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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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The Best of On-Camera Acting
17 October 2003 | by (Norman, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This TV-Movie is totally character-driven, and while the script is important, it's success is primarily reliant on the acting. On this count, you'll never see a TV movie deliver more brilliantly on it's potential than this one.

Of course James Woods gives a spectacular performance. It's not just that he earns his reputation as a top-notch actor here; he goes beyond that to achieve what arguably may be the definitive portrayal of schizophrenia on television OR in film.

But what is most stunning for me about this film is the acting of James Garner. Playing the less showy part of Woods' sane brother, he matches Woods in acting excellence at every step, perfectly complementing the other's work. Mr. Garner has been one of the most reliable actors on the big or small screen for almost half a century, but what he does here goes beyond reliability to something approaching greatness. James Garner is one of the most underrated actors of our time, and nothing proves it more than this film.

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