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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

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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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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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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Rutinary Telefilm
11 April 2001 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

Whereas separately Delta Burke and Swoosie Kurtz play their parts reasonably well, they are as unlikely a pair of `sisters' you could imagine. Put together and considered as a whole directed by an imaginitive but lacklustre Jerry London, the sum of the parts would seem to exaggerate the worth of the whole. Certainly we must contend with a number of overacted scenes by both `sisters' as well as the step-mother of today and of forty years ago in flashbacks. Curiously it is precisely in the flashbacks to 1955 that provide the film with its best moments: the three little sisters were delightful, except obviously in the scenes of the step-mother thrashing out violence………. Scenes which were not too successfully handled. The story adheres too strongly to pre-established formulas such that the outcome is never in doubt, offers no surprise, simply another traditional rutinary telefilm trying too hard to evoke sympathies. I can only give this film 5 out of 10, I'll make it 5½ if you push me.


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