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Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 26 December 1993
Biological parents sell their baby then harass the couple that wants to adopt her.

Director:

Donald Wrye

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Vickie Patik (teleplay), Christopher Canaan (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl Ladd ... Pam Cheney
Polly Draper ... Ella Sabin
Robert Desiderio ... Sean Cheney
D. David Morin ... Terry Sabin
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Lily Ward
Ted Levine ... Gary Ward
Amanda Braun Amanda Braun ... Emily
Megan Braun Megan Braun ... Emily
Samantha Braun Samantha Braun ... Emily
Tim Ransom ... Madden
Patch Mackenzie ... Mrs. Garcia
Robert Donley Robert Donley ... Uncle Al
Buckley Norris ... Thompson
James Harper ... Orin Moser
Jordan Ladd ... Waitress
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Biological parents sell their baby then harass the couple that wants to adopt her.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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Broken Promises See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color (PFL)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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heart-warming and heart-breaking
5 March 2000 | by DrCarolSee all my reviews

The target audience for this film is women, and any woman who has ever had a child, wanted a child, or lost a child will cry over it. But men should also give it a chance, not just for the family themes that men in general ought to give more attention to or the aesthetic pleasure of looking at Cheryl Ladd (who is perhaps too beautiful for her part; her friend Ella, played by Polly Draper, is better cast--attractive but not exotically beautiful, and genuinely likeable in her small part). But men and women alike will appreciate the versatile Ted Levine as Gary Ward, Emily's father, who loves his wife and daughter but has just never figured out how to be a productive member of society. Though he has trouble controlling his temper, Gary is not really dangerous, and his vulnerability makes him a sympathetic character. The scene where he coaxes his wife (as undereducated and inept as he is) to come downstairs into his arms has an odd charm combined with pathos. The viewer feels that they belong together and need each other and that Pam (Cheryl Ladd) is wrong to try to keep them apart.

If you care about children and families, watch "Broken Promises" for the bittersweet story. If you don't care about those elements, watch it for Ted Levine's performance. Either way, it's worth your time.


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