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After the Promise (1987)

Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing ... See full summary »

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Robert W. Lenski (teleplay), Sebastian Milito (story)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Elmer Jackson
Diana Scarwid ... Anna Jackson
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Florence Jackson
Donnelly Rhodes ... Dr. Northfield
Chance Michael Corbitt Chance Michael Corbitt ... Wayne 1
David French David French ... Richard 1
Benjamin Turner Benjamin Turner ... Ellis 1
Lance Verwoerd Lance Verwoerd ... Raymond 1 (as Lance)
Gary Verwoerd Gary Verwoerd ... Raymond 1
Shirley Barclay Shirley Barclay ... Mrs. Adams
Alex Bruhanski ... Hospital Cop
Dwight Koss ... Young Doctor
Linda Darlow ... Welfare Officer
Dana Still Dana Still ... Supervisor
Jenn Griffin ... Sitter (as Jennifer Griffin)
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Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing trumped-up charges of parental neglect) places the boys into various foster homes and institutions, unaware of the abuse that boys would then be subjected to. The conditions imposed by the court and the difficulties caused by the Depression make Jackson's determined and vigorous quest to find his boys extremely difficult. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Versprechen des Elmer Jackson See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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My Favorite Movie
14 June 2005 | by lesley44See all my reviews

I just wanted to say that this movie was the best i have seen in a long time. It has so many different emotions in it. I think it is one of Mark Harmons best movies. The only problem i have is i cant get it on DVD only have it on video.So i think everyone should watch this movie and let me know what they thought of it.. It really makes u think what it must of been like for single parents in that day and age mind u it hasn't changed a lot. I cant believe they would do that to children even then. But i do think everyone should watch it like i said it was one of Mark Harmons best movies.. Can anyone help me get this great movie on DVD please let me know as i cant get it here in Australia thanks.


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