Promise (1986)





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Promise represented the first of several momentous TV-movie teamings of James Garner and James Woods. Garner plays an affable middle-aged salesman. When his mother dies, Garner is compelled to fulfill his long-ago promise to her: to look after his schizophrenic younger brother Woods. What begins as a fitfully painful experience for both men culminates with an unexpected, powerful climax, predicated by a memory-laden fishing trip. Piper Laurie co-stars as an old flame of Garner who finds herself a compassionate spectator to the troubled and bizarrely touching relationship between the two long-estranged brothers. Written by Richard Friedenberg, The Promise premiered December 14, 1986. Emmy awards were bestowed upon James Woods, Piper Laurie, Richard Friedenberg, director Glenn Jordan, and the film itself.
Drama , Kids & Family , Television
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Warner Bros. Television


James Garner
as Bob Buehler
Alan Rosenberg
as Dr. Pressman
Mary Marsh
as Mrs. Post
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gr8 performances from all 3 leads r the fuel that make this mental illness go (Woods won a peabody & golden globe 4 his performance) which show that like Oscar if u wanna win play crazy or a hooker-bam your a shoe in!

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

This is better than the other made for TV movie about schizophrenia that I watched, Strange Voices (1987), but it's not spectacular. I do love the actors in this, although the main character is such a douche bag it's hard to care about him when he is put into this situation with a brother he hadn't seen much in the past years of his life. James Woods is great as usual and I always love Piper Laurie so they were great parts of this movie. It was a worthy watch, especially since my sister is in the hospital with what certainly looks like schizophrenia and I have a feeling I could be in a similar situation later on in life as the main character here, all I know is I'm not going to runaway from my family like the main character did here.

Robert Alley
Robert Alley

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