Eastern Promises (2007) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.7/ 10 (130854 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity

Production Company
Astral Media [ca] - (in association with)
BBC Films [gb] - (in association with)
Corus Entertainment [ca] - (in association with)
Focus Features [us] - (presents)
Kudos Film and Television [gb] - (as Kudos Pictures)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 8 September 2007
(Canada) - 14 September 2007
(USA) - 14 September 2007
(Spain) - 20 September 2007
(USA) - 21 September 2007

Running Time
Canada:96 (Toronto International Film Festival)

Every sin leaves a mark.

accordion, adoption, anglo-russian, baby, balloon, barber, barber-shop, bare-breasts, bare-chested-male, bathhouse, beating, betrayal, birthday-cake, birthday-party, blonde, blood, blood-spatter, borscht, breasts, brothel, bruise, brutality, burning-book, business-card, butt-slap,

Technical Support
CAM:Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
CAM:Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
MET:2744 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
MET:2745 m - (Sweden)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (2K) (master format)
PCS:Spherical - (source format)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Altin, Josef as [Ekrem] <1>
  2. Borkowski, Andrzej (I) as [The Gypsy] <33>
  3. Botes, Morne as (uncredited) [Vespa Rider]
  4. Cassel, Vincent as [Kirill] <14>
  5. Cook, Tony (VI) as (uncredited) [Football Hooligan]
  6. Danka, Gergo as [Junior Waiter] <29>
  7. Fedoro, Olegar as [Tattooist] <34>
  8. Fiddy, James as (uncredited) [Football Supporter]
  9. Gerbeshi, Faton as [Pimp] <26>
  10. Hassan, Tamer as [Chechen] <28>
  11. Isarov, Boris as [Russian Boss] <31>
  12. Jaffrey, Raza as [Doctor Aziz] <9>
  13. Kaim, Radoslaw as (as Rad Kaim) [Head Waiter] <19>
  14. Klimov, Yuri as [Russian Boss] <32>
  15. Mikic, Aleksandar (I) as (as Aleksander Mikic) [Soyka] <3>
  16. Mina, Mina E. as [Azim] <2>
  17. Morgan-Williams, Wayne as (uncredited) [Football Hooligan]
  18. Mortensen, Viggo as [Nikolai] <13>
  19. Mueller-Stahl, Armin as [Semyon] <15>
  20. Papava, David as [Chechen] <27>
  21. Ratajczak, Robert Roman as (uncredited) [Football Fan]
  22. Rnic, Peter as (uncredited) [Fingers]
  23. Sarne, Michael as (as Mike Sarne) [Valery] <30>
  24. Skolimowski, Jerzy as [Stepan] <11>
  25. Sumpter, Donald as [Yuri] <20>
  26. Uzzaman, Badi as [Chemist] <6>
  27. Warman, John as (uncredited) [Policeman]
  28. Wilson, Chris (XXIX) as (uncredited) [Paramedic]
  29. Wyn Miles, Rhodri as (as Rhodri Miles) [Senior Officer] <21>
  30. Ahmed, Lalita as [Customer] <5>
  31. Beck, Diane (I) as (uncredited) [Nurse]
  32. Catalina, Cristina as (as Christina Catalina) [Prostitute] <24>
  33. Croll, Doña as (as Dona Croll) [Nurse] <8>
  34. Cusack, Sinéad as (as Sinead Cusack) [Helen] <10>
  35. Henley, Alice as [Prostitute] <25>
  36. Labrosse, Sarah-Jeanne as (as Sarah Jeanne Labrosse) [Tatiana] <4>
  37. Langley, Lillibet as [Violin Girl] <17>
  38. Lasowski, Elisa as [Prostitute] <23>
  39. Lavrentyeva, Tatyana as (uncredited) [Mafia's Wife]
  40. Maslany, Tatiana as (voice) [Tatiana] <12>
  41. Pernicci, Anna as (uncredited) [Sonya]
  42. Reid, Rebecca (II) as (uncredited) [Prostitute]
  43. Roux, Shannon-Fleur as [Maria] <16>
  44. Soteriou, Mia as [Azim's Wife] <18>
  45. Srbova, Tereza as [Kirilenko] <22>
  46. Watts, Naomi as [Anna] <7>


