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The Promise (1969)

During the siege of Leningrad, Marat goes to the partly wrecked house of his parents, and finds Lika, a sixteen-year-old girl, who has sought shelter. They become friendly and fall in love,... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
John Castle ... Marat Yestigneyev
Ian McKellen ... Leonidik
Susan Macready Susan Macready ... Like Vasilyevna
Mary Jones Mary Jones ... Mother
David Nettheim ... Stepfather
David Garfield David Garfield ... Soldier
Christopher Banks Christopher Banks ... Neighbor
Donald Bain Donald Bain ... Actor
Tina Williams Tina Williams ... Oelya
William Lyon Brown William Lyon Brown ... Pyotr (as William Lyon-Brown)
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During the siege of Leningrad, Marat goes to the partly wrecked house of his parents, and finds Lika, a sixteen-year-old girl, who has sought shelter. They become friendly and fall in love, but are later joined by Leonidik, who is starving. They care for him, and shortly afterwards, Marak joins the Army, promising Lika that he will return. At the end of the war, Lika hasn't heard from Marat, except for a telegram on her birthday, and she now believes that he's dead, but he turns up suddenly. The situation becomes somewhat impossible, and Marat leaves. Leonidik and Lika marry, and thirteen years later, Marat again calls on them. Following a dramatic confrontation, Leonidik realizes that Loka's real love is Marat, and he gallantly walks out of their lives. Written by tonyman

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1969 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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A full page ad for the play, on which this movie was based, can be seen in an episode of That Girl (1966), titled "When In Rome". Ann Marie (Marlo Thomas) is looking at a newspaper, and the ad is clearly seen, showing the names "Ian McKellen" and "Ian McShane". See more »

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Excellent Romantic war drama / love story - Russia
9 March 2003 | by philosborn2001See all my reviews

I saw this on late night TV here in California in the late '70's, and was totally caught up in it. The story concerns a love triangle between some kids caught up in the horrors of WWII Stalingrad during the battle, how they struggle to survive, and how their relationships carry through their later lives. What kind of things are really important, what things last in people, and how people grow are the major themes.


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