Bridge of Spies

2015 PG-13 2h 22m Blu-ray / DVD

Bridge of Spies

2015 PG-13 2h 22m Blu-ray / DVD
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At the height of the Cold War in 1960, the downing of an American spy plane and the pilot's subsequent capture by the Soviets draws Brooklyn attorney James Donovan into the middle of an intense effort to secure the aviator's release.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies is a tense, taut Cold War thriller inspired by real-life events. Tom Hanks stars as James Donovan, an upstanding American insurance lawyer who's assigned to defend a Soviet spy captured in Brooklyn, events that lead to a hostage exchange. Expect occasional swearing (including a couple of "f--k"s during a tense scene, plus "son of a bitch" and "goddamn hell"), a fair amount of era-accurate smoking, celebratory toasting, and some brief, intense violence -- most notably scenes in which a prisoner is harshly interrogated and others in which people are shot while trying to flee East Germany.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A prisoner is interrogated harshly; viewers see him clearly sleep-deprived and shivering from being splashed in the face with buckets of cold water. Another scene shows people being shot to death as they try to flee East Germany over the Berlin Wall.


Infrequent swearing includes a couple of uses of "f--k" (during a tense scene), plus "son of a bitch" and "goddamn hell."

Social Behavior

It isn't always easy to do your duty or complete the tasks that people give you, but that doesn't mean they're not worth doing; it's important to do your best and stick to your values. Negotiating is a tough challenge, but you can stay resolute in your position while treating your adversaries with courtesy and respect.


One of the main characters prefers to drink Nescafe.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters smoke cigarettes in many scenes (accurate for the era), and one uses a pipe during a dramatic moment. A few sequences take place in bars, though the main characters aren't always drinking. Other moments feature characters toasting with scotch or brandy during tense discussions or to seal an important deal.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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