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Debra
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Kay
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Jolene Maggart
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Francie Harper
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Randy Goodson
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Travis Colton
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Young Kay (as Alexa Vega)
Jane E. Goold
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Butch Maggart
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Woody
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Young Jolene
David Denney ...
Timmy
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Aunt Letty
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Young Debra
Allison Ritter ...
Carolyn
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Flashbacks in the early part of this fact-based film set in McKinney, Texas, establishes that three sisters were mistreated by an abusive step-mother. 37 years later, the two remaining sisters still are haunted by the treatment they received and begin to be haunted by the supposed accidental death of the third at the step-mother's hands. With the help of a detective, a District Attorney, and through hypnosis, the two sisters piece together the step-mother's crime and have charges brought against her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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16 January 1996 (USA)  »

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En souvenir de Caroline  »

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This movie is a true story about Carolyn McMorris who was murdered by her stepmother, Colleen Stubblefield, on December 5, 1955. She had two older sisters, Kay who was then 5-years old and Debra, then 3-years old. The children lived with their stepmother and biological father, Bull, in the Ace Motel in Lubbock, Texas at the time of the murder. See more »

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Jolene Maggart: [Bringing a cup of tea to Debra who is hanging her head down on the porch] You feeling any better?
Debra: [takes the tea cup] Yeah. Just feeling a little light-headed is all.
Jolene Maggart: This is about Carolyn, isn't it? Kay got you all stirred up again?
Debra: No it's not.
Jolene Maggart: You can tell me the truth.
Debra: No, Kay just wanted to know when Carolyn was born so that she could do her chart.
Jolene Maggart: I have been very patient about this and I have not said a word, but if you're gonna stand there and lie to my face...
[she turns to walk away]
Debra: ...
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A contrived, over-acted mess.
17 June 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"A Promise to Carolyn" tells of the investigation of two middle aged women into the death of their little sister 30+ years earlier. A contrived mess fraught with herky-jerky flashbacking, over-acting, and poor technical consulting in hypnosis, law, forensics, etc., this flick is an obvious fabrication with one purpose; to jerk the audience around emotionally. Should be most appreciated by soaps junkies.

At this writing the IMDB user rating of 7.8 computed from 37 votes is grossly distorted by 16 votes, almost half, giving this mediocre film a maximum score of 10 with no semblance of a Gaussian distribution.


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