Bridge of Spies script
Synopsis: Bridge of Spies is a 2015 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen. The film stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan, who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers—a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union—in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a captive Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, where the spy exchange took place.

BLASCO:

Colonel, would you turn around

please.

Blasco turns Abel around, checks to make sure he’s not armed.

BLASCO (CONT’D)

Sit down. On the bed.

Blasco and Gamber walk him to the bed. He sits.

ABEL:

(gesturing toward

bathroom)

The teeth are on the sink...

(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:

GAMBER:

Look at me! We are agents from the

federal government.

Abel scans the Agents who surround him.

GAMBER (CONT’D)

Look at me! I’m talking to you. We

have received information concerning

your involvement in espionage. You

can either cooperate with us right

now or you’ll be under arrest. Do

you understand, Colonel?

Blasco heads into the bathroom.

ABEL:

Not really. Why do you keep calling

me “Colonel”?

Blasco returns and with care hands him his teeth. Abel puts

them in.

BLASCO:

You need to get dressed.

GAMBER:

We have to search your apartment.

Abel points at the art materials on the table.

ABEL:

Would you mind if I cleaned my

palette? The paints will get ruined

otherwise. Just behind you there.

I have a cloth, myself...

Abel stands. Blasco hands him his palette.

ABEL (CONT’D)

Thank you.

BLASCO:

(to the other men)

Start searching, please.

ABEL:

Would you put this out in the

ashtray. On the windowsill there.

(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:
(2)

While an Agent does this and the other Agents begin the

search, Abel, holding the palette, grabs a small scrap of

paper -- the one from the nickel bearing a series of

numerals.

As the agents explore the room, Abel uses the paper to wipe

the palette clean.

ABEL (CONT’D)

Don’t want this to get spoiled.

The wet paint obliterates the code. As the agents continue

to toss the room...

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Matt Charman

Matt Charman (born 5 June 1979) is a British screenwriter and playwright. more…

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