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Cold War spy thriller at library

Posted on: May 15, 2016

It is the late 1950’s and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union is in full throttle. In New York, Rudolf Abel is arrested and accused being a spy for the Soviets. Then Francis Gary Powers is captured by the Soviets after they shoot down the U-2 spy plane he is piloting. Finally, Frederic L. Pryor, an American student, is caught on the wrong side of the Berlin wall and imprisoned.

This Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Stephen Spielberg’s film, Bridge of Spies, full of drama and great acting with a script written by the Coen brothers. Running time is 142 minutes and the film is rated PG-13. Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks star.

James B. Donavan (Hanks) is a lawyer recruited by the U.S. government to defend Rudolf Abel (Rylance) in court. Abel is convicted, but soon an idea emerges to negotiate a prisoner exchange: Abel for Powers and Pryor, and Donavan is enlisted to do the negotiating. But nothing is easy, especially when two world powers are at odds and Spielberg is directing, as only he knows how. Call the library at 837-2417.

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