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After the Promise (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  11 October 1987 (USA)
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Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elmer Jackson
Anna Jackson
Florence Jackson
Dr. Northfield
Chance Michael Corbitt ...
Wayne 1
David French ...
Richard 1
Benjamin Turner ...
Ellis 1
Lance Verwoerd ...
Raymond 1 (as Lance)
Gary Verwoerd ...
Raymond 1
Shirley Barclay ...
Mrs. Adams
Alex Bruhanski ...
Hospital Cop
Dwight Koss ...
Young Doctor
Welfare Officer
Dana Still ...
Jenn Griffin ...
Sitter (as Jennifer Griffin)


Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing trumped-up charges of parental neglect) places the boys into various foster homes and institutions, unaware of the abuse that boys would then be subjected to. The conditions imposed by the court and the difficulties caused by the Depression make Jackson's determined and vigorous quest to find his boys extremely difficult. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Elmer Jackson: Maybe we just oughta leave them alone?
Anna Jackson: Oh no you don't! You'll never be all one piece until they are back! Besides - you promised her. You promised me. You promised Melissa. and you back out now - I'll go up and down the street, knocking on doors, telling everybody that Elmer Jackson goes back on his promises!
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Touches the heart like no other movie.
5 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When I first viewed the movie After the Promise over fifteen years ago I was a teenager and I have never forgotten the movie nor it's impact on my life, softening my heart enabling me to believe that there is a powerful unconditional love that exists in the uni verse. I saw it on video with my younger sister we both cried plenty throughout the movie. Later that year while visiting relatives in Adelaide for Christ mas we hired it out from a video rental shop to show a couple of cousins the movie, they too cried. I hope to be able to acquire a video or DVD of excellent quality some day to show others the movie. It is an amazing movie that is an amazing true story full of faith, love and hope. All the child actors and the leading role of Mark Harmon were brilliant. Mark Harmon has had an awesome career and I pray that the child actors have also had blessed and fulfilled lives. Laura H - Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia.

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