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Promised Land (1987)

R | | Drama | 22 January 1988 (USA)
This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter, after they graduate. The first film commissioned by the Sundance Film ... See full summary »

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Davey Hancock
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Mary Daley
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Beverly 'Bev' Sykes
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Baines
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Mr. Rivers
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High School Coach (as Walt Logan Field)
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Schroeder / Ashville Basketball Player #1
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Pat Rivers
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Theron Read ...
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This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter, after they graduate. The first film commissioned by the Sundance Film Festival, it portrays the other half of the American dream, as Hancock and his cheerleader girlfriend Mary wander to a middle-class mediocrity out itself out of reach for Danny and his psychotic wife Bev. Written by Owen F. Lipsett <lipsetto@tcd.ie>

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[waking up the "morning after"]
Bev: Where's the cat?
Danny: What cat?
Bev: The cat that shit in my mouth.
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Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Brothers Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Those Struggling Contras
13 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Unfulfilled American Dream is at the Heartland of this Indie Drama that is a Heavy-Handed Downer. Full of Icons of American Heritage and Spiritual Significance, this is a Not Bad Movie about Good Folks who End Up Directionless in a Country where the President goes on TV and Equates the Contras to our Founding Fathers while Seemingly Oblivious to the Plight of its New Generation of Future Middle-Class Citizens and Senators.

Meg Ryan is Slightly Miscast and just can't Shake a Clean Cut Image even with Pink Hair and Tattoos. Kiefer Sutherland Underplays in Almost a Gosh, Golly, Gee kind of Innocence but Surprisingly comes off the most Believable.

The Sets are Heavily Populated with Americana and the Old Folks are Slightly Unwashed in Rumply Clothes that Again Signify that Something is Rotting in Paradise. The Ending is a "you had to see something like that coming", but Overall it is a Gutsy Attempt in the Reagan Era and Greed Decade to Shine Some Light on the Struggling Plight of Everyday Folks.


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