Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises

Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel
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Eastern Promises

Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Vincent Cassel star in this David Cronenberg's thriller concerning a London midwife who unwittingly stumbles into a clandestine Russian sex trafficking ring. An unidentified Russian teen has been rushed to a London hospital after going into labor. Though midwife Anna Khitrova (Watts) does manage to deliver a healthy baby girl, the newborn's mother dies tragically during delivery. But the deceased mother's secrets did not die with her, because she has left behind a diary. Determined to ensure the newborn is placed with her rightful family, Anna attempts to read the diary and discovers a business card for a local restaurant therein. Upon visiting the restaurant Anna is greeted by kindly owner Semyon (Mueller-Stahl), who generously offers to translate it for her. But Semyon is not what he appears to be, and before long Anna begins to fear that the child could be in great danger. Semyon admits to Anna that the diary contains information about his son Kirill (Cassell) that could land the volatile offspring in jail despite the fact that Kirill is at heart a good person. As the truth begins to unfold and Anna begins to believe that Kirill and his driver Nikolai (Mortensen) - an ambitious driver seeking to ascent the ranks of the notorious Russian mafia - mean the baby harm, an underworld storm begins to brew that could consume all involved.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/23/2007
UPC: 0025193330024
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 23,043

Special Features

Secrets and stories: See how director David Cronenberg brought the screenplay to life in the dark and forbidding streets of London; Marked for life: Director David Cronenberg reveals the hidden story behind Russian tattoos as well as their complaex symbolism and unique visual storytelling

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Viggo Mortensen Nikolai Luzhin
Naomi Watts Anna Khitrova
Vincent Cassel Kirill
Armin Mueller-Stahl Semyon
Sinéad Cusack Helen
Donald Sumpter Yuri
Josef Altin Ekrem
Mina E. Mina Azim
Aleksandar Mikic Soyka
Sarah Jeanne Labrosse Tatiana
Lalita Ahmed Customer
Buddy Uzzaman Chemist
Dana Smith Croll Nurse
Raza Jaffrey Doctor Aziz
Jerzy Skolimowski Stepan
Tatiana Maslany Tatiana's Voice
Shannon-Fleur Roux Maria
Lillibet Langley Violin Girl
Mia Soterious Azim's Wife
Rad Kaim Head Waiter
Rhodri Miles Senior Officer
Tereza Srbova Kirilenko
Elisa Lasowski Prostitute
Christina Catalina Prostitute
Alice Henley Prostitute
Faton Gerbeshi Pimp
David Papava Chechen
Tamer Hassan Chechen
Gergo Danka Junior Waiter
Michael Sarne Valery
Boris Isarov Russian Boss
Yuri Klimov Russian Boss
Andrzej Borkowski The Gypsy
Olegario Fedoro Tattooist
Howard Shore Conductor

Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Lucy Allen Stunts
Gary Arthurs Stunts
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Christine Blundell Makeup
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Stephanie Carey Stunts
Dan Carnegie Animator
George Cottle Stunts
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Darkside Special Effects
Stephan Dupuis Makeup
Manex Efrem Special Effects Supervisor
Karen Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
Charmaine Fuller Makeup
Stephen Garrett Executive Producer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Nina Gold Casting
Rebecca Holmes Art Director
Steve Knight Screenwriter
Robert Lantos Producer
Mai-Ling Lee Animator
Nick Palmer Art Director
Dominic Preece Stunts
Ronald Sanders Editor
Tracey Seaward Co-producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Carol Spier Production Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Paul Webster Producer
Stuart Wilson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eastern Promises
1. Pronounced Dead (Main Titles) [4:44]
2. Surviving Diary [3:27]
3. Trans-Siberian [6:26]
4. Show Some Respect [6:54]
5. Only a Driver [7:31]
6. Professionally Processed [3:20]
7. Staying Alive [5:25]
8. Ordinary People [5:31]
9. Spreading Lies [4:04]
10. An Exchange [6:15]
11. Just Passing [:48]
12. For My Brother [2:17]
13. Offered Stars [5:47]
14. Living in the Zone [7:19]
15. To the Slaughter [4:18]
16. Exile or Death [6:40]
17. Drawing Blood [4:22]
18. Becoming King [2:07]
19. A Better Life [6:28]
20. End Titles [1:36]

