The Promise

The Promise

DVD - 2017
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Empires fall, love survives. When Michael, a brilliant medical student, meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend Chris, a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC PRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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singidunum_25
Feb 20, 2018

In order to attract audience, movie has “love triangle” tag line....but, it is not what you want to see in this movie. It is a story about Armenian genocide that should be clearly stated and everything else is just secondary.

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poodlegirl
Jan 26, 2018

A very informative film. Well acted. I'd heard about the tragic Armenian Holocaust but this put it into clear understanding.

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margarita89
Dec 31, 2017

Beautifully written, directed and acted with captivating performances from beginning to end, tells the true tale of a race of people who only wanted to live, dance, sing, work and praise in peace but were forcebly ousted from every country that until then had welcomed them. Oddly, as an actor of the stage this is the same story our theater just attempted to portray this Fall, falling sadly short. We should have just gone to the movies instead.

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bobbyterrell
Dec 24, 2017

Truly a masterful movie. When billionaire Kirk Kerkorian OWNED MGM he couldn’t get this movie made. He finally just paid for it himself. I’m glad he waited. I can’t imagine anyone else but Oscar Isaac in the role. Best advice, learn the history after watching the movie. I felt the same suspense I got when watching Masada years ago without knowing the history. (wiki the history on Masada instead). I really didn’t know know how this movie would end. Suffice it to say the journey is worth every minute.
I had to make a note about one review . “ Started well, but became too violent and brutal with the genocide of the Armenians.”
Wow.....Schindler’s list was a great movie until they started loading people on trains.

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BruceLangford
Dec 03, 2017

Many of the comments here are about the film "The Promise" not this one - a slight difference in the title but an important one to note - "A Promise."

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ralwal
Nov 29, 2017

Started well, but became too violent and brutal with the genocide of the Armenians.

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AnnieTodd
Nov 22, 2017

Absolutely excellent story of the Armenian holocaust by the Turks.

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muffybear
Oct 23, 2017

I found this movie to be really good, entertaining and kept you watching.

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QuentinHayes
Oct 07, 2017

Couldn't watch it--the tedious love triangle that prefaces the meat of the movie was too long and boring of a preface. Probably better to get your history from a history book than a fictional movie anyway.

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dennismmiller
Oct 06, 2017

The Promise can't seem to decide whether it wants to be Doctor Zhivago or Schindler's List. The characters are too passionless for a decent love story, and the film seems unwilling to show the viewer anything distinctive about Armenian culture or community, so that their survival as a people never seems to mean more than the physical survival of individuals. In either case, to do justice to the story The Promise wants to tell, it had to be an epic, and the film we have is unfortunately constrained. Not bad, but not what it could have been.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2017

Our village sat high in the mountains of Southern Turkey. It was half Turk, half Armenian.
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You're not a Turk. Armenians have to apply in their hometown.
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The Armenians are a tumor in our midst, Emre. Do you understand?
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Involving the mass arrest of intellectuals, bankers and clergy. It does appear to be an attempt to stifle and silence the Armenian population.
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Who are you to spread such rumors?
-Right now... Outside of Siroun... You'll find the bodies of every Armenian from my village rotting in a river. Every man, woman and child marched from their home, brought there and slaughtered, all of them. My father. My wife. Stabbed, slashed open. Our unborn child ripped from her womb. You don't believe me?
Hmm? Go. Go look for yourself. Follow the vultures and the smell.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2017

I made a promise. I... can't go back on that, uncle.
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He's a spy. And he has used journalism to smear the ottoman empire and its soldiers around the world with his fabrication about the relocation of the Armenians.
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We will build a future together, Maral and I. And we will grow to love each other.
And you will be proud of us.
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I fell in love with someone. I can't do this. I can't marry Maral.
-You have to marry Maral. Whatever happened, that was another life.
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Our revenge will be to survive.
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My darling Yeva told me that her greatest wish was that her parents and our dear Ana were here. I told her I know that they are. For sure, they are here. And all of your parents and all those families lost in an attempt to wipe our nation from the face of the earth. But we're still here. We're still here.

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