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.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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