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Eastern Promises 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie 3 times and will probably see it several more. The story draws you into to way of life that is foreign to most of us. Viggo did an outstanding acting job and hopefully will be recognized for his work. The rest of the cast all complimented each other. You won't be disappointed!
Kai More than 1 year ago
I initially saw this movie only because I love Viggo Mortenson's acting. I must say that now I love the movie because it has a depth that I never imagined it would. The portrayal of the character's emotions and the contrast between their inner selves and the front that they portray to others, especially concerning Viggo's character, is amazing to see played out on screen. The plot ties you in with the complexitites of the workings of a faction of the Russian mob. The only thing that would put off some people from seeing this movie is that it can get rather violent at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love mafia movies such as goodfellas, the departed and etc then you will love Eastern Promises. Viggo Mortensens performance is the best of his career. It is a definite must see.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was good, a little weird but interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great movie!
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niafong More than 1 year ago
This movie was slightly overrated, if you ask me. It had say that ad great potential as Viggo Mortensen nearly carried the day, but he was too sly. I would have given this film more stars if Mortenson and Watts had given their able performances as they could have been able to carry the day, but they ended yo losing. I would also say the plot had a total Hollywood spin as to be irrelevant.
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
Like "History of Violence," I thought the trailer to this film looked insanely good. I couldn't wait to see it, but I have to say after the first viewing, like "History of Violence," I was extremely dissappointed. I was starting to wonder what was going on with Cronenberg and why he was making these films that realm around the mob. I'm more of a fan of his earlier work with "Videodrome, the Fly, Naked Lunch," so maybe I was just expecting a little too much. After a few years and more debates than I can count on how well "History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises" stand out in American Film Cinema. I decided after a few years of not seeing "History of Violence" and a year for "Eastern Promises," to check them both out again and this time after more pondering and with more of what to expect, I actually found these features to be very interesting and compelling. Especially "Eastern Promises." The story is about the Russian Mafia Outfit in London, with Viggo Mortensen playing a Russian stone-cold killer type driver for the Bosses son played by Vincent Cassel. Naomi Watts plays an innocent (since she's so good at that) nurse who comes a across a pregnant teenagers diary which discusses the brutal nature of the local Mafia Outfit. The story is an intense thrill-ride and keeps you wanting more and more. Mortensen portrays his character beautifully and in my mind is his best acting gig to date. Covering himself in Prison tattoos and conquering a rough Soviet dialect, he kind of reminds me of DeNiro playing Vito Corleone in the Godfather Part 2. So in the end, I think you're either going to love this film or hate it. Like I stated in the beginning, it took me a while to get into this feature and to comprehend the entire subject as a whole. Sure at times, it might not seem like the film's pace is quick enough, but after more viewing, I think that overall, it's a damn fine piece of art. I think and even Viggo Mortensen explains on the Special Features Featurette that both "History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises" are companions, they're not sequals, but the concepts of Violence and the Mob are the same. So this film will either be a hit or miss with you...just watch with an open mind.
lmrice More than 1 year ago
What a great, dark film. Worth owning.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I am not the biggest fan of most gangster dramas or whatever, but this one was pretty good. I felt they could have taken it a little further, but I still found the plot engrossing enough. There is a decent twist within it too. All the actors did a good job...but Viggo Mortensen definitely stole the show. He was slick, smooth, and all around was just a bad@$$ in this movie. He did a wonderful Russian accent as well. All the actors did a good job though. Some parts of this movie were a bit brutal and bloody, so if you're of a weak constituation, I would recommend avoiding this movie, but if you like a good gangster drama and a bit of gore doesn't bother you too much, this is a good flick for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually fell asleep when I saw the film in theatres, but it was still really good. Viggo's performance was above par, as was the girl's, and the father's. All in all, a great family film...but not for the kids.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i love viggo in this movie. he can take care of business