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After the Promise (1987)

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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


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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
Hospital Cop
Dwight Koss ...
Young Doctor
Welfare Officer
Dana Still ...
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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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11 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Das Versprechen des Elmer Jackson  »

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The Grand-Daughter
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My name is Brittney Armstrong. I am the grand-daughter of Ellis Melvin Armstrong. My grandmother Sheila was once married to Ellis, She has told me the whole story of the Armstrong's and my grandfather. I believe this story with my heart. I never got to meet my grandfather, He was not around in my day, and i have seen this movie and loved it. My grandmother has pointed out some things that have changed in the movie but overall i believe it is true. If anyone see's this posting of the Armstrong's please contact me on facebook or other ways. My facebook name is Brittney Armstrong Picture of my fiancé and I. I live in Madras, Oregon. Please contact me i would love to meet some family.

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