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 »

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Mickey has been reading Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", and falls asleep. He finds himself on the other side of the mirror, where the furniture is ... See full summary »

Director: David Hand
Stars: Walt Disney
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Eddie thinks it is time for his father to remarry. However, in his opinion his father's taste in women leaves much to be desired. He believes the girl next door would be a far better choice...

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ron Howard, Shirley Jones
Sounder (1972)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When Captain Nemo saves the passengers of a sinking ship and takes them to his Utopian underwater city he discovers that not all of his guests agree to remain there forever.

Director: James Hill
Stars: Robert Ryan, Chuck Connors, Nanette Newman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Bob Beuhler
...
D.J.
...
Annie Gilbert
...
Stuart
Michael Alldredge ...
Gibb
...
Dr. Pressman
Mary Marsh ...
Mrs. Post
...
Joan (as Barbara Alexander)
...
Michael
Raissa Fleming ...
Lonnie
Art Burke ...
Dr. Wexler
Bob Griggs ...
Minister
Janet Baumhover ...
Mrs. Green
Charles Bernard ...
Mr. Allison
Claretta Mariana ...
Beth
Edit

Storyline

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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Family

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Promise (#36.1)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anyone have a copy of this Made for TV Movie? rickt16
PROMISE! arenapuzzles
Watch Promise online MissLiddell
Still have to continue the movie; it seems amazing but I had to stop... ma_marcil
Discuss Promise (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?