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Eastern Promises (2007)

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

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Mina E. Mina ...
Aleksandar Mikic ...
Soyka (as Aleksander Mikic)
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Tatiana (as Sarah Jeanne Labrosse)
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Badi Uzzaman ...
Chemist
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Doña Croll ...
Nurse (as Dona Croll)
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Doctor Aziz
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Helen (as Sinead Cusack)
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Stepan
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Tatiana (voice)
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In London, the Russian pregnant teenager Tatiana arrives bleeding in a hospital, and the doctors save her baby only. The Russian descendant midwife Anna Khitrova finds Tatiana's diary written in Russian language in her belongings and decided to find her family to deliver the baby, she brings the diary home and ask her uncle Stepan to translate the document. Stepan refuses, but Anna finds a card of a restaurant owned by the Russian Semyon inside the diary and she visits the old man trying to find a lead to contact Tatiana's family. When she mentions the existence of the diary, Semyon immediately offers to translate the document. However, Stepan translates part of the diary and Anna discovers that Semyon and his sick son Kirill had raped Tatiana when she was fourteen years old and forced her to work as prostitute in a brothel of their own. Further, Semyon is the dangerous boss of the Russian mafia "Vory v Zakone", jeopardizing the safety of Anna and her family. Meanwhile, Semyon's ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Every sin leaves a mark.


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Rated R for strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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21 September 2007 (USA)  »

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Promesas del este  »

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Budget:

£25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$547,092 (USA) (16 September 2007)

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$17,114,882 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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Trivia

The tattoos around Nikolai's (Viggo Mortensen) ankles read "Where are you going?" and "What the fuck do you care?" in Russian. Mortensen thought that they were hilarious, that 'one foot doesn't respect the other.' See more »

Goofs

Before Uncle Stepan spits in Nikolai's face, he utters an ominous-sounding Russian word "mrakabes!", which, in fact, means "obscurantist" and does not really belong there. See more »

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[first lines]
Azim: He says "Christmas." So I say to him,
[in Turkish]
Azim: "Should we go shopping?"
[English]
Azim: The kid's 16. He says, "But uncle, it's Christmas."
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Connections

Referenced in Weeds: Red in Tooth and Claw (2012) See more »

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Slavery and Suffering
Traditional Revolutionary Song
Arranged by Dimitri Oleg Yachinov
Performed by The Red Army Choir under the direction of B. Alexandrov
Courtesy of Silva Screen Records Ltd.
Under license from FGL Productions
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Cronenberg delivers.
13 September 2007 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I know a gent that did police detective work in St Petersburg, Russia for a couple of years, mostly blackmarket stuff. One night over dinner he told me, "In St Petersburg everything is available. And you don't want to know what everything is". Eastern Promises has more than a little bit of 'everything'.

Some real edge of your seat moments in this instant classic. Set in dark wet, and noir London, Eastern Promises takes a look into a Russian Gangster mentality and culture with some scenes that will make both your skin crawl and your heart ache. This is one tough and nasty thriller. Not for the squeamish.

A twisted morality tale of family dynamics, gang loyalty and one possible way the Good Guys just might usurp the Bad. Every principal character etches a note that resonates true to the scale of the story. And its an excellent dark dark black hearted story full of places and people that you just hope this movie is as close as you ever get to them. Genuinely bad characters with such exquisite details that it doesn't feel like fiction.

Go see it. Pleasant nightmares!


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