Category Archives: 2015 Bridge of Spies

2015 Bridge of Spies

Venue: cinema
Legal Pops: insurance lawyer, criminal defense, hated lawyerEdward James Hyland as Chief Justice Earl Warren.

Directed by Steven Spielberg

From the website: “A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn 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. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.”


From Wikipedia: “Donovan, a lawyer who specializes in insurance settlements, is asked by his partners to take on Abel’s defense: he must be seen to get a fair trial to reduce the incident’s value as Soviet propaganda. He meets with Abel in prison, where Abel agrees to accept his help, though he steadfastly refuses to admit guilt or cooperate with the US government.

Although Donovan takes his work seriously, no one – including the prosecuting attorneys, the judge, his firm, or even his own family – expects him to actually seek an acquittal. His efforts are met with shock and anger by the American public, he is deluged with hate mail, and an attempt is made on his life, but he continues to fight.”

Tom Hanks: “I’m an insurance lawyer.”


ABA Journal – October 15, 2015 – “With a self-assured attorney squarely at the helm, director Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies leaps from the shadows straight to the courtroom, then to the battlefield and back again, never once wavering from firmly held beliefs in democracy, diplomacy and the rule of law—which is why this is a film to watch, especially for lawyers.”