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Promise (1986)

When his mother dies, Bob not only inherits her house, but also the custody of his younger brother, who suffers from schizophrenia and epilepsy. At the age of 21, Bob promised to look after... See full summary »

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

Richard Friedenberg (teleplay), Ken Blackwell (story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Bob Beuhler
James Woods ... D.J.
Piper Laurie ... Annie Gilbert
Peter Michael Goetz ... Stuart
Michael Alldredge ... Gibb
Alan Rosenberg ... Dr. Pressman
Mary Marsh Mary Marsh ... Mrs. Post
Barbara Niven ... Joan (as Barbara Alexander)
Steven M. Gagnon ... Michael
Raissa Fleming Raissa Fleming ... Lonnie
Art Burke Art Burke ... Dr. Wexler
Bob Griggs Bob Griggs ... Minister
Janet Baumhover Janet Baumhover ... Mrs. Green
Charles Bernard Charles Bernard ... Mr. Allison
Claretta Mariana Claretta Mariana ... Beth
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When his mother dies, Bob not only inherits her house, but also the custody of his younger brother, who suffers from schizophrenia and epilepsy. At the age of 21, Bob promised to look after his brother. Although he has barely seen him in the many years since then and strives against the commitment, he doesn't dare to put him in a home either. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Promise (#36.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Corvallis, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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James Woods' favorite role. See more »

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Featured in The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) See more »

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Solid performances save this from being ordinary.
21 September 2005 | by shneurSee all my reviews

Put three powerhouse actors together -- James Garner, James Woods and Piper Laurie -- with a decent script, and what do you get? A better-than-decent movie, even beyond the made-for-TV category. James Garner is the brother of an adult schizophrenic whose care he "inherits" via a promise to their now-deceased mother. He got away early and stayed away from the "shame" of his afflicted sibling, but has paid a price, we are given to understand, in being unable to form committed relationships with anyone throughout his adult life. Now thrust unwillingly back with his sick but alarmingly honest brother, plus the sweetheart he had to give up to escape, he manages to be thoroughly unlikeable and human at the same time. The character exhibits just enough growth to make the story feel worth having watched, yet not so much as to be implausible. This is a fine, rewarding drama.


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