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A Son's Promise (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  5 March 1990 (USA)
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Terry O'Kelley (as Rick Schroder)
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Wayne O'Kelley (Dad)
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Dorothy Donaldson (guardian ad litem)
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Charles O'Kelley
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Dan Weston
Andrew Lowery ...
Tommy O'Kelley (2nd oldest)
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Paw Paw
Ryan Marshall ...
David O'Kelley
Trey Yearwood ...
Jeff O'Kelley (blonde)
Peirce Baehr ...
Michael O'Kelley (littlest kid)
Grayson Fricke ...
Jason O'Kelley (littlest kid)
Linda Pierce ...
Judy O'Kelley (Mom)
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Luella (step Gramdma)
Ken Strong ...
Lee Reynolds
Jim Peck ...
Brantley Kincaid - Atty.
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The touching true story of the fifteen years old Terry who promised his dying mother to look after his six younger brothers and keep them together as a family ... a man's job on a boy's shoulders. He had to face many misfortunes and "parenthood" had such hard and unpleasant surprises for him, he was almost tempted to disappoint his mother ... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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They Ain't Heavy, They're My Brothers
28 February 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Georgia teenager Rick Schroder (as Terry) promises his dying mother he will look after his six little brothers after she dies. Mother wants the boys to remain together, and stay in school. When the seven sons' caring grandfather also dies, times get really tough for Mr. Schroder, who has to assume the paternal role. The boys' real father, interstate truck driver father David Andrews (as Wayne O'Kelley), is still alive - but he spends all his time on the road, in jail, or drinking alcohol...

As the responsible family member, Schroder must take teenage brother Stephen Dorff (as Charles) to the woodshed...

In a big symbolic moment, Schroeder whips young Dorff's buttocks with their grandfather's belt, for smoking in the chicken shack. Due to the camera angle, it's safe to say Dorff didn't pull down his pants or suffer any injury. Schroeder also has trouble with rebellious brother Andrew Lowery (as Tommy). Helping manage this large family are sympathetic lawyer Veronica Cartwright (as Dorothy Donaldson), slick community organizer Boyd Gains (as Dan Weston), and God.

**** A Son's Promise (3/5/90) John Korty ~ Rick Schroder, Stephen Dorff, Veronica Cartwright, David Andrews


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