  1. Crime
  2. Mystery
  3. Thriller

Full Plot

In London, the Russian pregnant teenager Tatiana arrives bleeding in a hospital, and the doctors save her baby only. The Russian descendant midwife Anna Khitrova finds Tatiana's diary written in Russian language in her belongings and decided to find her family to deliver the baby, she brings the diary home and ask her uncle Stepan to translate the document. Stepan refuses, but Anna finds a card of a restaurant owned by the Russian Semyon inside the diary and she visits the old man trying to find a lead to contact Tatiana's family. When she mentions the existence of the diary, Semyon immediately offers to translate the document. However, Stepan translates part of the diary and Anna discovers that Semyon and his sick son Kirill had raped Tatiana when she was fourteen years old and forced her to work as prostitute in a brothel of their own. Further, Semyon is the dangerous boss of the Russian mafia "Vory v Zakone", jeopardizing the safety of Anna and her family. Meanwhile, Semyon's driver Nikolai Luzhin gets close to Kirill and Semyon, climbing positions in the criminal organization, but he helps Anna, her family and the baby. Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 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 itself 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 and brutal core, the family's fortunes are 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; it is written in Russian, and 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. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives - including his own - hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself. Focus Features Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 43,814 (Brazil) (24 February 2008) AD: 49,239 (Netherlands) (31 December 2008) AD: 40,765 (Netherlands) (31 December 2007) BT: GBP 25,000,000 CP: Eastern Promises Films Limited / Eastern Promises Film Productions Inc. GR: USD 16,866,286 (USA) (21 October 2007) GR: USD 16,263,330 (USA) (14 October 2007) GR: USD 14,455,384 (USA) (7 October 2007) GR: USD 11,281,492 (USA) (30 September 2007) GR: USD 6,443,748 (USA) (23 September 2007) GR: USD 547,092 (USA) (16 September 2007) GR: GBP 2,011,119 (UK) (18 November 2007) GR: GBP 1,838,323 (UK) (11 November 2007) GR: GBP 623,491 (UK) (28 October 2007) GR: BRL 500,950 (Brazil) (24 February 2008) GR: EUR 3,168,747 (Italy) (24 February 2008) GR: EUR 3,163,512 (Italy) (17 February 2008) GR: EUR 3,156,756 (Italy) (10 February 2008) GR: EUR 3,146,281 (Italy) (3 February 2008) GR: EUR 3,127,062 (Italy) (27 January 2008) GR: EUR 3,092,823 (Italy) (20 January 2008) GR: EUR 2,978,682 (Italy) (13 January 2008) GR: EUR 2,676,607 (Italy) (6 January 2008) GR: EUR 1,357,511 (Italy) (26 December 2007) GR: EUR 426,552 (Italy) (16 December 2007) OW: USD 547,092 (USA) (16 September 2007) (15 screens) OW: GBP 623,491 (UK) (28 October 2007) (280 screens) OW: BRL 463,197 (Brazil) (24 February 2008) (62 screens) OW: EUR 422,374 (Italy) (16 December 2007) (146 screens) PD: 15 September 2006 - 2 March 2007 SD: 19 November 2006 - 16 February 2007 WG: USD 245,961 (USA) (21 October 2007) (185 screens) WG: USD 842,067 (USA) (14 October 2007) (781 screens) WG: USD 2,079,579 (USA) (7 October 2007) (1,212 screens) WG: USD 2,938,847 (USA) (30 September 2007) (1,408 screens) WG: USD 5,641,788 (USA) (23 September 2007) (1,404 screens) WG: USD 547,092 (USA) (16 September 2007) (15 screens) WG: GBP 56,681 (UK) (18 November 2007) (91 screens) WG: GBP 209,086 (UK) (11 November 2007) (180 screens) WG: GBP 623,491 (UK) (28 October 2007) (280 screens) WG: BRL 463,197 (Brazil) (24 March 2008) (62 screens) WG: EUR 1,752 (Italy) (24 February 2008) (1 screen) WG: EUR 4,078 (Italy) (17 February 2008) (5 screens) WG: EUR 4,281 (Italy) (10 February 2008) (4 screens) WG: EUR 11,603 (Italy) (3 February 2008) (8 screens) WG: EUR 12,454 (Italy) (27 January 2008) (8 screens) WG: EUR 59,043 (Italy) (20 January 2008) (31 screens) WG: EUR 164,121 (Italy) (13 January 2008) (93 screens) WG: EUR 364,358 (Italy) (6 January 2008) (155 screens) WG: EUR 443,660 (Italy) (30 December 2007) (165 screens) WG: EUR 439,976 (Italy) (26 December 2007) (218 screens) WG: EUR 422,374 (Italy) (16 December 2007) (146 screens)

