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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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Mrs. 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
Todd Anderson ...
Pat Rivers
Dave Valenza ...
Glenn
Theron Read ...
Harting
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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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$316,199 (USA)
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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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Soundtracks

Will the Wolf Survive
Written by David Hidalgo (uncredited) and Louie Perez (uncredited)
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Brothers Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Restlessness v. pull of small town home leads to tragedy
8 September 2000 | by (Slurbs of North Central NJ USA) – See all my reviews



Two principles are anxious to get out of a small burg in the mid west and one refuses to leave the only place where he ever had any recognition (as a star high school athlete) and becomes a local cop. The wild card here is a drifter and borderline sociopath who nonetheless also needs something like "home", but has no idea what that is.

Played by Meg Ryan as you've never seen her. Although if you rent "Hurlyburly" you'll see what she can do with a well written part not seemingly made for her; this woman can act, but apparently would rather have Nora Ephron help her be a star and get fat deals playing variations on the same person. Rant aside, Ryan's character hooks up somewhere in the west with the most disaffected of the small-towners, played as a not very bright but enigmatic loser by Kiefer Sutherland. The pull of "home", both real and imagined, leads Kiefer and Meg back to small-burg with tragic consequences. There is a real 80's feel to this. Ennui and fear and neediness combine as America ostensibly does big things, a few people get really rich, and people like these characters instinctively know that most people, especially ones like them, have fewer prospects than their parents. Unlike me, the movie is not at all didactic, so check it out as one of the more outstanding "feel-bad" movies I've ever seen.


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