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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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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   Vilyam Fisher is betrayed by his drunken deputy spy Hayhanen after he is called back to Russia. Hayhanen instead defects to the USA while in France. Fisher takes the alias Rudolf Abel when arrested by the INS Abel is followed by the FBI and eventually arrested. No other Russian spies are depicted in the movie.
   The hollow nickel had a small hole in one side so a needle could be used to open it. Abel opens the hollow nickel by using a razor blade to pry it apart.
   Abel is naked when arrested. Abel is arrested while dressed in underwear.
   Abel is arrested by the INS after refusing to speak to the FBI in June 1957. Abel is arrested by the FBI.
   Abel is able to destroy other evidence while the FBI allows him to tidy up his room. The hollow nickel message was found by a paperboy and turned over to the police, then to the FBI. It was not decoded until Abel was betrayed by Hayhanen who provided the keyword. The FBI foolishly allows Able to destroy the hollow nickel message after his arrest.
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