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Eastern Promises

Suspense/Drama

Rated R

Box Office: $17.3M

Format

Boxart Format Release Date
Kic brk25816 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray
UPC: 738329258160
03/22/2022
Kic brk25817 Blu-ray
UPC: 738329258177
03/22/2022
Mca br62105473 Blu-ray
UPC: 025195045698
10/14/2008
Mca d62033300d DVD Widescreen
UPC: 025193330024
12/26/2007

Release Dates

When Announced When Released
In Theaters September 14 2007
On 4K-UHD March 22 2022Now Available
On Blu-ray October 14 2008Now Available
On DVD December 26 2007Now Available

Product Details

PRINCIPAL CAST

Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinead Cusack, Donald Sumpter, Jerzy Skolimowski

DIRECTOR

David Cronenberg

WRITER

Steve Knight

SYNOPSIS

The new thriller reteaming acclaimed director David Cronenberg with his A History of Violence leading man Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises is written by Steve Knight (Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things).

As in the earlier film, director and star together explore the psyche, physicality, and fortunes of a man whose true nature may never be wholly revealed. The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin (Mr. Mortensen) 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 (Academy Award nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl), 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 (Vincent Cassel), who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father.

But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova (Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), 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 (Sinead Cusack) does not discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan (Jerzy Skolimowski) 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.

BOX OFFICE

$17.3 Million

GENRE

Suspense/Drama

RATING

Rated R
strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity

RUN TIME

101 Minutes

STUDIO

Focus

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