Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Staring: Tom Hanks & Mark Rylance
An intelligent, richly layered, riveting spy story, swirling with intrigue and nervy tension and based on the true story of lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) who represents unearthed Russian spy Rudolph Abel (Rylance) and acts as a go-between between the USA and Soviet Union. The action, at the height of the cold war, moves from the USA to Berlin, photographed with a stark and bitter beauty, as Donovan bargains for the release of a captured US spy-plane pilot. The unlikely bond between the two main protagonists is central. Rylance won the best supporting actor Oscar for this film and is a compelling on screen presence.