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Hard Promises (1991)

A man who doesn't like stable work environments has been away for too many years, and finds out his wife has divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Davidson

Writer:

Jule Selbo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Christine Ann Coalter
William Petersen ... Joey (as William L. Petersen)
Brian Kerwin ... Walt
Mare Winningham ... Dawn
Jeff Perry ... Pinky
Olivia Burnette ... Beth
Peter MacNicol ... Stuart
Ann Wedgeworth ... Chris's Mom
Amy Wright ... Shelley
Lois Smith ... Mrs. Bell
Dorothy Deavers Dorothy Deavers ... Mrs. Bentson
Ed Geldart Ed Geldart ... Mr. Bentson
Niles Williamson Niles Williamson ... Howard
Lucy Childs Lucy Childs ... Edna
Margaret Bowman ... Walt's Mom
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A man who doesn't like stable work environments has been away for too many years, and finds out his wife has divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying to convince her not to get married, aided by the daughter, who loves him despite his wandering ways. The couple finds out they still have feelings for each other but must decide how best to handle the contradiction of their lifestyles. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ígéret szép szó... See more »

Filming Locations:

Pflugerville, Texas, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$306,319
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Martin Davidson replaced Lee Grant as director. See more »

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Forgiven
Performed by Sean Keller
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Great film; simple and real.
25 March 2003 | by Catherine ToddSee all my reviews

How do you let go of that "first love" when he's not the right one? A wonderful film with, finally, love and acceptance at the end. What do you do when the high school prom king you married turns out to be a clown, or Peter Pan who will never grow up?

"But you're my home; you can't leave." "You used our home like a motel"

as she finally marries someone else.

He then goes for the little girl, his daughter, who also finally sees through his "promises" and says "Daddy, you don't have to make promises you can't (or won't) keep... I love you anyway, just the way you are."

Love and acceptance: so easy to say, so hard to do... a heck of a wonderful film to promote the reality of relationships and the beauty of the "stable guy" who may not make your heart race, but is there for you thick and thin.

Something to think about, for a long long time. Who wrote the great title songs with screaming guitar? Where can I purchase a CD?


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