MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,182 this week

Hard Promises (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  31 January 1992 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 408 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 5 critic

A man who doesn't like stable work environments has been away for too many years, and finds out his wife has divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 18 Dec 2011
 
a list of 412 titles
created 31 Mar 2012
 
a list of 52 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
 
a list of 5996 titles
created 08 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Hard Promises" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hard Promises (1991)

Hard Promises (1991) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hard Promises.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Private Matter (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The true story of Romper Room host "Miss Sherri" Finkbine, who, after the devastating effects of thalidomide were discovered in the early 1960s, sparked a firestorm of controversy with her ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Aidan Quinn, Estelle Parsons
Curacao (TV Movie 1993)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

George C. Scott and William Petersen are expatriates living in Curacao. Their bound together by an understanding that each is hiding from a dangerous past.

Director: Carl Schultz
Stars: George C. Scott, William Petersen, Julie Carmen
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz
Marie (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman is determined to reveal the truth about an insidious political corruption. In doing so she risks her safety, career and reputation but will not stop asking questions until the truth is known.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, Keith Szarabajka
Kiss the Sky (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two professionals, Jeff and Marty, take a business trip to the Philippines. Their deep dissatisfaction with their lives leads them to forsake their friends and families for a return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: William Petersen, Gary Cole, Sheryl Lee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

What would you do if someone you loved sat down with you one night and calmly told you that they were going to end their life before morning? This is Thelma Cates' dilemma. Her daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Moore
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke
Beyond the Call (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Russell Gates is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien, is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Sissy Spacek, David Strathairn, Arliss Howard
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Al is caught between his loyalty to the police force and his love for his brother in a tense setting. It seems that his brother, Rudy, was involved in a mob hit that could potentially start... See full summary »

Director: Nick Vallelonga
Stars: Michael Biehn, William Petersen, Leo Rossi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Monte Markham, Susan Oliver, Mark Miller
Long Gone (TV Movie 1987)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Story of the Tampico Stogies, a low minor-league baseball team, and its star player and manager, Stud' Cantrell, as they battle for the league championship amidst the corruption and racism of the American south.

Director: Martin Davidson
Stars: William Petersen, Virginia Madsen, Dermot Mulroney
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A little league player named Chuck refuses to ever pitch again until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Baseball star "Amazing Grace" Smith follows the boy's example, and starts a trend.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Gregory Peck, Dean Alexander
Heart Beat (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

Director: John Byrum
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Christine Ann Coalter
...
Joey (as William L. Petersen)
...
Walt
...
Dawn
...
Pinky
...
Beth
...
Stuart
...
Chris's Mom
...
Shelley
...
Mrs. Bell
Dorothy Deavers ...
Mrs. Bentson
Ed Geldart ...
Mr. Bentson
Niles Williamson ...
Howard
Lucy Childs ...
Edna
Margaret Bowman ...
Walt's Mom
Edit

Storyline

A man who doesn't like stable work environments has been away for too many years, and finds out his wife has divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying to convince her not to get married, aided by the daughter, who loves him despite his wandering ways. The couple finds out they still have feelings for each other but must decide how best to handle the contradiction of their lifestyles. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az ígéret szép szó...  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$306,319 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Martin Davidson replaced Lee Grant as director. See more »

Soundtracks

Forgiven
Performed by Sean Keller
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Nicely Done But Not for Everybody
16 May 2006 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"Hard Promises" is a bit like a doing a rural remake of "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" into which you incorporate the basic premise of "Sweet Home Alabama". While not in the same league as the former, it is considerably less offensive than the latter-which it may have inspired.

Billed as a romantic "comedy", the film contains little humor (unless you are still amused by small town stock characters) and nothing profound in the romance department. But like "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" it is about the interplay of love, freedom, and caring among people who have allowed a considerable distance to grow up between each other.

It features a nice performance by Sissy Spacek (who looks unexpectedly sexy and beautiful) and a nice portrayal of a charismatic character by William Peterson. Yet they are both upstaged by Olivia Burnette who plays the film's Francie character (handled so well by Peggy Ann Garner in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn").

Joey Coalter (Peterson) is an aimless free-spirit who neglects his wife and daughter while drifting around the country. Like Johnny in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" he is full of unfulfilled promises and pipe dreams. He returns on the eve of his wife Christine's (Spacek) wedding; having been alerted by his daughter that Christine has obtained a divorce during his latest absence. About all Joey has going for him with viewers is that he loves both his daughter and his wife. About all he still has going for him with Christine is the charisma of a free- spirit and a continuing physical attraction.

His daughter Beth (Burnette) is his ally in his attempts to salvage their family, as she is not particularly fond of her mother's fiancée (Brian Kerwin). Kerwin's stable but boring character is the polar opposite of Joey and she thinks her mother is overcompensating for Joey's historical unreliability.

"Hard Promises" is mostly dedicated to exploring Joey's inherent and impossible to change aimlessness. This gets a little oppressive if you are looking for a dynamic story but the film is a successful exercise in unity and style. The score and the editing reinforce this theme and provide a surprising number of really beautiful and moving film moments. The climax is unconventional and they go out on a nice scene between father and daughter.

It is an unexpectedly slick production, a triumph of style over substance-but in a good way.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hard Promises sound track drdanfe
SONG AT BEGINNING OF HARD PROMISES? annonymous56
Discuss Hard Promises (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?