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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:

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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Tragedy is often not well received, 8 September 2000

I can't believe anyone referred to this as fluff;hate it, but no way is this fluff. It was almost creepy to me how this non-didactic near masterpiece captured a lot of what the 80's were about for most Americans by telling this seemingly simple tale of disaffected young people in some small burg in the Midwest. Of the four principles, two want to get out (only one can articulate to what, and she's hasn't convinced herself), one needs to stay because his only real defining moments were there, and the fourth is a near sociopathic drifter, who meets up with the clueless one who leave smallburg because he doesn't know what else to do. Even this character, Bev (Meg Ryan actually showing range instead of getting rich off Nora Ephron fluff she can walk thru), needs "home" in some way, and convinces clueless Danny to marry her (a great wedding scene; gives new meaning to the word "downscale") and take her to meet his folks. Former star HS athlete Hancock (Jason Gedrick), the one who couldn't leave, has become a cop and is trying to convince ex HS sweetheart Mary (Tracy Pollan) to come back and stay, and she IS conflicted, but ultimately knows she has to get away. It sounds somewhat pedestrian, but it's played to expose more than human frailty, but how we can destroy ourselves and others without ill will. It also, probably unconsciously, shows us a piece of the majority of USA that wasn't getting rich in the 80's, and in fact was struggling with diminished expectations and an increasing gap between the haves and have nots. Tom Wolfe gave us the smarmy pseudo-satire "Bonfires of the Vanities", Michael Hoffman got us a peek at what was and, to some extent, what was to be. The slowly spiralling paths of the characters in Promised Land eventually collide with tragic results. There is no salvation or redemption.-- The End Oh, you want to see Meg Ryan take another chance and come up winners, check out "Hurlyburly" and her small but memorable role in this actors' movie adapted from David Rabe's play.

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