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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Running Time: 2 hrs, 15 min
To learn more about Bridge of Spies, visit - www.bridgeofspies.com