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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jolene Maggart
Francie Harper
Randy Goodson
Travis Colton
Young Kay (as Alexa Vega)
Jane E. Goold
Bill McKinney ...
Butch Maggart
Steve Shearer ...
Young Jolene
David Denney ...
Aunt Letty
Young Debra
Allison Ritter ...


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 <>

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Crime | Drama





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16 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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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Great Movie!!
29 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'A promise to Carolyn' was about 2 sisters that are trying to convict their stepmother of their baby sister's murder 37 years ago. All the memory's start again when one of the sisters gets a angel from the other sister on Chirstmas, which was the death of their sister Carolyn. As they show flashbacks and other memories of their childhood you could see it was troubled, through this movie they are trying to put their step-mother in jail on a count of murder.Its a very suspenseful movie and I think that audiences of all ages would like it for there is mystery,drama and more in this movie. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes mystery and drama. The casting was great as well as the plot.

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