Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Spies use hollow Jefferson nickel and modified US peace dollar
The 2015 Amblin-Dreamworks-Disney film "Bridge Of Spies" is about the exchange between the
United States and Soviet Union for two spies and the work of New York lawyer James Donovan
in arranging the exchange.
while the American spy Francis Powers carries a Peace silver dollar with an attached poison needle.
Soviet spy Rudolf Abel has been working in the United States for several years.
2. Abel painting self-portrait
The spy network uses hollow Jefferson nickels to pass information.
3. Hollow nickel
Although not shown in the film, one of these nickels ended up with a newspaper seller, who dropped it,
the nickel opened, and the seller called the police.
4. Abel busted
James Donovan is a New York lawyer with international experience.
He is asked by the United States to be Abel's defense attorney.
5. Donovan receives request
The FBI shows Donovan what they found in Abel's apartment when they searched it without a search warrant.
6. The evidence
Donovan defends Abel the best he can and the men become friends.
The trial judge refuses questions about search warrants and such things.
A jury convicts Abel and he is sentenced to prison.
which can fly over Russia at 70,000 feet altitude and take pictures.
7. U2 pilots get briefed
The pilots will carry lots of equipment, including silver dollars which have poison needles in them.
8. Special dollar with needle
The silver dollar is of the "Peace" variety, made from 1921 to 1935.
9. Shot down
A Russian missle explodes and Powers ejects from the aircraft.
He is captured and put on trial in Russia as a spy.
10. Powers on trial
Powers is convicted and sent to prison.
11. Donovan asked again
It is 1961 and Donovan has another job, this time to arrange for the exchange of the spies.
Another American, a student named Frederic Pryor, arrested by the East Germans, is to be included.
He heads for Berlin, Germany.
12. East Berlin
The city stills shows damage from World War II, and supposedly the Russians will not allow
the East Germans to rebuild their part of the city.
13. Donovan arrives at Russian Embassy
Donovan meets a Russian offical who is also the chief of the local spy network.
14. Donovan meets the Russian official
They agree to the swap but will not include Pryor.
Donovan contacts an East German offical about Pryor.
15. Donovan meets the East German official
While Donovan is working, Powers is still being questioned in Russia.
The Russians are curious about the silver dollar needle.
16. Powers asked about needle
Donovan believes that he has the three-way agreement and returns to the Russian Embassy.
He has a more formal meeting with the Russian official.
17. More formal meeting
A photograph of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev dominates the room.
18. Driving through Berlin
Finally the exchange is arranged and is to be done at the Glienicker Bridge which crosses the Havel river
and links Berlin and Potsdam.
19. The exchange on the bridge
The agreement calls for the East Germans to release Pryor nearby and the Abel-Powers exchange
to occur on the bridge.
20. Two spies walk to their sides
Mission accomplished, Donovan flies home.
21. Donovan arrives home
He is real tired and goes up to the bedroom.
His children are watching television when a news story announces the exchange and gives Donovan's name.
22. Donovan named on television
His wife now knows what he has been up to.
Tom Hanks as James B. Donovan
Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel
Alan Alda as Thomas Watters Jr.
Amy Ryan as Mary Donovan
Austin Stowell as Francis Gary Powers
Will Rogers as Frederic Pryor
Writers: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen