The Red Sparrow movie is an adaptation of the book by the same name and written by Jason Matthews.


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. [1]


Soundtrack Edit

Original score Edit

By composer and musician James Newton Howard, the soundtrack is currently available on Spotify. Tracklist below.

  1. Overture (11:34)
  2. The Steam Room (2:19)
  3. One Night is All I Ask (1:30)
  4. Take Off Your Dress (6:20)
  5. Arriving at Sparrow School (2:51)
  6. Training (1:43)
  7. Anya, Come Here (2:45)
  8. When Did You First Notice the Tail? (1:04)
  9. There's a Car Waiting To Take You to Moscow (1:50)
  10. Follow the Trail Whenever It Leads You (2:30)
  11. Blonde Suits You (4:59)
  12. Searching Marta's Room (2:23)
  13. Ticket To Vienna (1:45)
  14. Telephone Code (1:10)
  15. Searching Nate's Apartment (1:04)
  16. Can I Trust You? (3:06)
  17. Switchng Disks (6:00)
  18. So What Next? (3:45)
  19. Didn't I Do Well? (8:48)
  20. End Titles (9:30) [2]

Featured songs Edit

  • Opus 40, no. 6 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Wish - Vika
  • Andante (Piano Sonata No. 1 in C, K.279) - Mitsuko Uchida
  • Allegro Maestoso (Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K.310) - Mitsuko Uchida
  • Swoopin - Baauer
  • Adagio - Allegro - Andantino - Più Allegro - Tempo I (Fantasia in C Minor K475) - Mitsuko Uchida
  • Adagio (Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16) - Stephen Kovacevitch, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (as Sir Colin Davis)
  • Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Bach Collegium Japan, Conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
  • Age of Mutation - Combichrist
  • 28b. Pas de Deux: Adagio (The Sleeping Beauty, op. 66, th.13 / Act 3) - National Philharmonic Orchestra (as The National Philharmonic Orchestra), Richard Bonynge [3]

Differences between novel and film Edit

1. Vassily's death Edit

  • While in the novel Dominika's father (Vassily Egorov) is still alive, the character does not appear in the film. Her father's death is only mentioned and do not occour after her concussion as it happens in the novel.

2. Dominika's concussion Edit

  • In the film, Dominika's concussion happened when she was performing with Konstantin on a full theatre at Moscow. While performing a jump, Konstantin fell with his feet over Dominika's left shin, breaking it in half. In the novel though, Konstantin causes a Lisfranc Injury on Dominika's foot by stepping on her during the pas de deux. The concussion happened during their regular practicing.

3. Dominika's revenge and Vanya's involvement Edit

  • In the novel, Dominika's revenge happened when she sighted Sonya and Konstantin having sexual intercourses in the ballet academy's steam room. Knowing their relationship was prohibited at the academy, she got the staff's attention by opening a window and turning the lights on. A few minutes later the governess caught the couple naked in the steam room, which would get them expelled from the ballet academy.
    In the film, Vanya Egorov gave Dominika a recording that proved Sonya and Konstantin planned to sabotage her career. Looking for revenge, she went back to the ballet academy, where she found Sonya and Konstantin naked in the steam room. Still recovering from her injury, Dominika used her walking stick to beat the couple. She walked out of the room leaving them bleeding on the floor.

4. Ustinov's assassination Edit

  • In the film, it is not clear how Dominika knew Ustinov before she was recruited for his assassination. Apparently, Ustinov and Vanya Egorov knew each other, since both of them took a picture together with Dominika and Konstantin before their performance at the theatre. In the novel though, SVR sent Dominika to a television building with the purpose of meeting Ustinov and getting a date with him (as she did), and Vanya didn't have contact with the entrepreneur.
  • According to the novel, Dominika and Ustinov had a date at a fancy restaurant and later headed to Ustinov's apartment. As the narrator says, Dominika was aware of the implicit sex demanded by the black operation. Differing from the novel, Dominika and Ustinov met at his hotel and headed to one of the rooms. Dominika tried to avoid Ustinov's attempts but was raped by him.
  • While in the film Dominika had to steal information from Ustinov's celphone, in the novel she needed to talk to Ustinov to get any information about his schedules and contacts and pass the information to the SVR.

5. Dominika's training Edit

  • Dominika's training at the AVR was omitted in the film. Vanya planned to give Dominika a minor bureaucratic job at the SVR so they could keep eyes on her. But Dominika herself explained that she rather be a intelligence officer instead. By the end of her training period, Vanya sent her to the Sparrow School, making her feel outraged. In the film, Dominika was trained only by the Sparrow School, to which she was sent by Vanya right after Ustinov's assassination.

6. Sparrow School Edit

  • The attempt of rape Dominika suffed while showering it's quite similar to what the novel describes, however, it happened while she was training at the AVR program, not at the Sparrow School as it happens in the film.
  • Anya's suicide was omitted in the film.
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  1. IMDB
  2. Spotify: Red Sparrow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - By James Newton Howard
  3. IMDB: Red Sparrow Soundtracks