Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
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Director's states (in DVD commentary track), his favourite scene of the 'sparrow's training / lecture room when Jennifer Lawrence is called out (by Charlotte Rampling) to have to confront her earlier (shower scene) fellow male 'sparrow' attempted rapist and Rampling commands JL to confront him, by which she strips. See more »
At London's Heathrow Airport, we hear an announcement about British European Airways over the PA system. That airline disappeared in 1974 when they merged with BOAC to become British Airways. See more »
The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark. See more »
The UK version is cut for "strong sadistic violence" to earn a 15 certificate instead of an 18, which was done based on BBFC advice. As both countries make up the same distribution region, Ireland also received the same cut version (rated 16 for cinema and 18 on video).
The contentious scene shows Ustinov being strangled:
In the UK version, we only see a brief establishing shot where his hands are covering his throat, cutting right to a close-up of Dominika struggling but completely clean. The censored footage shows the wire cutting into Ustinov's throat for much longer, in more graphic detail after his arms hang loose, and him bleeding on Dominika's chest.
Ustinov collapsing uses an alternate shot in the UK version, and the second close-up of Dominika is digitally bloodless as with the first, but there's still blood on her chest when putting on her clothes as per the uncut version (a continuity error).
The uncut version is roughly 13 seconds longer. See more »
Shows how close to truth this film is. It is not a documentary however. It is lots of fun. Has a lot of action, violence and sex (the Russian FBI arrested had moved in with a Conservative leader). The main actor and actress give it their all and put ina fine performance.
Yet nothing is as brutal as the film's beginning where hopes are literally shattered.
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