604 user 170 critic

The Promise (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 21 April 2017 (USA)
2:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.


130 ( 54)
1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Director: Zach Braff
Stars: Michael Caine, Richie Moriarty, Josh Pais
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller
The Circle I (2017)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

Director: James Ponsoldt
Stars: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega
Gifted (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Director: Niki Caro
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl
Free Fire (2016)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.

Director: Rupert Sanders
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano
The Exception (2016)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

Director: David Leveaux
Stars: Lily James, Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer
Pilgrimage II (2017)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 13th century Ireland, a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.

Director: Brendan Muldowney
Stars: Tom Holland, Richard Armitage, Jon Bernthal
Unforgettable II (2017)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband's new fiancée.

Director: Denise Di Novi
Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults
Drone (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman.

Director: Jason Bourque
Stars: Sean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Mary McCormack
Inconceivable (2017)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A mother looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother, who grows suspicious of her.

Director: Jonathan Baker
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon, Nicky Whelan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Emre Ogan
Faruk Pasha
Admiral Fournet


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.

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 »





| | |

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La promesa  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The priest on the set of film was a real Armenian priest from Armenia that happened to live in Spain. Etchmiadzin, one of the oldest cities in Armenia, has three sister churches and this is where he was ordained. He actually married Oscar and Angela on set, with the true Armenian prayer they would do at any traditional Armenian wedding. Those prayers were true in 1915 and remain the same to this day. He said in the end, "I need to divorce you, because you are technically married in the eyes of God." 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 ...
See more »


Featured in Intent to Destroy (2017) See more »


Sari Siroun Yar
Written by Kushan Ashot
Performed by Serj Tankian and the' Authentic Light Orchestra' with Vocals by Veronika Stalder
Courtesy of Serjical Strike Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Clearly an actors' movie and can be appreciated even if you don't care about history
17 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

What madness is this? I just arrived from cinema and although the summer season has begun they showed me a movie which is not: • some random French or Russian comedy, • a sequel, • a prequel or at least origin story • an animation, • based on YA novel or comic book… • based on a novel or non-fiction book or some older movie • there's not even any superheroes or mutants in it, ferchrissake! Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire and their attempt to wipe out as many Armenian people as they can, at its heart there is a love story – two guys (Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale) want the same girl (Charlotte Le Bon). The Turkish government would never allow a movie like this to be filmed on their home territory – it's said that the Turks have never acknowledged the genocide or their role in it. So it was all filmed in Spain, Malta, Portugal and USA. It has a big budget of 90 million USD and that money is well spent. The movie as a whole looks old- fashioned in a good way: majestic and poetic, also a bit nostalgic for the past „simpler times". The story is also old-fashioned in a good way, which is to say the approach is populist – clearly black and white, we always know who the good and the bad guys are and nobody's choices are never questioned in broader context. But this kind of approach is not a problem when we have three leading thespians so able as Isaac, Bale and Le Bon. They put every nuance of the material to efficient use. "The Promise" is clearly an actors' movie and that's how it can be appreciated even if you personally do not care about that part of history. Some of the scenes with strongest dramatical impact are done even shortly and without any words, just a quick look, pause, and they move on. „The Project" never dwells long on anything happening on screen, there's so much story to give and absorb in the 132 minutes it has. And yet thanks to competent direction and superb actors, it never feels rushed, there's always enough room for important things and people in the context of the story. I especially like the action scenes which are actually pretty small in scope, compared to most war dramas produced today, but it never feel that way. The suspense and danger surrounding the main characters is always real. I am not trying to step on anyone's feelings and underplay the seriousness of the genocide, but it can be said that the century-old suffering of Armenians is not the most well-known of historical tragedies, especially to the general English-speaking audience the movie is produced for. So having a big budget that enormous seems kind of risky. Luckily for the people involved, the project was fully financed by billionaire Kirk Kerkorian of Armenian extraction whose family had lived through the events depicted in the movie, and all the proceeds will go to nonprofits (ie, charity). A fun IMDb fact to end with. „The Promise" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, but before the audience even left the theater, reviewers suspected to be Turkish government- sponsored trolls had submitted ca 4,000 negative ratings. That number quickly multiplied before the movie was released. Maybe that's why the IMDb score is pretty low, 5.9/10. All in all, it's a competent and confident movie from all involved. Even the main man behind the screen, the co-writer and director Terry George is not randomly chosen. His earlier magnum opus is acclaimed and Oscar-nominated „Hotel Rwanda" (2004) about mass murder of Tutsi people in 1990's Africa. So it's like his second shot at the epic making glory in Hollywood. Here's hope the movie doesn't disappear unnoticed… although not having superheroes or even mutants is clearly a misstep!

18 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: