The Promise (1969 film)

The Promise is a 1969 British drama film based on a play by Russian playwright Aleksei Arbuzov. Set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, it is the story of a love triangle involving three young people caught up in the Siege of Leningrad. The film follows the main protagonists in the post-war years in an attempt to show the lasting effects of that relationship.

The Promise
Directed byMichael Hayes
Produced byAnthony B. Unger
Henry T. Weinstein
Written byMichael Hayes
Based ona play by Aleksei Arbuzov
StarringJohn Castle
Ian McKellen
Music byIwan Williams
Howard & Wyndham Films and Television
Release date
  • December 1969 (1969-12)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budgetless than £200,000[1]

The film was on the British Film Institute's BFI 75 Most Wanted list of lost films until a mislabeled copy was found in the British Film Institute's archive after an audit.[2][1]


See also


  1. "The Promise / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. "BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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