Eastern Promises


1h 40m 2007

Brief Synopsis

The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the

Film Details

Also Known As
La promessa dell'assassino, Les Promesses de l'ombre, Promesas del este, Promessas Perigosas, Promesses de l'ombre, Prísluby z východu, Rytieti?ki pa?adai, Senhores do Crime, Tödliche Versprechen - Eastern Promises, Východní prísliby, promessa dell'assassino
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths during Christmas with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby's lineage and relatives. The girl's personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. Anna's mother Helen does not discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan urges caution. He is right to do so; by delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives--including his own--hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.

Crew

Jeff Abberley

Executive Producer

Barry Abbott

Carpenter

David Abbott

Carpenter

Lucy Allen

Stunts

Chris Allkins

Electrician

Mark Appleby

Adr

Philip Arditti

Advisor

Gary Arthurs

Stunts

Hailu Asfaw

Craft Service

Clint Bailey

Driver

Vanessa Baker

Adr Voice Casting

Gavin Ball

Driver

Jon Banks

Music

Paul Barker

Rigging Electrician

Lauren Barnhart

Assistant

Greg Barrett

Dailies

Robin Baynton

Music Engineer

Orin Beaton

Boom Operator

Mike Beaven

Transportation Captain

Ronald Bede

Construction

Nicola Benedetti

Music

Barb Benoit

Digital Effects

Dennis Berardi

Visual Effects Producer

Robert Bertola

Sound Effects Editor

Bruce Bigg

Property Master

Peter Bigg

Props

William Bimpson

Rigging Electrician

Bryony Birkbeck

Other

Julia Blackman

Executive Producer

Kathryn Blight

Costumes

Christine Blundell

Makeup Artist

Deirdre Bowen

Casting

Tom Bowes

Original Music

Kyle Boylen

Visual Effects

Allan Bradshaw

Driver

Chris Bradshaw

Costume Supervisor

Roy Branch

Electrician

Francis Brant

Props

Julie Brinkman

Assistant

David Broder

Location Manager

Clive Broom

Medic

Catharine Brown

Assistant Camera

Kevin Brown

Art Department

Nicholas Bucknell

Music

Daniela Burcea

Production Assistant

Corina Burrough

Props Buyer

Ruth Caleb

Producer

Cherri Campbell

Assistant

Viveene Campbell

Costumes

Fiona Campbell-westgate

Visual Effects Producer

Stephanie Carey

Stunts

Tommy Carlin

Rigging Electrician

Dan Carnegie

Animator

Paul Carr

Adr Mixer

Graham Caulfield

Props

Leonie Heys Cerchio

Art Department

Luke Chisholm

Grip

Barry Cholerton

Driver

Lennie Clark

Plasterer

John Clarke

Electrician

Roy Clarke

Driver

Dean Clegg

Illustrator

Christopher Cockburn

Plasterer

Diarmuid Coghlan

Accounting Assistant

Andy Cole

Best Boy Electric

John Colley

Chief Lighting Technician

Stanley Cook

Props

Christian Cooke

Adr

Christian Cooke

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Kate Cooper

Camera Trainee

Chris Corke

Carpenter

George Cottle

Stunts

David Creed

Construction Manager

Ian Creed

Coordinator

Denise Cronenberg

Costume Designer

Catherine Currie

Post-Production Accountant

Tony Currie

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Kate Curtis

Art Department

Kate Curtis

Models

Heiko Daugau

Driver

Jo Davies

Assistant

Michael Dawson

Special Effects Coordinator

John Daynes

Scenic Artist

John Dearn

Plasterer

Mark Dearn

Plasterer

Catherine Derry

Camera Focus Puller

Catherine Derry

Assistant Camera

Brendan Donnison

Adr Voice Casting

Kevin Dore

Driver

Dawn Draper

Caterer

Rob Dugdale

Scenic Artist

Robert Dunn

Plasterer

Jennifer Dunnington

Music Editor

Stephan Dupuis

Makeup

Peter Edge

Painter

Manex Efrem

Special Effects Supervisor

Nigel Egerton

Assistant Costume Designer

Bibs Ekkel

Music

Karen Elliott

Music Supervisor

Robert Ellis

Location Assistant

Michelle Escoffery

Song

Judy Farr

Set Decorator

Olegar Fedoro

Dialogue Coach

Mike Fiddock

Craft Service

Luke Fisher

Sculptor

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Electrician

Michael Fleming

Props

Ian Ford

Location Assistant

Pauline Fowler

Prosthetics

Vic Fraser

Music

Charmaine Fuller

