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Eastern Promises (2007)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mina E. Mina ...
Aleksandar Mikic ...
Soyka (as Aleksander Mikic)
Tatiana (as Sarah Jeanne Labrosse)
Badi Uzzaman ...
Doña Croll ...
Nurse (as Dona Croll)
Doctor Aziz
Helen (as Sinead Cusack)
Tatiana (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every sin leaves a mark.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Promesas del este  »

Box Office


£25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$547,092 (USA) (14 September 2007)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jerzy Skolimowski's character claims to be an ex-KGB agent. In White Nights (1985), he played one. See more »


In the scene where Nikolai is returning the bike to Anna at one point he pulls out a black cloth and wipes off one of the handlebars. A few seconds later however the cloth has vanished. See more »


[first lines]
Azim: He says "Christmas." So I say to him,
[in Turkish]
Azim: "Should we go shopping?"
Azim: The kid's 16. He says, "But uncle, it's Christmas."
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Written by Michelle Escottery, John Hammond-Hagan and George Hammond-Hagan
Performed by Liberty X
Courtesy of V2 Music Ltd.
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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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