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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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Taglines:

I Know Your Secrets. 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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Trivia

One of only a handful of films Charlotte Rampling has managed to keep her clothes on. And the first where Jennifer Lawrence takes hers off. See more »

Goofs

The floppy disks used by the agents may seem cumbersome and obsolete. However, in real life police and military still (as of 2018) use floppy disks to store classified documents. Since its impossible to hack or clone a floppy without having the physical disk in hand, and a floppy drive is needed to even read it, they are more secure than a smart phone or a USB memory stick, for example. See more »

Quotes

Matron: [to assembled class] From this day forward, you will become Sparrows. Weapons in a global struggle for power. You have been selected because of your beauty, because of your strength. And, in some cases, because of your vulnerability.
[clearly meaning Anya]
Matron: Katya, Viktor, come here please.
[Dominika and Viktor obliges]
Matron: Here we deal in psychological manipulation. You'll be trained to determine a target's weakness, to exploit that weakness through seduction, and to extract information.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Salon Kitty (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F Major, BWV 1046
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Bach Collegium Japan, Conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
Courtesy of BIS Records
By arrangement with Source/Q
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The arrest of a Russian spy by the FBI this week
19 July 2018 | by Stephanie-NaderiSee all my reviews

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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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

Gross USA:

$46,874,505

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,572,634
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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