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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

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Mark Harmon ... Elmer Jackson
Diana Scarwid ... Anna Jackson
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Florence Jackson
Donnelly Rhodes ... Dr. Northfield
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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Elmer Jackson: Maybe we just oughta leave them alone?
Anna Jackson: Oh no you don't! You'll never be all one piece until they are back! Besides - you promised her. You promised me. You promised Melissa. and you back out now - I'll go up and down the street, knocking on doors, telling everybody that Elmer Jackson goes back on his promises!
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Heart rendering and very moving
16 August 2005 | by mec-23See all my reviews

This was a great period piece. I cry every time I watch and recommend it to every parent. This reinforces a father's love. It gives hope for the meaning of family. It also makes one happy not to live in those conditions and circumstances. Be happy for who we are and in what time we live. This is a celebration of family. It is a wonderful Father's Day movie. I wish more movies were made of this caliber and less of the dirty little secrets caliber. It made the point that even among monsters angels tread! For every one needs an angel to watch over them and their families.

Please, watch this movie with your father or husband


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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