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

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Many scenes are extended to the point that all potential dramatic tension is drained out of them.

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Clumsy, heartfelt and promising.

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

A smart and well constructed drama.

Full Review… | October 17, 2012

Audience Reviews for Promised Land

(***): [img][/img] This film is depressing, but I still found myself interested with it as it went along. Meg Ryan is also quite good here. Overall, a marginal thumbs up.


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