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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 overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Chris
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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Martin Davidson replaced Lee Grant as director. See more »

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It Ain't Love
Performed by Sean Keller
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a perceptive and sympathetic study of incompatibility....
23 December 2010 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

William Petersen is excellent as a thirty-something good ol' boy and absentee husband who is about to grow up a bit as he's forced to face some uncomfortable facts about himself. Sissy Spacek is his newly divorced wife who is about to remarry when he comes barreling back into her life to prevent it....These two would have never gotten married if they had had a good astrologist do their charts in detail; he's very much a Sagittarius, probably with afflicted aspects in his sixth house, whereas she's a dyed in the wool Cancer. They obviously have great physical chemistry but severely conflicting emotional and psychological temperaments and needs. It took her 12 years of anguish to divorce him even though they still love each other. He's trying very hard to win her back and nearly does but ultimately she's more adult then he is and her resistance though nearly crumbling, persists. The film stands as a perceptive and sympathetic study of basically incompatible characters with a knowing and abiding understanding and fondness for each other who will never be able to weld into a viable union.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Pflugerville, Texas, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$306,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,319
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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