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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In the Book In the Movie
   While on the bridge for the prisoner exchange, there is a 30 minute delay, but they just wait. Donovan has a jovial conversation with one of the Russians while waiting. When the exchange is about to take place on the bridge there is a delay while waiting for Pryor to be released at Checkpoint Charlie. Abel refuses to leave until Pryor is released.
   Abel is arrested by the INS after refusing to speak to the FBI in June 1957. Abel is arrested by the FBI.
   A poison pill was first issued to the pilots who were not required to use it or even take it with. Later on a poison needle was issued to those who wished to carry it. Powers only carried it on his last flight. The U-2 pilots are shown a poison needle hidden inside of a silver dollar and told to use it if they are forced down over Russia.
   Donovan never personally observes this happening. Donovan observes East German guards killing people attempting to escape across the wall.
   Powers thanks Donovan for his help. When Powers tells Donovan he might need a lawyer when he gets home Donovan says he can be retained as Power's counsel annually for one Virginia baked ham. On the plane ride out of Germany, Powers seeks absolution from Donovan by saying he never revealed secret information to the Russians.
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