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John Schwartz

It's 1957 the height of the Cold War. There are spies everywhere in the U.S. and society is suffering from Red Scare fever.

It was a time of great distrust and fear. People were even building bomb shelters to escape the nuclear blast they believed was inevitable.

'Bridge Of Spies' directed brilliantly by Steven Spielberg is a true story about a Brooklyn insurance lawyer, Jim Donovan who believes in the constitution and that everyone, no matter what their political persuasion, deserves justice. When he is asked to defend a Russian spy, Rudolf Abel (the incredible Mark Rylance) he does everything in his power to make sure, that despite being a spy, this man gets a fair trial.

Of course that isn't going to happen considering the political climate. The trial is all about showing the world how democratic and fair we are. But along the way the two men develop a mutual respect and friendship with one another and Hanks takes the case to the Supreme Court. Of course he loses.

As the country turns against Donovan for trying to give Rudolf justice, he finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a secret unofficial near impossible mission...To negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot and arrange a prisoner exchange.

Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan and Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan's life into an exciting, tense, fascinating and at times humorous story about a man who risked everything to do the right thing.

'The Bridge Of Spies' which opens in theatre Friday October 16 is definitely an Oscar contender along with Hanks and Rylance. Do not miss it.

Check out my video to see how many bagels I gave this remarkable film...Hint...more than 4 1/2.

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