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Promise (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family  -  21 December 1986 (USA)
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When his mother dies, Bob not only inherits her house, but also the custody of his younger brother, who suffers from schizophrenia and epilepsy. At the age of 21, Bob promised to look after... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Beuhler
Annie Gilbert
Michael Alldredge ...
Dr. Pressman
Mary Marsh ...
Mrs. Post
Joan (as Barbara Alexander)
Steven M. Gagnon ...
Raissa Fleming ...
Art Burke ...
Dr. Wexler
Bob Griggs ...
Janet Baumhover ...
Mrs. Green
Charles Bernard ...
Mr. Allison
Claretta Mariana ...


When his mother dies, Bob not only inherits her house, but also the custody of his younger brother, who suffers from schizophrenia and epilepsy. At the age of 21, Bob promised to look after his brother. Although he has barely seen him in the many years since then and strives against the commitment, he doesn't dare to put him in a home either. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Drama | Family





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21 December 1986 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Promise (#36.1)  »

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Solid performances save this from being ordinary.
21 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Put three powerhouse actors together -- James Garner, James Woods and Piper Laurie -- with a decent script, and what do you get? A better-than-decent movie, even beyond the made-for-TV category. James Garner is the brother of an adult schizophrenic whose care he "inherits" via a promise to their now-deceased mother. He got away early and stayed away from the "shame" of his afflicted sibling, but has paid a price, we are given to understand, in being unable to form committed relationships with anyone throughout his adult life. Now thrust unwillingly back with his sick but alarmingly honest brother, plus the sweetheart he had to give up to escape, he manages to be thoroughly unlikeable and human at the same time. The character exhibits just enough growth to make the story feel worth having watched, yet not so much as to be implausible. This is a fine, rewarding drama.

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