Decade of the 60 United States and the Soviet Union are in the Cold War. On May 1, 1960 a US spy plane is shot down by the enemy army as it flew over Soviet territory. Surprisingly, the pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) manages to escape thanks to his parachute. When it was believed safe, the pilot of the plane U-2 is captured by the Soviets. After this event, the insurance specialist lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is recruited by the CIA in charge of negotiating the release of the soldier.
Faced with this custom almost impossible to negotiate, Brooklyn lawyer is suddenly immersed in the depths of the Cold War, as its mission involves conducting intensive negotiations to swap the captured American pilot so we can release it. The key part of the agreement with the Soviets will be Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), Kremlin spy caught by the FBI in 1957 Brooklyn.
With the intention of doing what is just and right, this ordinary man and father will face extraordinary situations, and risk everything to defend values such as integrity, idealism and honesty.
Based on true events, this espionage thriller set in the 60s directs Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (Lincoln, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). This time, the director has the support of the brothers Ethan and Joel Coen (Incidentally Llewyn Davis) in front of the script, with Matt Charman (French Suite). The cast is made up Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips, Angels and Demons, War Charlie Wilson), British stage actor Mark Rylance (Hunt murderer, Wolf Hall), Amy Ryan (Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance), escape plan), Alan Alda (the Blacklist, Wanderlust), Domenick Lombardozzi (Bloodline, Boardwalk Empire) and German Sebastian Koch (the black book, Amen).