What's the Difference between Bridge of Spies the Book and Bridge of Spies the Movie?

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Bridge of Spies

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Released: 2010
Author: Giles Whittell

Bridge of Spies

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Released: 2015
Director: Steven Spielberg
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In the Book In the Movie
Rudolf Abel
Rudolf Abel
Portrayed by: Mark Rylance
Reino Häyhänen
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Barbara Powers
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Oliver Powers
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James Donovan
James Donovan
Portrayed by: Tom Hanks
Francis Gary Powers
Francis Gary Powers
Portrayed by: Austin Stowell
Wolfgang Vogel
Wolfgang Vogel
Portrayed by: Sebastian Koch
Mary Donovan
Mary Donovan
Portrayed by: Amy Ryan
Frederic Pryor
Frederic Pryor
Portrayed by: Will Rogers
Ivan Schischkin
Ivan Schischkin
Portrayed by: Mikhail Gorevoy
Marvin Makinen
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Bridge of Spies Book vs Movie
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   Vogel is stopped for what he claims is speeding, Donovan never gets out of the car. While Vogel is driving Donovan back to the West Berlin gate, he is stopped by the police who detain Donovan for a while at a jail.
   Powers divorced his wife soon after returning to the USA. He flew U-2's for Lockheed for several years after he was released by the CIA and given his back pay. End titles tell of Power's death in a helicopter crash in 1977 and subsequent awards given to him by the CIA in 2000.
   James Donovan has three daughters and a son named John. His son was 18 in 1962. Donovan has a teenage daughter and pre-teen boy (Roger) and girl. The children do not appear to age at all during the events of the five years the film depicts.
   This did not happen. The crowd observing Abel's sentencing loudly objected to no death penalty.
   Donovan was also trying to get Marvin Makinen released in addition to Powers and Pryor. Donovan was only trying to obtain the release of Powers and Pryor.
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