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Promised Land -- This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock and Danny, 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 wander to a middle-class mediocrity out of reach for Danny and his psychotic wife Bev.


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22 January 1988 (USA) See more »
This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Gedrick ... Davey Hancock

Tracy Pollan ... Mary Daley

Kiefer Sutherland ... Danny 'Senator' Rivers

Meg Ryan ... Beverly 'Bev' Sykes

Googy Gress ... Baines
Deborah Richter ... Pammie
Oscar Rowland ... Mr. Rivers

Sandra Seacat ... Mrs. Rivers

Jay Underwood ... Circle K Clerk
Herta Ware ... Mrs. Higgins
Walt Logan Field ... High School Coach
Kelly Ausland ... Schroeder / Ashville Basketball Player #1
Todd Anderson ... Pat Rivers
Dave Valenza ... Glenn
Theron Read ... Harting
Richard Matthews ... Mel

Cindy Clark ... Vera

Charles Black ... Preacher
Tony Kruletz ... Charlie
Jim S. Cash ... Park Employee #1 (as James Cash)
Matthew Karas ... Park Employee Dultz
David Jensen ... College Coach (as Dave Jensen)
Michael Ruud ... Cowboy in Casino
Victoria Holloway ... Cleo
Herb McGarvey ... Riley Riddle
Don Steffey ... Rudy Riddle
Spence Ashby ... Flagman #1
Fenton Quinn ... Flagman #2 (as Fenton Quinn Jr.)
L.L. West ... Toy Store Clerk
John Garrison ... Mr. Daley
Deborah Green ... Kate Daley
Dorothy Konrad ... Grandmother Daley (as Dorothy Conrad)
Gae P. Cowley ... Mrs. Daley (as Gae Cowley)
Lisa MacFarlane ... Jenny Daley (as Lisa Macfarlane)
Joseph Yeates ... Kate's Husband
Gene Pack ... Mayor of Ashville
Grant Gottschall ... Bassford
Adam Christensen ... Ashville Basketball Player #2
Shane Perry ... Ashville Basketball Player #3
Greg Weichers ... Ashville Basketball Player #4
Bob Bedore ... Falcon Basketball Player #1
Troy Bench ... Falcon Basketball Player #2
Tom Thornquest ... Falcon Basketball Player #3
Zeke Totland ... Falcon Basketball Player #4
Jeff Lindsay ... Falcon Basketball Player #5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brandyn Cross ... Basketball Kid (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - in Pro-Contra Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Hoffman 
Writing credits
Michael Hoffman (written by)

Produced by
Mark Bentley .... associate producer
Dennis Bishop .... associate producer
Andrew Meyer .... executive producer
Andy Paterson .... associate producer
Robert Redford .... executive producer
Rick Stevenson .... producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski 
Ueli Steiger 
Film Editing by
David Spiers 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia 
Billy Hopkins 
Lora Kennedy 
Production Design by
Eugenio Zanetti 
Art Direction by
Jim Dultz 
Set Decoration by
Michael Marcus 
Costume Design by
Victoria Holloway 
Makeup Department
Thomas Nellen .... hair stylist
Thomas Nellen .... makeup artist
Sheri Short .... hair stylist
Sheri Short .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dennis Bishop .... production manager
Mitchell Cannold .... executive in charge of production
Steven Reuther .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Carlisle .... first assistant director
Shiho Ito .... second assistant director
Andy Paterson .... second unit director
Lynn Wegenka .... second assistant director
Art Department
Clif A. Davis .... set designer
J. Chad Davis .... scenic artist
Timaree McCormick .... property master
Richard W. Meyer .... construction coordinator
Bob Simmons .... storyboard artist
Bryan Utman .... set dresser
Sound Department
Brigitte Arnold .... dialogue editor
Colin Chapman .... foley editor
Rodney Glenn .... sound editor
Darrell Henke .... sound mixer
David M. Roberts .... boom operator (as David Roberts)
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Ray Brown .... best boy effects
Bob Riggs .... special effects coordinator
W. Wayne Walser .... additional snow effects
David Boushey .... stunt coordinator
Bob Miles .... stunt coordinator
Fenton Quinn .... stunt double (as Fenton Quinn Jr.)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Arenas .... assistant camera: second unit
Tom Davidson .... key grip
Michael S. Endler .... first assistant camera (as Michael Endler)
Khan Griffith .... dolly grip
Steve Grnya .... best boy grip
Bill Haebler .... second assistant camera (as W. Trubee Haebler Jr.)
David R. Kohn .... lighting technician
John Schaeffer .... still photographer
Bill Schwarz .... gaffer
Alvin Simmons .... best boy electric
Keith Talley .... best boy grip
Keith Talley .... dolly grip
Alesia Walser .... key grip: second unit
Jamie Watson .... key grip
Matthew Williams .... director of photography: second unit
Brian Sullivan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Catrine McGregor .... casting: Utah
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pamela Johnson .... costumer
Rebecca Poulos .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer
Music Department
Michael Lloyd .... music arranger
Michael Lloyd .... song producer
Michael Mason .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Daniel C. Rothenberg .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Kathleen Caton .... location manager
Shirley Johnson .... production coordinator (as Shirley A. Johnson)
Kelly Lookinland .... production assistant (as Kelly Wermuth Lookinland)
Mike Lookinland .... production assistant
Beryl Vertue .... special thanks

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102 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Restlessness v. pull of small town home leads to tragedy, 8 September 2000
Author: L-Jet ( from Slurbs of North Central NJ USA

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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