Makeup Artist

John Furniotis

Titles

Susan Furniotis

Titles

Matt Gallagher

Rights & Clearances

Stephen Garrett

Executive Producer

Walter Gasparovic

Assistant Director

Rob Gavigan

Rigging Electrician

Helen Gavriel

Music

James Gibb

Sound

David Gibson

Carpenter

Andrea Gobbatto

Transportation Coordinator

Lee Goddard

Scenic Artist

Tony Goddard

Scenic Artist

Nina Gold

Casting

Jamie Gould

Sound Mixer

Alastair Gray

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Dave Grayson

Rigging Electrician

Mary-lou Green-benvenuti

Hair Stylist

Wayne Griffin

Supervising Sound Editor

Annu Gulati

Digital Effects

George Hammond Hagan

Song

John Hammond Hagan

Song

Ruth Halliday

Rights & Clearances

Rod Hambline

Modelmaker

Rod Hambline

Casting

Alexis Hamilton

Props

Tamsin Hanks

Mechanical Special Effects

Dorian Harewood

Cashier

Pat Harrison

Plasterer

Darren Harvey

Electrician

Esin Harvey

Advisor

Peter Hasler

Props

John Heayn

Carpenter

Paul Herbert

Stunt Coordinator

Robert Hill

Music

Rebecca Holmes

Art Director

Victoria Holt

Visual Effects

Noel Hooper

Visual Effects

Benjamin Howard

Assistant Director

Mick Hurrell

Advisor

Matthew Hussey

Assistant Sound Editor

Joe Iacono

Accountant

Weisbord Del Gaudio Iacono

Accountant

Nick Iannelli

Film Lab

Ahmad Ismail

Titles And Opticals

Andrew Jack

Dialogue Coach

Scott Jacobson

Assistant

Carlton Jarvis

Advisor

Chris Kearey

Modelmaker

William Keenan

Rigging Electrician

Nick Kenealy

Video Assist/Playback

Ben Kerr

Electrician

Roy Kirkman

Driver

Steven Knight

Screenplay

Greg Knowles

Music

Samantha Knox-johnston

Production Coordinator

Helen Koutas

Graphics Coordinator

Goro Koyama

Foley Artist

Richard Lancaster

Music

Robert Lantos

Producer

Steve Lawrence

Driver

Mai-ling Lee

Animator

Stephen Lee

Video Assist/Playback

Sam Leek

Assistant Location Manager

Susanna Lenton

Script Supervisor

Trevor Lewis

Film Lab

Sarah Lindfield

Production Secretary

Abbie Lister

Music

Mitch Lowe

Sound

Dave Lowery

Carpenter

Chris Mackenzie

Titles And Opticals

Danny Madden

Rigging Electrician

Vince Madden

Rigging Gaffer

Andy Malcolm

Foley Artist

Anna Malkin

Foley Recordist

Andrew Mannion

Assistant Director

Candy Marlowe

Assistant Director

Mick Martin

Production

Waldo Mason

Art Department

Waldo Mason

Painter

Haydn Masuda

Visual Effects

Sandra Mccallig

Assistant Editor

Adrian Mccarthy

Key Grip

Con Mcclosky

Prosthetic Makeup

Daniel Meaker

Prosthetic Makeup

Lisa Meller

Art Department

Peter Mercer

Driver

Julie Merritt

Wardrobe Assistant

Amy Merry

Art Department

Rudy Michael

Adr

Film Details

Also Known As
La promessa dell'assassino, Les Promesses de l'ombre, Promesas del este, Promessas Perigosas, Promesses de l'ombre, Prísluby z východu, Rytieti?ki pa?adai, Senhores do Crime, Tödliche Versprechen - Eastern Promises, Východní prísliby, promessa dell'assassino
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Award Nominations

Best Actor

2007
Viggo Mortensen

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States September 2007 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Official Selection) September 20-29, 2007.)

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen) by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).

Winner of the 2007 Satellite Award for Best Actor - Drama (Viggo Mortensen) by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall September 14, 2007

Limited Release in United States September 14, 2007

Released in United States on Video December 23, 2007

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States September 2007

Shown at London Film Festival (Opening Night Gala) October 17-November 1, 2007.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Official Selection) September 20-29, 2007.

Released in United States Fall September 14, 2007

Limited Release in United States September 14, 2007

Released in United States on Video December 23, 2007

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at London Film Festival (Opening Night Gala) October 17-November 1, 2007.)