Bridge of Spies Screening Panel with Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg #BridgeofSpies

During an early screening for DreamWorks Pictures’ BRIDGE OF SPIES (opening in theaters nationwide on October 16th, 2015), I attended a special live Q&A panel with none other than legendary director Steven Spielberg and Oscar winner Tom Hanks!

Bridge of Spies Screening and Panel Interview with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

Note: I was invited as media to the screening. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Written by Christina Chin, who's hip, fashionable and located in New York City.

After the movie, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks appeared for a Q&A panel to answer questions submitted through Twitter by fans worldwide. Spielberg and Hanks have a great friendship and rapport and I realize Hanks is bit of a jokester!


During the panel Spielberg and Hanks talked about their favorites moments in the movie. Watch the video to hear what they shared.


Bridge of Spies Screening and Panel Interview with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

Spielberg and Hanks also shared about the first time they met. It was during the making of The Money Pit movie. They became friends long before working together professionally as director and actor.

Bridge of Spies Screening

Movie Review


If you've seen past Spielberg/Hanks movie collaborations (Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal) than you know Bridge of Spies is going to be a quality movie with top notch acting and I'm happy to say it delivers.

Bridge of Spies Movie with Tom Hanks
Bridge of Spies Movie with Tom Hanks

The period espionage drama has some thrilling and warm chuckle moments as it tells a story based on true events and real people during the height of the Cold War. James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is a Brooklyn insurance lawyer given the task to defend suspected Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) in a court of law and then given the mission to carefully negotiate a swap to save downed pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) from Soviet custody as well as college student Frederic Pryor (Will Rogers) from the East Germans.

Bridge of Spies Movie with Tom Hanks

I really love the fact this is based on true events and real people, after the movie I wanted to read up on James Donovan, a man confident in his negotiation skills and ended up serving JFK in future negotiations for prisoner releases in Bay of Pigs. Fascinating story!

Bridge of Spies Movie with Tom Hanks

I definitely recommend watching this movie if you like history, period dramas and just good quality storytelling. I do have to mention that in the beginning of the movie there are some shaky hand held camera scenes in some chase sequences that did make me a little headache-y, but I am very sensitive to motion sickness!



Movie Synopsis:


During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative (Scott Shepherd) to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man's freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get convicted spy Rudolf Abel, who Donovan defended in court years earlier.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Austin Stowell, Sebastian Koch
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Mark E. Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
Screenplay: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hrs, 15 min

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18 comments:

  1. This movie sounds right up my husband's alley. And seriously, Tom Hanks is an AWESOME actor.

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  2. I have heard about this movie but have yet to watch it, it does look really good though

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  3. I am obsessed with Tom Hanks- I cannot wait to see this! I'm telling hubby to put it on my list!

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  4. I think this would be a really good movie to see with friends. Tom Hanks is a great actor.

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  5. How exciting to have this interview. I look forward to the movie.

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  6. Lucky you to be able to do this interview. Congrats!

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  7. I'm really interested in this movie because I love movies that have an old setting. Aside from that, the story is pretty great too!

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  8. I absolutely LOVE Tom Hanks. I think he's one of the best actors around, and will definitely see anything with him in it!

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  9. Sounds like an interesting movie my hubby would surely love this. and congrats to you for the interview.

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  10. I havent even heard of this, i have no idea how I missed it but I love tom hanks! Were going to have to see this one.

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  11. How exciting to be a part of this event! Tom Hanks is so amazing. I love his work and will have to check this out too.

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  12. I love Tom Hanks! This sounds like an awesome movie. I would love to see this.

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  13. I like when movies are based on a true event too. This sounds like a good one.

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  14. I'm sure my hubby would love this movie, it is so nice too, that all cast are there in interview.

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  15. This movie looks good and worth watching. It's on to watch list.

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  16. I cannot wait to see this movie! I love Tom Hanks!

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  17. wow, good for you! I would love to watch this movie.

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  18. I loved this movie but I was positively green with nausea by the end. The way that much of the movie was filmed was horrible for people who get "movie sick". All in all, I'm glad I suffered through the nausea, though. The movie was that good.

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