Movie Certificate

18 (UK)
R (Australia)
18 (Ireland)
14A (Canada)(Manitoba)
16+ (Canada)(Quebec)
18A (Canada)(Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia)
K-18 (Finland)
18 (Norway)
16 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
16 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
R-18 (Taiwan)
III (Hong Kong)
M18 (Singapore)
M/16 (Portugal)
-12 (France)
15 (Sweden)
R-13 (Philippines)(MTRCB)
16 (Germany)
VM14 (Italy)
16 (Brazil)
18PL (Malaysia)(cut)
16 (Argentina)
18 (Israel)
R18 (New Zealand)
R-18 (Japan)
PD-14 (Thailand)
18 (South Korea)
MA (Australia)(Cable TV rating)
16 (Iceland)
18 (Peru)

Music Composers

  1. Shore, Howard


  1. Suschitzky, Peter (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Cronenberg, Denise


Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution [ca] - (2007) (Canada) (theatrical)
Ascot Elite Entertainment Group [ch] - (2007-2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
Bazuca Films [cl] - (2008) (Chile) (theatrical)
Blue Sky Media [us] - (2007) (Czech Republic) (all media)
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [gb] - (2010) (UK) (TV) (BBC2)
CatchPlay [tw] - (2008) (Taiwan) (all media)
D Productions [tr] - (2007) (Turkey) (all media)
Discovery Film & Video Distribution [hr] - (2008) (Croatia) (all media)
Distribution Company [ar] - (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Eagle Pictures [it] - (2007) (Italy) (theatrical)
FS Film Oy [fi] - (2007) (Finland) (theatrical)
FS Film Oy [fi] - (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
Film1 [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
Focus Features [us] - (2007) (USA) (theatrical)
Gativideo [ar] - (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
Nelonen [fi] - (2010) (Finland) (TV)
Nikkatsu [jp] - (2008) (Japan) (all media)
Odeon [gr] - (2007) (Greece) (theatrical)
Paradise Group [ru] - (2007) (Russia) (all media)
Pathé Distribution [gb] - (2007) (UK) (theatrical)
RCV Film Distribution [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
RTL Entertainment [nl] - (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL7)
Roadshow Entertainment [au] - (2007) (Australia) (theatrical)
Roadshow Films [au] - (2007) (Australia) (theatrical)
Shaw Organisation [sg] - (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Solar Entertainment [ph] - (2007) (Philippines) (theatrical)
Sony BMG Music Entertaintment [de] - (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
Svensk Filmindustri (SF) [se] - (2007) (Sweden) (theatrical)
TOBIS Film [de] - (2007) (Germany) (theatrical)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2007) (USA) (DVD)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

