The White Crow

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Movie Info & Cast


Ralph Fiennes' THE WHITE CROW was inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh. The drama charts the iconic dancer's famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.


  • Oleg Ivenko
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Louis Hofmann
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos
  • Sergei Polunin
  • Olivier Rabourdin
  • Raphaël Personnaz
  • Chulpan Khamatova
  • Zach Avery
  • Mar Sodupe

Did You Know?


  • On September 7 2017, Serbia, where much of the movie was filmed, granted citizenship to Ralph Fiennes.
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  • In a scene showing a close up of Nureyev's foot performing a tendu, the shoe he is wearing is a white split sole ballet slipper, a shoe that did not exist in the 1960s. Split sole ballet technique shoes have only been on the dance scene since the mid 1990s.
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    • Rudolf Nureyev: I can live anywhere. Remember, I was born on a train. I feel I will never return to my country. But I may never be happy in yours.
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Verified Review

I love this movie. If you like slow paced art house films with excellent character development that give deep insight into the characters behaviors , you should like this film. It deeply explores the psyche of Nureyev thru scenes of his childhood and youth before he became a Ballet superstar. Ralph Fiennes directed and plays in the movie. He is always amazing. The actor playing Nureyev is astounding. The ballet scenes were awesome. It all enthralled me. I want to learn more about Nureyev.

Alma P
Verified Review

Engrossing story of dancer Nureyev's early years and defection to the west. Yeah, he could be a jerk, but his dancing (and Paris!) is sublime. Exciting build at end-even though we know the outcome.

Robin B


Apr 23, 2019

The film’s constant waltz between moods is aggravating at best. It becomes unclear whether we are even supposed to root for Rudolf, or if it matters that we do.

Metacritic review by Candice Frederick
Candice Frederick
Mar 21, 2019

Writer David Hare and director Ralph Fiennes have a good feel for the artistic world the story inhabits and professional dancer Oleg Ivenko does a more than creditable job in personifying one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artistic figures, but the narrative bounces all over the place trying to cover too much ground when concentrating on the core drama would have far better served the desired end.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 21, 2019

The cluttered structure, littered with brusque little flashbacks, repeatedly interrupts the momentum and tension of the story of Nureyev’s most daring leap.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily