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Tom Hanks struggles with a job offer in two new clips from Bridge of Spies

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Jaap Buitendijk

In Steven Spielberg’s real-life Cold War drama, Tom Hanks plays American lawyer James Donovan, who was handpicked to defend Soviet Spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) and was later asked to broker a prisoner exchange between Abel and downed U.S. pilot Gary Powers (Austin Stowell). Not an easy job, considering that the American public would have much preferred to have Abel executed than handed back to the Russians for any reason. 

In two new one-minute clips from the film, we first see Donovan perplexed when two associates (played by Alan Alda and Michael Gaston) present him with the daunting challenge of defending Abel. And then later, as he attempts to defend his own conscious at home to his wife (Amy Ryan), who asks him, “Do you know how people will look at us, the family of a man trying to free a traitor?”

Bridge of Spies will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 4 before opening in theaters everywhere on Oct 16. 

In a new featurette, Hanks and Spielberg explain how Donovan’s quietly heroic story won them over.

Jaap Buitendijk