Film Editors

  1. Sanders, Ronald (I)


  1. Arditti, Philip (dialogue advisor: Turkish)
  2. Asfaw, Hailu (chef: Fayre Do's Location Caterers)
  3. Bailey, Benjamin (I) (location assistant)
  4. Bailey, Daren (marine supervisor)
  5. Barnhart, Lauren (assistant: Ms. Watts)
  6. Begg, Isabel (I) (head of legal and business affairs: BBC Films)
  7. Birkbeck, Bryony (assets representative)
  8. Blaikie, Heenan (legal services: Wiggin LLP)
  9. Brinkman, Julie (assistant: Mr. Knight)
  10. Broder, David (I) (key location manager)
  11. Broom, Clive (unit nurse)
  12. Burcea, Daniela (production assistant: Serendipity Point Films)
  13. Buxton, Crispin (additional location manager)
  14. Caleb, Ruth (producer in development: BBC Films)
  15. Campbell, Cherri (I) (executive assistant: Mr. Lantos)
  16. Coghlan, Diarmuid (assistant accountant)
  17. Creed, Ian (marine coordinator)
  18. Currie, Catherine (post-production accountant: Katmadhu Productions Inc)
  19. Davies, Josephine (I) (assistant: Mr. Webster) (as Jo Davies)
  20. Davis, Rebecca (VII) (location scout)
  21. Dhaliwal, Ken (legal services: Wiggin LLP)
  22. Draper, Dawn (catering assistant: Fayre Do's Location Caterers)
  23. Ellis, Robert (XIV) (location assistant)
  24. Emery, Prudence (unit publicist)
  25. Featherstone, Jane (I) (managing director: Kudos Pictures)
  26. Fedoro, Olegar (dialogue coach: Russian & Ukrainian)
  27. Fidduch, Mike (chef: Fayre Do's Location caterers) (as Mike Fiddock)
  28. Ford, Ian (II) (location assistant)
  29. Furniotis, John (title designer: end credit roll)
  30. Furniotis, Susan (title designer: end credit roll)
  31. Gallagher, Matt (V) (clearance services: The Clearing House)
  32. George, Richard (IV) (location assistant) (uncredited)
  33. Gobbatto, Andrea (travel coordinator)
  34. Halliday, Ruth (II) (clearance services: The Clearing House)
  35. Harewood, Dorian (II) (cashier)
  36. Harvey, Esin (dialogue advisor: Turkish)
  37. Hawley, Jane (production executive: BBC Films)
  38. Hock, Susie (legal and business affairs manager: BBC Films)
  39. Hurrell, Mick (health and safety: JHA safe T)
  40. Iacono, Joe (I) (accountant: Weisbord, Del Gaudio, Iacono)
  41. Insegno, Pino (voice dubbing: Viggo Mortensen)
  42. Jack, Andrew (dialogue coach)
  43. Jacobson, Scott (IV) (assistant: Mr. Cronenberg and Ms. Seaward)
  44. Jarvis, Carlton (medical advisor)
  45. Kanischtscheff, Waléra (voice coach)
  46. Khurana, Deepti (legal services: Wiggin LLP)
  47. Knox-Johnston, Samantha (production coordinator)
  48. Leek, Samuel (assistant location manager) (as Sam Leek)
  49. Lenosky, Tory (production runner)
  50. Lenton, Susanna (script supervisor)
  51. Levin, Manda (development executive: Kudos Pictures)
  52. Lewis, Gareth (III) (set production assistant: dailies) (uncredited)
  53. Liang, Zoe (additional floor runner) (uncredited)
  54. Lindfield, Sarah (production secretary)
  55. Loisy, Sandrine (set production assistant: dailies) (uncredited)
  56. Miller, Barney (II) (additional floor runner) (uncredited)
  57. Miller, Joan (V) (finance manager: Kudos Pictures)
  58. Mithal, Deba (head of finance: Kudos Pictures)
  59. Moore, Charles (IX) (legal services: Wiggin LLP)
  60. Munnelly, Mark (auditor)
  61. Murray, Ben (VII) (production assistant: Serendipity Point Films)
  62. Musselman, Mark (vice president of business and legal affairs: Serendipity Point Films)
  63. Nelles, John (dialogue coach: Tatiana)
  64. Nicholson, James (IV) (assistant: Mr. Cassel)
  65. O'Malley, Louise (production accountant)
  66. Oppenheimer, Joe (development producer: BBC Films)
  67. Otway, Katharine (legal services: Wiggin LLP)
  68. Payton, James (stand-in)
  69. Pegg, Billy (location assistant)
  70. Phillips, Mike (IV) (co-production compliance)
  71. Proctor, Kevin (II) (key office production assistant)
  72. Ptak, Marcin (catering assistant: Fayre Do's Location Caterers)
  73. Read, Gemma Louise (stand-in) (as Gemma Read)
  74. Rice-Edwards, Hallam (assistant production coordinator: prep)
  75. Richter, Judy (physical production)
  76. Rohaly, Carolyn (assistant: Mr. Cronenberg)
  77. Russell, Jim (V) (legal services: Wiggin LLP)
  78. Saffer, Wendy (marketing and publicity: Serendipity Point Films)
  79. Shaw, Rory (I) (stand-in)
  80. Smith, Callum Heckstall (additional floor runner) (uncredited)
  81. Smith, Kerry (II) (first assistant accountant)
  82. Stephenson, Camilla (location manager)
  83. Taddei, Michelle (assistant: Mr. Lantos, Serendipity Point Films)
  84. Tannyan, Aida (vice president of finance: Serendipity Point Films)
  85. Vizard, Matthew (production and finance coordinator: BBC Films)
  86. Wallett, Jo (assistant production coordinator)
  87. Wazana, Madeleine (post-production accountant: Katmadhu Productions Inc)
  88. Whitis, Amanda (assistant: Mr. Lantos, Serendipity Point Films)
  89. Windebank, Laura (key set production assistant)
  90. Wol, Roy Gokay (dialogue advisor: Turkish)


