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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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Pammie
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Mr. Rivers
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Circle K Clerk
Herta Ware ...
Mrs. Higgins
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High School Coach (as Walt Logan Field)
Kelly Ausland ...
Schroeder / Ashville Basketball Player #1
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Pat Rivers
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Glenn
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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22 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Young Hearts  »

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$316,199 (USA)
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Trivia

Referenced in Lawernce Kasdan's "Dream Catcher." See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Dreamcatcher (2003) See more »

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Dreams and Promises
Performed and written by Janey Street
Produced and arranged by Michael Lloyd
for Mike Curb Productions
Engineered by Dan Nebenzal and Carmine Rubino
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The Fate of Each One in a Great Low Budget Movie
8 November 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the small town of Ashville, Hancock (Jason Gedrick) is the best basketball player and local hero. Mary (Tracy Pollan) is a cheerleader and his gorgeous girlfriend. They both intend to go to the college together. Their friend Danny 'The Senator' (Kiefer Sutherland) quits high school and moves alone to the Arizona, trying to have a good job and a better life. A couple of years later, Hancock is the local chief of police, living from his glorious past; Mary is studying Arts, and although still loving Hancock, she can not accept life in Ashville and has a new boyfriend; and Danny is a complete loser, who decides to get married with the crazy Beverly (Meg Ryan) and spend the Christmas Eve in his home town with his family. The story ends in a tragic way. 'Promised Land' is a depressive tale about the fate of each one and, in accordance with the initial credits, is based on a true story. The young cast has a great performance, the story is never corny, and it is great to see an American low budget movie about real common people, and not the fancy Hollywood reality. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): 'Terra Prometida' ('Promised Land')


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