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.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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