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The Promise (1979)

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A rich student's fiancee has her face destroyed by a car accident, and refuses to return to him fearing the loss of his love.

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Nancy McAllister / Marie Adamson
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Michael Hillyard
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Marion Hillyard
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Dr. Peter Gregson
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George Calloway
Michael O'Hare ...
Ben Avery
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Dr. Faye Allison
Robin Gammell ...
Doctor Wickfield
Katherine De Hetre ...
Wendy Lester
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Doctor Fenton
Tom O'Neill ...
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Kirchy Prescott ...
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John Allen Vick ...
First Cab Driver
Dan Leegant ...
Second Cab Driver
Jerry Walter ...
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Storyline

Two college students, one from a rich background, and the other from a poor one, decide to elope. They are involved in a serious car wreck, with the young girl's face severely injured. In order to get the necessary surgery, the mother of the young man injured in the accident offers a deal to the young woman - to stay out of her son's life permanently, and in return, get the plastic surgery to restore her face. What comes after that is something none of them expected. Written by Marinelle K. Szenasy

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A haunting story of love and betrayal.

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6 December 1979 (Finland)  »

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Face of a Stranger  »

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Trivia

This was the last movie to play a regular engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City,New York. See more »

Goofs

Pattern of blood on Michael's lip changes repeatedly during his fist fight with Gregson. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Mike? Happy Birthday, hooligan!
Michael: Yeah, that's right, my day all day.
Ben: Hey, you know who else's birthday it is? I read it in the San Francisco Chronicle. Julius Ceasar!
Michael: Julius Caesar! How the hell do they know?
Ben: Because they are fiendishly clever, man!
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Remade as Yeh Vaada Raha (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song - The Promise - (I'll Never Say Goodbye)
Lyrics by'Alan Bergman' (as Alan) and Marilyn Bergman
Music by David Shire
Sung by Melissa Manchester
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Can You Keep a Promise?
9 June 2004 | by (DFW) – See all my reviews

The story isn't really unique, but it's the assemblage of players that makes it work so well. It's a love story, a story of deceit and a story of revenge, of sorts, that relies on more than one promise. The beginning is a montage that shows the viewer the uncomplicated, yet intense, love between two young college students. Enter the complication, a near-fatal car crash.

Then, enter mother. Beatrice Straight plays "matron" so well, it almost creeps one out. Authoritative, hard, selfish. One has to believe that the two lovers, Nancy (Kathleen Quinlan) and Michael (Stephen Collins) just couldn't be stopped had the car accident not shattered their lives. Fate intervened, choices had to be made, situations were controlled with undeniable uncaring. But life has a way of stepping in; destiny will not be driven from its path. The cast is perfect and the music is obvious, but not intrusive. This is a film I've watched several times and have never been disappointed in.


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