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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Seduce. Deceive. Repeat. 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

Director Francis Lawrence shared his feelings on the comparisons between Red Sparrow and Black Widow from the Marvel comic books, played in the MCU by Scarlett Johansson: "There's people who think it's very similar to the Black Widow story. This is not pulled from Black Widow, this is pulled from Red Sparrow, you know, it's written by a guy who was in the CIA. It's like, his references are coming from a very, very different place from that. But there'll always be that. People like to put things in boxes, and I think it's a really unique film. This is a thriller, it's not action, again it's not gadgetry. It's a hard-R. There's violence, it's a bit perverse, it's suspenseful, a lot of intrigue. It's a different kind of spy film." See more »

Goofs

The floppy discs used by the agents may seem cumbersome and obsolete. However, in real life, as of 2018, police and military do still use floppy disk to store classify documents. Since its impossible to hack or clone a floppy without having the physical disk in hand. let alone they need a floppy drive to even read it. So its technically accurate they would go through the trouble and uses like 8 floppies for security. See more »

Quotes

Nate Nash: You were dancing for them because they were letting you I mean, you see it now, right? You belong to them pretty much your whole life. So, Dominika, work with me. Make this something that you own for the first time in your life. And make them, make them fucking pay.
Dominika Egorova: What is it you want from me?
Nate Nash: Whatever you can give us.
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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear until the 10-minute mark. See more »

Alternate Versions

At the distributor's request, the UK version (both in cinemas and on video) is cut for "strong sadistic violence" to earn a 15 certificate instead of an 18. 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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Featured in Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballets and Stunts (2018) See more »

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Written by Andy LaPlegua (as Ole Anders Olsen)
Performed by Combichrist
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Heart Pounding
23 August 2018 | by tts-69850See all my reviews

Updated depiction of the disgusting life in dictatorship Russia. But with sex and action. Film successfully shocks as one Russian perversion follows another against humans. Exciting series of erotic sexual mature scenes which could only be of interest to a men who love women, women who love men and of course mature audiences. However, it exposes the sad fact that Russia is poor and its citizens suffering because this is where their budget goes. Kudos to the studio, this film should be thrown in the awards category and given a prize.


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