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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 and the subsequent play by Samuel A. Taylor.

Promise at Dawn
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Film poster
Directed byJules Dassin
Produced byJules Dassin
Written byJules Dassin
Romain Gary (novel)
Andrew Sarris
Samuel A. Taylor (play)
StarringMelina Mercouri
Assi Dayan
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyJean Badal
Edited byRobert Lawrence
Nathalie Productions
Distributed byAVCO Embassy Pictures
Release date
  • November 25, 1970 (1970-11-25)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States


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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