Promise at Dawn

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Promise at Dawn
Promise at Dawn FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Jules Dassin
Produced by Jules Dassin
Written by Jules Dassin
Romain Gary
Andrew Sarris
Samuel A. Taylor
Starring Melina Mercouri
Assi Dayan
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Jean Badal
Edited by Robert Lawrence
Nathalie Productions
Distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures
Release date
  • November 25, 1970 (1970-11-25)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Promise at Dawn (French: La Promesse de l'aube) is a 1970 American drama film directed by Jules Dassin. It is based on the 1960 novel Promise at Dawn (French: La Promesse de l'aube) by Romain Gary.


The film follows author Romain Gary as he recalls his growing up with his Russian-born mother. The two leave Russia for France, where they settle in Paris. As twenty years pass, they encounter social change, age, different convictions, poverty and the slow approach of World War II.


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