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Accused of being a Russian spy, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance, right) is public enemy No 1 in 1957 in the US, and is being defended by James B Donovan (Tom Hanks). The prisoner swap that takes place forms the backbone of the movie, with director Steven Spielberg in top form.

Spielberg's crafted war salvo

Oct 16, 2015 5:50 AM

A MURKY chapter in Cold War history gets the Masterpiece Theatre treatment from Steven Spielberg in Bridge of Spies, a tense and thoroughly absorbing period drama about an unknown but upright American lawyer who finds himself the key player in a secret prisoner exchange between two cagey nuclear