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A Promise to Carolyn (1996)

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 ... See full summary »

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Jerry London

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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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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:

McKinney, Texas, USA

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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

Francie Harper: [Standing in a closet looking for something to wear] No, I'm not talk to them. I ain't having a thing to do with this.
[she goes back to the mirror table where Kay and Debra are standing and sits down]
Kay: Why not?
Francie Harper: Because it's over and done!
Kay: Francie, don't do this!
Francie Harper: I'm not doing nothing. It's in the Lord's hands now which is where it belongs. Why drag it out now?
Kay: You're afraid it's all gonna come out about you, ain't you?
Francie Harper: ME? I don't have nothing to be ashamed of! I did everything I could about this...
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Disturbing content, but well done
8 July 2004 | by alliesmom97See all my reviews

This movie tells the story of two adult sisters who seek justice for the murder of their baby sister by their truly wicked stepmother over 30 years earlier.

I found this to be very well acted. While Swoosie Kurtz and Delta Burke are totally different, they both did a great job of being what their characters had become as a result of the trauma of their early lives...Swoozie's character was hard, just a little trashy and a bit off the wall, Delta's was quiet, meek, eager to please--both perfectly plausible ways for children of abuse to end up. The guy playing the prosecutor was fantastic. But one of the best performances was that of the "young" stepmother. Watching the scenes where she brutalized the little girls, and the one where Carolyn was killed, was heart-stopping.

You have to wonder how many "Carolyns" there were so many years ago when abuse was something "nice" people didn't talk about and medical and law enforcement professionals tried to cover up.


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