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Red Sparrow (2018)

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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.

Director:

Francis Lawrence

Writers:

Justin Haythe (screenplay by), Jason Matthews (based upon the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence ... Dominika Egorova
Joel Edgerton ... Nate Nash
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Vanya Egorov
Charlotte Rampling ... Matron
Mary-Louise Parker ... Stephanie Boucher
Ciarán Hinds ... Zakharov
Joely Richardson ... Nina Egorova
Bill Camp ... Marty Gable
Jeremy Irons ... General Korchnoi
Thekla Reuten ... Marta
Douglas Hodge ... Maxim Volontov
Sakina Jaffrey ... Trish Forsyth
Sergei Polunin ... Konstantin
Sasha Frolova ... Anya
Sebastian Hülk ... Matorin
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Storyline

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.

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The road to forgiveness begins with betrayal. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

2 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Sparrow See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,853,422, 4 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,874,505, 7 June 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,230,691, 3 June 2018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Of director Francis Lawrence and actress Jennifer Lawrence, producer Peter Chernin said: "Francis made three 'Hunger Games' movies with Jen, and when he read this book, he thought immediately this would be their next collaboration. From there we had to find a good match, which we did in Joel [Edgerton], who we have worked with before as well. Same with Matthias [Schoenaerts], who we've worked with. We chose to go much younger with this role than originally scripted, which we think added something very different to the dynamic with Jen." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Matron: Every human being is a puzzle of need. You must become the missing piece, and they will tell you anything.
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The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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References Gorky Park (1983) See more »

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Swoopin
Written by Baauer (as Harry Rodrigues)
Performed by Baauer
Courtesy of LuckyMe Records
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Beautiful Love Or Spy Film?
5 August 2018 | by howardlongstaffSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful film ridden with Post Cold War era psychological warfare and intelligence services doubling down. So prepare for brutality and violence. On the flip side we have Jennifer Lawrence a beautiful maiden playing a Russian who deploys her feminine wiles to fabulous effect. Lovers of sexy and engaging women, exposing Russians' immoral habits and excuses and super powers fighting it out: here is a film for all of you (us).

The answer: both


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