Eastern Promises Image
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 227 Ratings

Summary: 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 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, brutal core--the family is 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 at Christmastime 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, which is written in Russian; thus, 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. (Focus Features)
Runtime: 100 min
Rating: Rated R for strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity.
Production: BBC Films
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Countries: USA, UK, Canada
Languages: English, Urdu, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish
Home Release Date: Dec 26, 2007
Director Credit
David Cronenberg Director
Writer Credit
Steven Knight Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Armin Mueller-Stahl Semyon
Naomi Watts Anna
Viggo Mortensen Nikolai
Cast Credit
Aleksander Mikic Soyka
Badi Uzzaman Chemist
Doña Croll Nurse
Jerzy Skolimowski Stepan
Josef Altin Ekrem
Lalita Ahmed Customer
Mina E. Mina Azim
Raza Jaffrey Doctor Aziz
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse Tatiana
Sinéad Cusack Helen
Tatiana Maslany Tatiana
Vincent Cassel Kirill
Producer Credit
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Paul Webster Producer
Robert Lantos Producer
Stephen Garrett Executive Producer
Tracey Seaward Co-Producer
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