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The White Crow

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Ralph Fiennes captures the raw physicality and brilliance of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. Nureyev is played by world-class ballet performer Oleg Ivenko.
With his magnetic presence, Rudolf Nureyev emerged as ballet’s most famous star, a wild and beautiful dancer limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB at the height of the Cold War.
With a drum-tight script by David Hare, 'White Crow' offers a thrilling insight into Nureyev's dangerous defection, masterminded by the dancer’s great friend, 21 year-old Parisian Clara Saint. With an astonishing finale at Le Bourget airport in Paris, Nureyev leaps to freedom, and in so doing defines his destiny.


Type of film
Running Time
122 mins
Ralph Fiennes
Gabrielle Tana, François Ivernel, Andrew Levitas
Mark Cooper
Executive Producer
Joe Oppenheimer, Charles de Rosen, Beth Pattinson, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Anne Sheehan, Peter Watson
David Hare (screenplay), Julie Kavangh (Nureyev biography)
Director of Photography
Mike Eley
Principal Cast
Oleg Ivenko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sergei Polunin, Ralph Fiennes, Chulpan Khamatova, Olivier Rabourdin, Raphaël Personnaz, Louis Hofmann

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Last updated 6th September 2018

Production Company

A Magnolia Mae Productions, Metalwork Pictures, Montebello Productions, Work in Progress production developed by BBC Films, in association Rogue Black, Hanway Films, The Fyzz Facility

Magnolia Mae Productions
Gabrielle Tana


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