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Keeping the Promise (1997)

Harsh elements, disease and dilemmas mark a Massachusetts family's move to uncharted Maine and a better life in 1768.

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William (Will) Hallowell
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Anne Hallowell
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Sakniss
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Attean
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Immigrated carpenter William 'Will' Hallowell hopes to make his family wealthy, after a fire ruined them in Springfield, Massachusettes, by moving to a claim in Maine territory. In order not to loose it, his son and apprentice Matt (13), a greenhorn city boy, must stay there while Will fetches spoiled wife and daughters, but an epidemic wrecks that plan. Matt is robbed by white neighbor Ben Loomis, but saved by old Penobscott Indian Sakniss, who demands in exchange mat teaches his his grandson Attean to read. From suspicion bordering on blind hatred, loyal friendship springs, yet the winter is unforgiving. Written by KGF Vissers

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An Enjoyable Family Movie
9 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a fine family movie. The characters were full and compelling, the story was believable, and the film was uplifting and positive. The soundtrack was also excellent. While some have offered critical reviews citing authenticity issues (clothing not sufficiently soiled to be realistic, non-period word use, etc), I found these elements to be superficial in nature. Movies are forever offering "sanitized" views (i.e., actors hair is never mussed, facial bruising from fights is gone the next day--or never appears at all!), etc. I would hate to see people miss out on a thoroughly enjoyable movie for such extraneous concerns. I very much recommend this film for viewers of all ages.


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