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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
5 March 1990 (USA) See more »
The touching true story of the fifteen years old Terry who promised his dying mother to look after his... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ricky Schroder ... Terry O'Kelley (as Rick Schroder)

David Andrews ... Wayne O'Kelley (Dad)

Veronica Cartwright ... Dorothy Donaldson (guardian ad litem)

Stephen Dorff ... Charles O'Kelley

Boyd Gaines ... Dan Weston
Andrew Lowery ... Tommy O'Kelley (2nd oldest)

Donald Moffat ... 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)

Edith Ivey ... Luella (step Gramdma)
Ken Strong ... Lee Reynolds
Jim Peck ... Brantley Kincaid - Atty.
Dan Biggers ... Judge Pettus
Danny Nelson ... Judge McLauren
Pamela Garmon ... Sarah Hall

Andy Stahl ... Principal

Joe Inscoe ... Tom Donaldson
Benji Wilhoite ... Brett Pauly
Pat Fuleihan ... Edwina Wylie
Bob Hannah ... Doug Barron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Campbell ... Truck driver (uncredited)
Charles Lawlor ... Fire Chief (uncredited)

Tim Powell ... TV Anchor (uncredited)

Judson Vaughn ... Chief Brown (uncredited)

Directed by
John Korty 
Writing credits
Bill Stratton (story)

Bill Stratton (teleplay) and
Robert Inman (teleplay)

Produced by
Anne Hopkins .... producer
Original Music by
J.A.C. Redford 
Cinematography by
Kees Van Oostrum 
Film Editing by
Corky Ehlers 
Production Design by
Linda Pearl 
Costume Design by
Rondi Hillstrom Davis 
Makeup Department
Lynn Barber .... key makeup artist
Art Department
Phil Hayes .... set dresser
Richard Blake Wester .... property master
Scott Dale .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Kempf .... key grip
Joseph Thomas .... assistant camera
Stan Vaughan .... best boy grip
Julian Wilson .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Ryan .... wardrobe assistant
Karen Young .... key costumer
Transportation Department
Roxie Scott .... transportation
Other crew
Robert Ballentine .... assistant location manager
Carri Gibbs .... location manager
Gail Hunter .... script supervisor

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95 min
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They Ain't Heavy, They're My Brothers, 28 February 2011
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

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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