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A Promise to Carolyn (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  16 January 1996 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Bill McKinney ...
Butch Maggart
Steve Shearer ...
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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Kay: It's okay, Debra. You don't even have to look at her.
Debra: I want to look at her!
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Disturbing content, but well done
8 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie tells the story of two adult sisters who seek justice for the murder of their baby sister by their truly wicked stepmother over 30 years earlier.

I found this to be very well acted. While Swoosie Kurtz and Delta Burke are totally different, they both did a great job of being what their characters had become as a result of the trauma of their early lives...Swoozie's character was hard, just a little trashy and a bit off the wall, Delta's was quiet, meek, eager to please--both perfectly plausible ways for children of abuse to end up. The guy playing the prosecutor was fantastic. But one of the best performances was that of the "young" stepmother. Watching the scenes where she brutalized the little girls, and the one where Carolyn was killed, was heart-stopping.

You have to wonder how many "Carolyns" there were so many years ago when abuse was something "nice" people didn't talk about and medical and law enforcement professionals tried to cover up.


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