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Bridge of Spies what makes us American clip

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In Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays James Donovan, the successful attorney who was handpicked to defend accused Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel, in 1957. The U.S. government wanted to show the world that Abel was getting a fair shake, that American justice wasn’t some kangaroo court. But the U.S. government was also intent on cracking Abel and getting information out of him and his legal team that might prove useful.

In this new scene from the film, Donovan sits down with a pesky CIA agent (Scott Shepherd) who’s not accustomed to dealing with such a “boy scout.” Their tense exchange gives Donovan the opportunity to explain what it is that makes them both Americans. 

“The rulebook, we call it the Constitution, and we agree to the rules. And that’s what makes us Americans. It’s all that makes us Americans,” Donovan says. 

Hanks and Shepherd star among a cast that also includes Amy Ryan and Mark Rylance. Directed by Spielberg and written by Matt Charman and Joel and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies hits theaters on Oct. 16. For more on the film, see the latest full trailer.