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Black Swan (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  17 December 2010 (USA)
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A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman
Veronica / Little Swan
Galina / Little Swan
Madeline / Little Swan
Andrew / Suitor
Tom / Suitor
Sergio Torrado ...
Sergio / Rothbart
Mr. Fithian / Patron
Mrs. Fithian / Patron
Abraham Aronofsky ...
Mr. Stein / Patron (as Abe Aronofsky)


Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cisne negro  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,443,809 (USA) (3 December 2010)


$106,952,327 (USA) (29 April 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The production considered setting the film in France and filming in Budapest but the idea was dropped for creative and budgetary reasons. See more »


When Nina returns home and looks for her mother, after being assigned a role, a camera operator is visible in a mirror. See more »


[first lines]
Nina Sayers: I had the craziest dream last night. I was dancing the White Swan.
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Spoofed in Black Swan, Grey Goose (2011) See more »


Illicit Dreaming
Written by Jamie Kavanagh
Performed by Kavsrave
Courtesy of Tighten Up Records
Contains "Swan Lake" written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Have I watched the wrong movie???@>?~?
22 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I couldn't wait to see Black Swan, given all the rave reviews.....and I could hardly sit through it when I finally did.... Seriously, what film has everyone been watching? How can anyone consider this film a masterpiece and how can it end up with a score of 8+ on IMDb? This film is about as subtle as a sledge hammer, it's trying very hard to be deep and psychological, but it's basically just pretentious. Dramatic music at every corner is setting the tone and Ms Portmans pain stricken face in constant close ups....just in case the audience doesn't get it, yes indeed, this is supposed to be a very disturbing film. I wish it was! Then at least I would have felt anything at all. Instead, the way the story was told the characters left me completely cold. Don't get me wrong, I love great movies, an intelligent script and more than anything I appreciate a film that gets under my skin and touches me emotionally. This film so doesn't. Actually it left me so indifferent, I can't even be bothered to put much effort into this review.

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