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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.

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Source novelist Jason Matthews made his technical expertise available to screenwriter Justin Haythe throughout the movie's adaptation from the source novel. "He's a sensational writer," Haythe said of Matthews. "Many of the technical aspects of the plot come from the book. If it was something invented, Jason was there on the end of the phone for technical advice, or he read the script and gave notes, which was hugely helpful. We were lucky to have an expert at the incubation period." Producer Peter Chernin agreed: "Jason gave incredibly detailed notes and feedback on our various script drafts, mostly regarding accuracy and believability of anything relating to Nate's, Dominika's, and their respective colleagues' tactics, etc." See more »

Goofs

General Korlinoi's medals are US Army medals. They include the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and the Army Good Conduct Medal. See more »

Quotes

Dmitri Ustinov: And what is it you want from me?
Dominika Egorova: All I ever wanted was to be a dancer. Ever since I was a small child. And I would take the bus to rehearsal after school. And I would look out of the windows at the people going about their lives. Going to work, half asleep. And I would tell myself, I'm not like them. And I never will be. Because I'm special I want to be special again.
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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).
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Soundtracks

Adagio - Allegro - Andantino - Più Allegro - Tempo I (Fantasia in C Minor K475)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Mitsuko Uchida
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not Enough Violence Or Nudity
21 August 2018 | by plq-65010See all my reviews

So I will give it a 6/10. In a world dominated by sequels, prequels and universe films at least it was none of those and had some violence and nudity.

Unfortunately the nudity was only partial and what nudity there was not adequate. It is disappointing because there are so few smart mature films with the naturalness and beauty of the human body out there. It is all Disney/Fox wimpy G rated crap out there. At least there is some action in this movie and Lawrence looks delicious. Please Hollywood do not do a sequel. It will be Pacific rim Uprising or Independence Day Resurgence or JJ Abrams Mr Rip Off crap. Sequels suck (just see all the new Marvel films)


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