U-2 Spy Plane (2016)

This piece explores the real history of the aircraft and its role and depiction in the film.


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Credited cast:
Tom Hanks ... Himself
Kristie Macosko Krieger ... Herself
Francis Gary Powers Jr. Francis Gary Powers Jr. ... Himself
Arnold Spielberg ... Himself
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Austin Stowell ... Himself
Develyn J. Watson Develyn J. Watson ... Himself


This piece explores the real history of the aircraft and its role and depiction in the film.

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Release Date:

2 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bridge of Spies: U-2 Spy Plane See more »

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Nedland Media See more »
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Color (HD)| Black and White (archive footage)
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Did You Know?


Steven Spielberg, director of Bridge of Spies (2015), said: "As a youngster growing up in the '50s and '60s, I had a tremendous amount of awareness of what was happening during the Cold War, but I didn't know anything about the exchange of Rudolf Abel for Francis Gary Powers. I knew about Powers because growing up everyone had heard that his U-2 spy plane had been shot down and that he had been put on public display at a very public trial, but the story kind of ended with a spectacular shoot down. I didn't realize that something had happened subsequent to his capture, which was this very backroom exchange, this spy swap between Abel, a Soviet spy, and Powers, the American spy pilot. So there was a lot to this story that really pulled me in." See more »


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