Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.


Terry George
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Mikael Boghosian
Charlotte Le Bon ... Ana Khesarian
Christian Bale ... Chris Myers
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Reverend Dikran Antreassian
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Marta Boghosian
Marwan Kenzari ... Emre Ogan
Angela Sarafyan ... Maral
Tom Hollander ... Garin
Numan Acar ... Mustafa
Igal Naor ... Mesrob
Milene Mayer ... Yeva
Tamer Hassan ... Faruk Pasha
Alicia Borrachero ... Lena
Abel Folk ... Harut
Jean Reno ... Admiral Fournet


The film tells the story of Michael (Oscar Isaac), a young Armenian who dreams of studying medicine. When he travels to Constantinople to study, he meets Armenian Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) and falls in love with her, although she dates the American photographer Chris (Christian Bale), sent to Turkey to record the first genocide of the 20th century when the Turks exterminated the Armenian minority. A love triangle settles amidst the horrors of war.

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Empires fall. Love survives.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Near the end, Michael, as the narrator says that Yeva joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (actually, he says "Women's Army Corps, a common movie mistake) after the Japanese attack on Pearl, but she is wearing a U.S. Marine Corps uniform. See more »


[first lines]
Mikael Boghosian: [narrating] Our village sat high in the mountains of Southern Turkey. It was half Turk, half Armenian. I was the local apothecary. For 200 years the Boghosians made medicines using formulas handed down from our ancestors. All right. We treated everyone alike... Muslim and Christian, rich and poor. Every morning and night. I was proud of our craft. But making potions from herbs and minerals was not enough. My greatest desire was to study medicine at the imperial school in ...
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Impressive and thought-provoking film about a love triangle set in the Ottoman empire during WWI
21 July 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Extraordinary film correctly based on real deeds and set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire . It deals with a love triangle between Mikael Boghosian , an intelligent medical student (Oscar Isaac) , the gorgeous Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) , and Chris (Christian Bale) a renowned and brilliant American journalist based in Paris . Michael gets avoid by means of bribes to be recruited in the Turkish army ; however , the happenings break out and as he escapes , hides and flees . They are accidentally trapped in violent events when their family , friends and neighbours are massacred . After WWI bursts , all get worse . It begins the horrible genocide including rampage , and ravage in Anatolia which is expanded for the East . Armenians' slaughter is executed by soldiers and government officials . The journalist Chris gets into tumult and will shoot to show it all around the world . While Michael attempts to protect his family and the unfortunate refugees . Meantime , other refugees flee toward the far frontier to find shelter and attempting to get safety in Aleppo , Syria , to survive the genocide in Turkey .

¨The Promise¨ follows a love triangle among a medical student , a sophisticated women and an prestigious American reporter . The film has an acid critic to the indolence of European nations and international community and specially , the abandon of foreign policy . Protagonist trio gives sensational performance , accompanied by a great support cast , such as Daniel Giménez Cacho , Tom Hollander , Angela Sarafyan , Alicia Borrachero , Jean Reno , Rade Serbedzija ,and James Cromwell as Ambassador Morgenthau . The movie has a colorful and evocative cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe , being filmed in 72 days across 20 locations throughout Spain , Malta, Portugal and New York. And a touching and moving musical score by Gabriel Yared . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Terry George who previoulsy made ¨In the name of the father¨ (1993) and ¨Hotel Rwanda¨ (2004)) . Terry was fully backed by the Kerkorian Foundation as well as an Armenian-American production company . Terry said : there's a difference between a perception of a story and the veracity of a story, we never wanted to dictate perception, just tell the truth . Rating : Awesome and above average . Indispensable and essential watching .

The flick is based on actual events , these are the following ones : It's calculated that in the indiscriminate massacre were cruelly killed by Turks approximately 1.5 million Armenians . This brutal genocide against Armenians is called ¨Armenian Holocaust¨ that was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of Armenians , mostly Ottoman citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey . The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.Other indigenous and Christian ethnic groups such as the Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government in the Assyrian genocide and the Greek genocide, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy. Reports of the conflict reached then United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire Henry Morgenthau , Sr. from Aleppo and Van, prompting him to raise the issue in person with Talaat and Enver. As he quoted to them the testimonies of his consulate officials, they justified the deportations as necessary to the conduct of the war, suggesting that complicity of the Armenians of Van with the Russian forces that had taken the city justified the persecution of all ethnic Armenians. The Armenians were marched out to the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor and the surrounding desert. There is no evidence that the Ottoman government provided the extensive facilities and supplies that would have been necessary to sustain the life of hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees during their forced march to the Syrian desert or after . By August 1915, The New York Times repeated an unattributed report that "the roads and the Euphrates are strewn with corpses of exiles, and those who survive are doomed to certain death. It is a plan to exterminate the whole Armenian people". Talaat Pasha and Djemal Pasha were completely aware that by abandoning the Armenian deportees in the desert they were condemning them to certain death . Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.

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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,095,718, 23 April 2017

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2.35 : 1
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