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A Promise to Carolyn (1996)

Two feuding adult sisters from a dysfunctional family decide to finally uncover the truth about a childhood trauma, the sudden death of their third sibling, from back in the 1950's.

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Jerry London

Writer:

Scott Swanton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delta Burke ... Debra
Swoosie Kurtz ... Kay
Shirley Knight ... Jolene Maggart
Grace Zabriskie ... Francie Harper
Lawrence Monoson ... Randy Goodson
Casey Biggs ... Travis Colton
Alexa PenaVega ... Young Kay (as Alexa Vega)
Jane E. Goold Jane E. Goold
Bill McKinney ... Butch Maggart
Steve Shearer ... Woody
Morgana Shaw ... Young Jolene
David Denney David Denney ... Timmy
Melanie Haynes ... Aunt Letty
Madylin Sweeten ... Young Debra
Allison Ritter Allison Ritter ... Carolyn
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Storyline

Flashbacks in the early part of this fact-based film set in McKinney, Texas, establishes that three sisters were mistreated by an abusive step-mother. 37 years later, the two remaining sisters still are haunted by the treatment they received and begin to be haunted by the supposed accidental death of the third at the step-mother's hands. With the help of a detective, a District Attorney, and through hypnosis, the two sisters piece together the step-mother's crime and have charges brought against her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En souvenir de Caroline See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1955 doctors were not required by law to report child abuse. See more »

Quotes

Jolene Maggart: [Bringing a cup of tea to Debra who is hanging her head down on the porch] You feeling any better?
Debra: [takes the tea cup] Yeah. Just feeling a little light-headed is all.
Jolene Maggart: This is about Carolyn, isn't it? Kay got you all stirred up again?
Debra: No it's not.
Jolene Maggart: You can tell me the truth, Debra.
Debra: I am. Kay just wanted to know when she was born so that she could do her chart.
Jolene Maggart: I have been very patient about this and I have not said a word, but if you're gonna stand here and lie to my face...
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A contrived, over-acted mess.
17 June 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"A Promise to Carolyn" tells of the investigation of two middle aged women into the death of their little sister 30+ years earlier. A contrived mess fraught with herky-jerky flashbacking, over-acting, and poor technical consulting in hypnosis, law, forensics, etc., this flick is an obvious fabrication with one purpose; to jerk the audience around emotionally. Should be most appreciated by soaps junkies.

At this writing the IMDB user rating of 7.8 computed from 37 votes is grossly distorted by 16 votes, almost half, giving this mediocre film a maximum score of 10 with no semblance of a Gaussian distribution.


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