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The Promise (1979)

A rich student's fiancee has her face destroyed by a car accident, and refuses to return to him fearing the loss of his love.

Director:

Gilbert Cates

Writers:

Fred Weintraub (based on a story by), Paul M. Heller (based on a story by) (as Paul Heller) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Nancy McAllister / Marie Adamson
Stephen Collins ... Michael Hillyard
Beatrice Straight ... Marion Hillyard
Laurence Luckinbill ... Dr. Peter Gregson
William Prince ... George Calloway
Michael O'Hare ... Ben Avery
Bibi Besch ... Dr. Faye Allison
Robin Gammell ... Doctor Wickfield
Katherine De Hetre Katherine De Hetre ... Wendy Lester
Paul Ryan Paul Ryan ... Doctor Fenton
Tom O'Neill Tom O'Neill ... Painter
Kirchy Prescott Kirchy Prescott ... Nurse
John Vick John Vick ... First Cab Driver (as John Allen Vick)
Dan Leegant Dan Leegant ... Second Cab Driver
Jerry Walter Jerry Walter ... Cal
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Storyline

Two college students, one from a rich background, and the other from a poor one, decide to elope. They are involved in a serious car wreck, with the young girl's face severely injured. In order to get the necessary surgery, the mother of the young man injured in the accident offers a deal to the young woman - to stay out of her son's life permanently, and in return, get the plastic surgery to restore her face. What comes after that is something none of them expected. Written by Marinelle K. Szenasy

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A haunting story of love and betrayal. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1979 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Face of a Stranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Belvedere, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title song "I'll Never Say Goodbye" has been covered by various artistes such as Rosemary Clooney, Maureen McGovern and Barbra Streisand. See more »

Goofs

Pattern of blood on Michael's lip changes repeatedly during his fist fight with Gregson. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Mike? Happy Birthday, hooligan!
Michael: Yeah, that's right, my day all day.
Ben: Hey, you know who else's birthday it is? I read it in the San Francisco Chronicle. Julius Ceasar!
Michael: Julius Caesar! How the hell do they know?
Ben: Because they are fiendishly clever, man!
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Connections

Remade as Yeh Vaada Raha (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye)
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Music by David Shire
Sung by Melissa Manchester
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Chick flick but not made for tv
26 January 2004 | by actonkatSee all my reviews

Very good chick flick even with the bad nose and teeth for Kathleen Quinlan. I saw this movie at Radio City Music Hall when it opened there in March of 1979 (I believe it was St. Patrick's Day). Somewhat predictable all the way thru but the actors do a great job in making you care that it turns out right in the end.


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