Promise at Dawn (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Promise at Dawn (1971)





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In this European drama, a Soviet silent screen actress sacrifices everything to care for her illegitimate son. After leaving films, she joins a traveling troupe that ends in Krakou where she pretends to be a famed Parisian designer. When the truth is revealed, she heads for Nice to work odd-jobs. Her son grows up and is serving in the French Air force during WW II where he becomes a hero decorated by Charles de Gaulle. In turn, he desires to give his medal to his beloved mother and so returns to Nice only to discover that she has been dead for two years. Devoted to the very last, she had written him 250 letters before she died so that he would have a steady supply of letters and be comforted.


Melina Mercouri
as Nina Kacewa
Assi Dayan
as Romain Kacew age 25
Jules Dassin
as Ivan Mosjukine (as Perlo Vita)
Didier Haudepin
as Romain Kacew age 15
Francois Raffoul
as Romain (age 9)
Jean Martin
as Igor Igorevitch
Fernand Gravey
as Jean-Michel Serusier
Jacqueline Porel
as Mme. Mailler
Elspeth March
as Polish Matron
Maria Machado
as Nathalia Lissenko
Julie Dassin
as Royal Navy Wren
Rene Clermont
as Mr. Piekielny
Carol Cole
as Louison
Audrey Berindy
as Valentine
Jacqueline Duc
as M. de Rare
as Angelique
Terese Thoreaux
as Silent Film Heroine
Denis Berry
as Belle Gueule
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Critic Reviews for Promise at Dawn

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

That's about what Promise at Dawn leaves us with: Melina Mercouri moving triumphantly through a story that never quite engages her, or us.

July 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Surely Scenarist-Director Jules Dassin jests. Or does he?

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The sentiment and warmth of Gary's memoir is often overcome by Dassin's rather heavy-handed and imprecise direction.

January 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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