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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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Elmer Jackson
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Anna Jackson
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Florence Jackson
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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
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Welfare Officer
Dana Still ...
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Sitter (as Jennifer Griffin)
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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 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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Waitress: I had a husband once, but he was worse than the kids. So I kept the kids and got rid of the husband!
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Heart rendering and very moving
16 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a great period piece. I cry every time I watch and recommend it to every parent. This reinforces a father's love. It gives hope for the meaning of family. It also makes one happy not to live in those conditions and circumstances. Be happy for who we are and in what time we live. This is a celebration of family. It is a wonderful Father's Day movie. I wish more movies were made of this caliber and less of the dirty little secrets caliber. It made the point that even among monsters angels tread! For every one needs an angel to watch over them and their families.

Please, watch this movie with your father or husband


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