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
   Power's interrogation ended prior to the trial. He was then sent to prison and had a cellmate. He was not questioned while in prison after his sentencing. Powers is brutally interrogated after he is sentenced to prison, including bright lights and water thrown on him. He is alone in his cell.
   Abel sends a gift of books to Donovan six months after he returns to Russia. Donovan visits Russia years later but is unable to meet Abel as he is working elsewhere in the country. Abel gives Donovan a painting as a parting gift.
   Pryor was studying East German economics. He was accused of spying as he didn't have authorization to read the books he used as a source for his work. By the twisted mentality of the East Germans, Pryor was obviously guilty and treated as such. Pryor is depicted as innocent.
   The book has details about events on various dates. The only time a date (1960) is mention in the movie is during Power's sentencing by the Russian court.
   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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