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  • Ivan Schischkin: This is not an equitable trade, sir.
    James Donovan: But what you're saying is, if Powers has given up everything he knows then Moscow would trade? Why wouldn't they? As for Abel, if he dies in an American prison, the next Russian operative who gets caught might think twice about keeping his mouth shut. And you never know, Abel might want to see the sky again and decide to trade Russian secrets for small American favours.
    Ivan Schischkin: How can we know this? We little men. We just do our jobs.
    James Donovan: Like Lieutenant Powers. He's just a pilot.
    Ivan Schischkin: He was making photographs from 70,000 feet when he was shot from the sky. People in my country consider this an act of war.
    James Donovan: We have to get off this merry-go-round, sir. The next mistake our countries make could be last one. We need to have the conversation our governments can't.
    Ivan Schischkin: I will ask Moscow. Who knows what they will say. There are a lot of people, Mr. Donovan, who doesn't want this exchange to ever take place.

  • James Donovan: We have to have the conversations our governments can't.

  • James Donovan: Aren't you worried?...
    James Donovan: Aren't you worried?
    Rudolf Abel: Would that help?

  • James Donovan: It doesn't matter what people think. You know what you did.

  • Rudolf Abel: "The boss isn't always right, but he's still the boss."
    Rudolf Abel: The boss isn't always right, but he's still the boss.

  • James Donovan: The next mistake our countries make could be the last.

  • James Donovan: We need to have the conversation our governments can't.

  • James Donovan: Everyone deserves a defense. Every person matters.

  • James Donovan: You're asking me to violate the constitution.

  • James Donovan: I'm an insurance lawyer. I'm not sure I want to pick that up.

  • James Donovan: "Everyone will hatr me, but at least I'll lose."
    James Donovan: Everyone will hate me, but at least I'll lose.

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