The Promise

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East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie. But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long process of disintegration.

  1. Margarethe von Trotta

    Director, Writer

  2. Felice Laudadio


  3. Peter Schneider


Top Billed Cast

  1. Meret Becker

    Meret Becker

    Sophie I

  2. Corinna Harfouch

    Corinna Harfouch

    Sophie II

  3. Anian Zollner

    Anian Zollner

    Konrad I

  4. August Zirner

    August Zirner

    Konrad II

  5. Eva Mattes

    Eva Mattes

    Barbara II

Full Cast & Crew

The Promise
The Promise


Original Title Das Versprechen

Status Released

Release Information

  • February 16, 1995


Original Language German

Runtime 1h 55m

Budget -

Revenue -



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