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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 ... 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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Waitress: I had a husband once, but he was worse than the kids. So I kept the kids and got rid of the husband!
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A small masterpiece
25 November 2002 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

We are all victims of "circumstances," trying to cope as best we can with forces beyond our control that may determine the course our lives take, for better or worse. That is why virtually everyone will be touched by this heart-rending picture, a story of decent people trapped by conditions that turn them into victims. There is no happy ending - only a partially satisfying resolution of a struggle which demonstrates the courage and determination that people must sometimes look for within themselves, and hope to find.

Everything about this film is handled with the extreme sensitivity its theme deserves.


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