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.

PRE-LAP

Mellow jazz piano...

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. THE HARVARD CLUB

Two middle-aged men sit in club chairs facing each other.

Each holds a tumbler of scotch.

DONOVAN:

Don’t say “my guy.” He’s not “my

guy.”

BATES:

Yes he’s your guy. Who’re we

talking about?

DONOVAN:

We’re talking about a guy who is

insured by my client. So don’t make

him “my guy.”

BATES:

Okay, fine, my point is he -- the

guy insured by your client -- he

doesn’t deny any of these things

happened -

DONOVAN:

“These things?”

BATES:

Yes. These five things.

DONOVAN:

Wait. Hold it, hold it, hold it.

Not five things, one thing.

(CONTINUED)

12.17.14 FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT 6.

CONTINUED:

BATES:

Clearly, it’s five things.

DONOVAN:

Well -- I’m sorry -- it’s not clear

to me. Five things? Explain it to

me.

BATES:

It’s self-evident.

DONOVAN:

Okay, then tell me what happened,

tell me the story in a way that

makes sense. For five things.

BATES:

Fine. Absolutely. Your guy -

DONOVAN:

Not my guy. Insured by my client.

BATES:

The guy insured by your client -- is

driving down State Highway 19 when

he loses control of his car, hits my

five guys. The five guys who hired

me to represent them because you’re

not honoring your claim.

DONOVAN:

You mean my client is not honoring

the claim. The insurance company.

BATES:

Mr. Donovan:
we’re all clear on

who’s who here.

DONOVAN:

Except, my client honors every

claim. They do, Mr. Bates, every

single legitimate claim. Up to the

limit of their liability, which is

$100,000 per accident in the case of

this man’s policy. And this is one

claim, according to your

description. “He hit my five guys.”

The guy insured by my client had one

accident, one one one, losing

control of the car and hitting five

motorcyclists.

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Matt Charman

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

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