Nikolai Luzhin: Forget any of this happened. Stay away from people like me. Nikolai Luzhin: Sometimes, if things are closed, you just, open them up. Semyon: Soyka had brothers. Nikolai Luzhin: Kirill has me. Stepan: Anna, how is it that your boyfriend wasn't here to carve? Anna: I don't live with Oliver anymore, Uncle Stepan. Living back here for a bit. Helen: For as long as you want. Stepan: I knew he would run away from you. Anna: He didn't run away. Christ, you make me sound like a burning building. Stepan: Black men always run away. Helen: Oh Stepan! Stepan: I'm not allowed to be honest? Helen: He was a doctor, Stepan. Anna: What has that got to do with anything? Stepan: It's not natural to mix race and race. That's why your baby died inside you. Anna: Why are you doing this, why are you helping us? Nikolai Luzhin: I can't become king if someone else already sits on the throne. Anna: My uncle has gone missing, since I told you about him translating the diary. Nikolai Luzhin: Your uncle is fine, he is in Edinburgh, in a 5-Star Hotel. I was ordered to send him to Heaven with a bullet in his brain... instead I gave him a first class ticket to Scotland. He is old-school, he understands things... exile or death. Kirill: [about Nikolai] He is no driver, he is the undertaker. [repeated line] Nikolai Luzhin: I'm the driver. Anna: So you've read the diary. How can you keep doing what you're doing? Nikolai Luzhin: I'm just a driver. Azim: [referring to the bathhouse] Semyon recommends this place for business meetings, because you can see what tattoos a man has. Come on, we have a lot to cover. Let's cook. Semyon: It's always good to have someone who I can trust, to do simple tasks. In this business, sometimes the biggest danger comes from the most stupid things. [after thawing Soyka's corpse] Nikolai Luzhin: [to Azim] Are you finished cutting his hair? [Nikolai takes out Soyka's frozen wallet] Nikolai Luzhin: I thought you might want $6.50 from his pocket. Nikolai Luzhin: [referring to Soyka] Okay. Now I'm going to do his teeth and cut off his fingers. You might want to leave room. [Nikolai motions for Azim to go away, and then puts out his cigarette on his tongue] [after Anna hands Semyon a copy of Tatiana's diary] Semyon: I will need my spectacles and a clear head. Today I broke my rules and I drank vodka. Tomorrow I will translate it, and then I will bring what I've done to your home. Anna: Have you ever met a girl named Tatiana? Nikolai Luzhin: I meet lot of girls named Tatiana. Anna: She was pregnant. Nikolai Luzhin: Ah, in that case - no, I've never heard of her. Anna: She died on my shift. Nikolai Luzhin: I thought you did birth? Anna: Sometimes birth and death go together. She came in with needle punches all over both arms. Probably a prostitute, at the age of fourteen. Do you think Semyon's son knew her? Nikolai Luzhin: [growing agitated] I am driver. I go left, I go right, I go straight ahead - that's it. Nikolai Luzhin: Sentimental value? Ah. I heard of that. Nikolai Luzhin: [to Kirilenko] Stay alive a little longer. Nikolai Luzhin: Kirill, we don't kill little babies. Nikolai Luzhin: I need you to take Semyon out of the picture. I want you to arrest him. Yuri: Arrest him for what? Nikolai Luzhin: Rape. The girl was 14. Yuri: And of course she will testify? Nikolai Luzhin: She is dead, but she had Semyon's baby. If you can prove baby was his, and girl was underage, that is statutory rape. You have baby, you need Semyon's DNA. For poetic reasons, I suggest you take his blood. [first lines] Azim: He says "Christmas." So I say to him, [in Turkish] "Should we go shopping?" [English] The kid's 16. He says, "But uncle, it's Christmas." [last lines] Tatiana's Voice: My name is Tatiana. My father died in the mines in my village, so he was already buried when he died. We were all buried there. Buried under the soil of Russia. That is why I left, to find a better life. Anna: How did you get in here? Semyon: There are always open doors, Anna Ivanovna. Semyon: So, you know where I am...and now I know where you are, Anna Ivanovna. Nikolai Luzhin: Anger is dangerous. It makes people do stupid things. Ekrem: [shouting for his favorite team in the middle of a crowd with people who chants for the rival team] Arsenal, Arsenal!

