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The Promise (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mikael Boghosian
... Ana Khesarian
... Chris Myers
... Reverend Dikran Antreassian
... Marta Boghosian
... Emre Ogan
... Maral
... Garin
... Mustafa
... Mesrob
... Yeva
... Faruk Pasha
... Lena
... Harut
... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Empires fall. Love survives.


Drama | History

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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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La promesa  »

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Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film, ethnic Armenians attempt to flee to safety in Aleppo, Syria to survive the genocide in Turkey. Tragically, 100 years after the events portrayed in the film, the reverse is true - Aleppo has been ravaged by genocide with many survivors attempting to flee to safety in Turkey. 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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12 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Something is wrong when the downvotes are massive on a film with no real release. Then you realize its about the armenian genocide.... This could have been revealed in the discussion page rather than people posting fake reviews, but here it is, you made your page less informative because you were so afraid of trolls you ripped out and erased a basic feature for your site, you lost the ability to pick the brain of the world.

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