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Promise at Dawn (1970)

A Soviet silent-film actress (Melina Mercouri) raises her illegitimate son, who becomes the writer Romain Gary (Assaf Dayan).

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Jules Dassin, Romain Gary (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melina Mercouri ... Nina Kacewa
Assi Dayan ... Romain Kacew age 25
Didier Haudepin Didier Haudepin ... Romain Kacew age 15
François Raffoul François Raffoul ... Romain Kacew age 9
Despo Diamantidou ... Aniela (as Despo)
Jean Martin ... Igor Igorevitch
Fernand Gravey ... Jean-Michel Serusier
Jacqueline Porel Jacqueline Porel ... Madame Mailer
Elspeth March ... Fat Woman
Maria Machado ... Nathalie Lissenko
Julie Dassin Julie Dassin ... Romain's Friend
René Clermont René Clermont ... Mr. Piekielny
Carol Cole Carol Cole ... Louison - a nurse
Marina Nestora Marina Nestora ... Mariette
Audrey Berindey Audrey Berindey ... Valentine Mailer
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A Soviet silent-film actress (Melina Mercouri) raises her illegitimate son, who becomes the writer Romain Gary (Assaf Dayan).

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An unforgettable Mercouri experience

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Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Løfte ved daggry See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$433,740
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Production Co:

Nathalie Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Vittorio De Sica was originally signed to direct, and he planned for either Ingrid Bergman or Ava Gardner to star. See more »

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Mercouri hams it up
3 November 2002 | by eric.hermansSee all my reviews

This movie should have been called An overbearing mother. Not very enjoyable as Melina Mercouri just kills every scene with her overacting.

Filmed in different styles (sometimes like a silent movie) in which it tries to reproduce the Twenties setting. The music by the usual dependable Delerue is also a disappointment.


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