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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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Stephanie Boucher
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Zakharov
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Nina Egorova
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Marty Gable
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Trish Forsyth
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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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Seduce. Deceive. Repeat. See more »


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16 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 March 2018 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Operación Red Sparrow  »

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Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$46,665,082, 24 April 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,773,399, 16 April 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Sergei Polunin (Konstantin) is actually a professional ballet dancer. See more »

Goofs

In the film, a US public servant delivers sensitive information on 3.5" floppy disks. It is extremely unlikely that a computer supplied by the US government to this servant would be able to transfer sensitive data to an external device - let alone a floppy drive. Additionally, there is the issue of capacity since a floppy disk only holds 1.44 MB of data (even with compression and using only text files - why not simply use an USB drive which can store GB of data).

Edited: In modern day (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 »

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[Have you seen what the state hospitals look like?Rats in the corridors]
[Patients lie in their own feces]
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Crazy Credits

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

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References Black Swan (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

28b. Pas de Deux: Adagio (The Sleeping Beauty, op. 66, th.13 / Act 3)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by National Philharmonic Orchestra (as The National Philharmonic Orchestra), Richard Bonynge
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This is a badly conceived project with few redeeming aspects
3 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Though I'm a fan of Ms Lawrence and wouldn't fault her performance all that much, this film's attempt to portray Russia as the home of overly cruel spymasters doesn't ring very true to me. It smells of over-the-top propaganda hoping to cast Russia as some soulless country without moral compass. If the US were given this treatment, we would all see through the overwrought bias. But as Russia is in the news, we tend to tolerate this kind of hyperbole.

At the start I really couldn't picture Ms Lawrence as a Russian for some reason. But she does a fairly good job of bringing her role to life, despite a lame accent. Quickly, however, I started to wish I had read the book first. There's a buildup and then a middle act that the director pretty much bungles. The problem is Red Sparrow's psyche is not well delineated during a crucial time in the story. All the plot elements are there but they're deliberately not gathered together. Why, I have no idea, as the story might have been much more compelling if played out under better direction. But then that might have been how the book does it.

Anyway, I was sorry to have missed Bruce Willis' new movie by the time it was over. It was also opening this weekend. Red Sparrow didn't work for me on several levels but I doubt Ms Lawrence's career takes much of a hit.


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