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Promised Land (1988)

Promised Land (1988)

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Three friends face the disappointments of adulthood in this drama. Growing up in Ashville, Utah, a small town where traditional ideals still cling stubbornly to the hearts and minds of youth, Davey Hancock (Jason Gedrick) is the star of the high school's championship basketball team. Pretty cheerleader Mary Daley (Tracy Pollan) is Davey's girlfriend, and bright Danny Rivers (Kiefer Sutherland) is his best friend. Two years after graduating from high school, reality has dimmed their dreams; while Davey won a college scholarship to play ball, he washed out of the team and ended up back in Ashville, where he's now a police officer. While Davey still sees Mary, she wants more out of life than Ashville or her relationship with him can give her. And when Danny, who has spent much of his time since high school drifting in search of an ambition, returns to town to visit Davey and Mary, he brings along a surprise -- Bev (Meg Ryan), a drug-addled floozy with an unstable personality (and a gun) whom he married in Las Vegas three days earlier. Promised Land was also released on home video under the title Young Hearts. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Kiefer Sutherland
as Danny 'Senator' Rivers
Jason Gedrick
as Davey Hancock
Tracy Pollan
as Mary Daley
Meg Ryan
as Beverly 'Bev' Sykes
Oscar Rowland
as Mr. Rivers
Sandra Seacat
as Mrs. Rivers
Jay Underwood
as Circle K Clerk
Herta Ware
as Mrs. Higgins
Walt Logan Field
as High School Coach
Gae Cowley
as Mrs. Daley
Kelly Ausland
as Schroeder
Todd Anderson
as Pat Rivers
Theron Read
as Harting
Tom Thornquest
as Falcons Basketball Player
Charles Black
as Preacher
Tony Kruletz
as Charlie
Dave Jensen
as College Coach
Herb McGarvey
as Riley Riddle
Don Steffey
as Rudy Riddle
James Cash
as Park Employee
L.L. West
as Toy Store Clerk
Matthew Karas
as Park Employee Dultz
John Garrison
as Mr. Daley
Michael Ruud
as Cowboy in Casino
Dorothy Conrad
as Mary's Grandmother
Joseph Yeates
as Kate's Husband
Gene Pack
as Mayor of Ashville
Adam Christensen
as Ashville Basketball Player
Shane Perry
as Ashville Basketball Player
Greg Weichers
as Ashville Basketball Player
Bob Bedore
as Falcons Basketball Player
Troy Bench
as Falcons Basketball Player
Jeff Lindsay
as Falcons Basketball Player
Spence Ashby
as Flagman #1
Zeke Totland
as Falcons Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Promised Land

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Promised Land tries hard to win you over but finally wears you down with its sincerity.

October 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film has a lot going for it though, with its beautiful snowy landscapes, empty highways, and committed playing from the cast.

October 17, 2012 | Full Review…
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Many scenes are extended to the point that all potential dramatic tension is drained out of them.

October 17, 2012 | Full Review…

Gedrick and Pollan give character to the cliche's with their heartfelt work, and Sutherland and the show-stealing Ryan bring depth and weight to a potentially tiresome pair.

October 17, 2012 | Full Review…

Clumsy, heartfelt and promising.

October 17, 2012 | Full Review…

A smart and well constructed drama.

October 17, 2012 | Full Review…

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