Other Titles

  1. La promessa dell'assassino (2007) (ENG)

  2. Promesses de l'ombre (2007) (ENG)
    (Canada: French title)

  3. Tödliche Versprechen (2007) (ENG)

  4. Tödliche Versprechen - Eastern Promises (2007) (ENG)
    (Germany) (TV title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Broadway Market, Hackney, London, England, UK
  2. Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, West Brompton, London, England, UK
  3. Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London, England, UK
  4. Great Portland Street Underground Station, Fitzrovia, London, England, UK
  5. London, England, UK
  6. Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, London, England, UK
  7. St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, England, UK
  8. Surrey Row, Blackfriars, London, England, UK
  9. Thames Barrier, River Thames, Woolwich, London, England, UK
  10. Three Mills Studios, Three Mill Lane, Bow, London, England, UK
  11. University of Greenwich, Greenwich, London, England, UK


- The film, shot in England, marked the first time director 'David Cronenberg' (qv) shot a movie entirely outside of Canada.

- 'Naomi Watts' (qv) discovered she was pregnant with her son Alexander two weeks into shooting this movie. She initially tried to hide it, but costume designer 'Denise Cronenberg' (qv) found out about it.

- To prepare for his role, 'Viggo Mortensen' (qv) traveled alone to Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Ural Mountain region of Siberia, where he spent five days driving around without a translator. He read books on the gangs of the vory v zakone (thieves in law), Russian prison culture and the importance of prison tattoos as criminal résumés, and perfected his character's Siberian accent and learned lines in Russian, Ukrainian and English. During filming, he used worry beads made in prison from melted-down plastic cigarette lighters and decorated his trailer with copies of Russian icons.

- For the bathhouse fight scene, the scene was choreographed with the actors (not stuntmen), the actors had to train in specific fighting styles chosen for their characters and it took two days to shoot on location in London. According to the DVD commentary, both