Eastern Promises

Release Date: September 14, 2007
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Limited release

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3/94 Shane Jenkins Absolutely stunning. And I don't throw the word "stunning" around very much. A completely satisfying movie experience.
17/214 Max Braden Naomi Watts feels the least genuine in this great depiction of the Russian mafia.
18/46 Les Winan Between this and A History of Violence, Cronenberg is officially forgiven for participating in Jason X. Mortensen is typically excellent.

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Director David Cronenberg has established himself as one of the more unique filmmakers working today. His willingness to take chances has resulted in films like Shivers, The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Crash, eXistenZ and most recently, A History of Violence. A History of Violence had him adapting a graphic novel that explores violence and the ways that people attempt to reconcile past mistakes.

For Cronenberg's newest project, Eastern Promises, he reteams with his History of Violence star Viggo Mortensen. In the film, Mortensen plays the merciless and enigmatic Nikolai, a man who is connected to one of the most notorious crime families in Great Britain. He is a careful and deliberate individual who works hard to maintain his private identity. He finds himself challenged to continue as he has been when he comes across a woman named Anna (Naomi Watts).

Anna is a midwife who accidentally comes across evidence that implicates the crime family to which Nikolai is linked. Despite recognizing her status as an innocent in the process, her discovery means that Nikolai must set in motion a chain of events that lead to murder and retribution. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Eastern Promises
Main Cast Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel
Supporting Cast Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinead Cusack, Donald Sumpter, Jerzy Skolimowski
Director David Cronenberg
Screenwriter Steven Knight
Distributor Focus Features
Awards Awards page for Eastern Promises
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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