Turkey Doesn't Want You to See 'The Promise' This Weekend — Here's Why You Should

It took decades and a $100 million deathbed gift to bring The Promise to theaters this weekend, but it's finally happening.

The Promise tells the story of 1.5 million Armenian Christians slaughtered under the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the last century in modern day Turkey. It's an epic tale starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon. The story of bringing the movie to life nearly deserves its own feature film.

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Originally intended to star Clark Gable, the project was shelved after Turkey threatened to close MGM markets in the Middle East. After one investor bought and sold MGM four times, he gave $100 million on his deathbed to ensure the story of the Armenian people would be told. To this day, it's a story the Turkish government wants to smother.

"Here's why I would love for this to have a huge opening weekend: Turkey is now threatening all of the theater chains saying 'We will boycott you if you carry this movie.' Even if you're not going to go see a movie this weekend, go online right now and buy one ticket. Buy two tickets . . . even if you can't go," Glenn said Friday on radio.

The Promise opens in theaters today.

Listen to this segment beginning at mark 25:05 from The Glenn Beck Program:

Glenn: So the guy who is not really a filmmaker, he's more of a real estate developer back in I think the '70s bought MGM. And made a lot of money off the sale of MGM. The studio system was tanking, and he bought MGM, and then he sold off a lot of the parts, and then he sold the whole thing. And all the parts started to grow, and then it caved again, and he was, like, I'll buy it. So he bought it again. And then he sold off the parts, and then he took the name, and he said "We're going to make the MGM Grand in Vegas, and we'll try to, you know, restore the brand name for what it is, blah, blah, blah. He built it up, he sold it, and it collapsed again. He bought it I think three or four times. Okay? From, like, 1968 to his death in 2004, he had bought and sold MGM like four times. And he made a ton of money.

This movie was originally -- it's called the promise. This movie, not the way it is being shown now, the first time went into production, Clark Gabel was the star.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Okay?

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Turkey, you think of Turkey as being a nobody nation back then; right? Why would we care?

PAT: They're barely somebody now. They're only somebody now because they're in NATO. But then, nobody cared about Turkey.

GLENN: And really, you look at it now, and you think who cares about Turkey; right?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: So back then, they were in production with this movie with Clark Gabel. And Turkey said, "We will close the market for you, MGM, in Turkey, and we will close it all through the Middle East."

PAT: So.

GLENN: That's what I thought. They --

PAT: So.

GLENN: They canceled the movie.

PAT: That's amazing.

GLENN: This movie has been off and on, off and on for decades, and nobody has ever made this movie. So the guy who bought and sold MGM time and time again, he knew that. And he was also a believer that the Armenian genocide needed to be called genocide. On his death bed, he put $100 million -- he willed $100 million to this movie and said "The movie can be made now, and it could be made outside of the studio system, so don't worry about it. Make it."

The Clark Gabel character is Christian Bale, and it's called the promise. It opens this weekend, and this is such an important -- you notice I'm not saying it's a film. It's being compared to Doctor Zhivago, but I have to tell you I've watched Doctor Zhivago.

PAT: Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: I want to hang myself with Doctor Zhivago. That is a beautiful film. This is a great movie. Okay?

PAT: And it's interesting because the critics don't like it but the audience loves it. 47 percent from critics, 87 percent from the audience.

GLENN: I think it is great. I think it is great. And I was -- when somebody does a movie, and they're trying to make a point, they're, like, stop with the point. Don't jam it down my -- they don't. It's just a good -- it's not a film. Not an important film to see. It's a great movie. But it is the first time. And here's the thing. Here's why I would love for this to have a huge opening weekend is Turkey is now threatening all of the theater chains saying "We will boycott you if you carry this movie.

JEFFY: I don't know about you, but so.

GLENN: Even if you're not going to go see a movie this weekend, go online right now and buy one ticket. Buy two tickets. Just even if you can't go. I urge you to go because it's a good movie. I mean, Christian Bale is in it. It's a good movie. And, ladies, I believe he has his shirt off. I don't recall but that can't hurt.

But it's a good movie.

JEFFY: Why does it have to be just for ladies?

GLENN: I'm sorry for being so cis, gender-focused or whatever that is. Man, I feel bad about that.

PAT: Ciscentric.

GLENN: Ciscentric. Thank you. My gosh, how cis-centric about me. I feel bad about that. I really do. But see it. It's called "The Promise". A movie that has taken almost a century to make. Opens this weekend.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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