Donovan fails to win the freedom of accused spy Rudolf Abel in court, history presents him with another opportunity. At great personal risk, he goes to Cold War Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange for the release of captured U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers. This film explores the Cold War, the U-2 incident, the Berlin Wall, and constitutional issues of major importance.


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Bridge of Spies is useful for U.S. History, specifically teaching about the Cold War.

Film runtime: 2 hours and 22 minutes.

Film rating: PG-13. Common Sense Media also rates Bridge of Spies appropriate for ages 13+.

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Bridge of Spies Discussion Guide

The Cold War
The U-2 Program
Jim Donovan, Attorney-at-Law
The Case of Rudolf Abel
Going to Berlin
Implications for Today
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