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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In the Book In the Movie
   This did not happen. Donovan was followed in NY by a man who warned him about taking the Abel case.
   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.
   No mention of Mrs Donovan being worried about the London/East Berlin trip in 1962 although he keeps the Germany portion a secret from his wife. Donovan covers for his trip to Germany by telling his wife he is going to London for business, She is not convinced and is worried.
   Donovan and Abel are accompanied at the exchange point on the bridge by a 6' 7” 300 pound man from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and another U-2 pilot who can identify Powers. Donovan is accompanied by Abel, Murphy (U-2 pilot) and several agency men of regular stature on Gleinicker Bridge for the prisoner exchange.
   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.
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