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Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Title: Black Swan
Release Date: September 05, 2010
Runtime: 108 mins
All Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Languages: English, French
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Buried.com Rating: 9.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use.
Natalie Portman ...Nina Sayers
Mila Kunis ...Lily
Vincent Cassel ...Thomas Leroy
Barbara Hershey ...Erica Sayers
Winona Ryder ...Beth Macintyre
Benjamin Millepied ...David
Ksenia Solo ...Veronica
Kristina Anapau ...Galina
Janet Montgomery ...Madeline
Sebastian Stan ...Andrew
Toby Hemingway ...Tom
Sergio Torrado ...Sergio
Mark Margolis ...Mr. Fithian
Tina Sloan ...Mrs. Fithian
Abraham Aronofsky ...Mr. Stein
Charlotte Aronofsky ...Mrs. Stein
Marcia Jean Kurtz ...Georgina
Shaun O'Hagan ...Sebastian
Christopher Gartin ...Waiter Scott
Deborah Offner ...Susie
Stanley Herman ...Uncle Hank (as Stanley B. Herman)
Michelle Rodriguez Nouel ...Physical Therapist
Kurt Froman ...Understudy for Siegfried
Marty Krzywonos ...Conductor
Leslie Lyles ...Nurse
John Epperson ...Jaded Piano Player
Arkadiy Figlin ...Piano Player
Timothy Fain ...Violin Player
Sarah Lane ...Lady in the Lane
Liam Flaherty ...Man in Stall
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Joseph P. Reidy
John J. McLaughlin
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"Outside the Lines"
"The White Easton"
"The Nina Frequency"
- Erica: What happened to my sweet girl? Nina: She's gone!
Nina: I had the craziest dream last night about a girl who has turned into a swan, but her prince falls for the wrong girl and she kills herself.
Nina: I just want to be perfect.
Thomas Leroy: The only person standing in your way is you.
[last lines] Nina Sayers: I was perfect...
- Vincent Cassel has compared his character to George Balanchine, who co-founded New York City Ballet. The actor said Balanchine was "a control freak, a true artist using sexuality to direct his dancers".
Meryl Streep was considered to play Erica, Nina's mother.
Blake Lively auditioned for the role of Lilly.
Both Rachel Weisz and Jennifer Connelly were rumored to star in the lead roles when the film was first discussed.
Nina's name in the original screenplay was Alexandria.
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Rating: 9.6 out of 10.0 - 64 votes cast total