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A Son's Promise


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  • Actors: Ricky Schroder, David Andrews, Veronica Cartwright, Stephen Dorff, Boyd Gaines
  • Directors: John Korty
  • Writers: Bill Stratton, Robert Inman
  • Producers: Anne Hopkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Platinum Disc
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9INY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Son's Promise" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A A Son's Promise is the touching, true story of an iron-willed Georgia boy who accepts the burden of a man on his young shoulders. Fifteen-year-old Terry O'Kelly (Rick Schroder) is fatherless, and his remaining parent, his mother, is dying. Anguished, the soon-to-be orphan makes a surprisingly grown-up decision: Terry promises to care for his six brothers and vows to keep the family together - no matter what. Steadfast to his word, Terry takes on the struggles of parenthood, which yields some difficult and unpleasant surprises. But when the family suffers a series of grim misfortunes, including: starvation, deprivation, and natural disaster, Terry's will is tested to the limits until he reaches his breaking point. Tempted to just walk away from it all, will Terry break his vow, or will he continue to fight against all odds and keep his family together as promised?

Customer Reviews

Good movie for the whole family.
bookloversfriend
It is a very touching moving about a young teenager in Georgia that is trying his best to keep his brothers all together and the hardships he faces.
Gene
I would recommend this highly and I have watched it over and over again.
Linda Huntington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Susan Manchester on May 6, 2007
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WONDERFUL movie starring Ricky Shroeder about an older brother trying desperately to hold his siblings together as a family, despite an alcoholic father who tries to defeat him at every turn, and greedy people who try to take advantage of his good fortune when things start to turn around. Ricky portrays an older teen with just the right mix of confidence, confusion, exhaustion and frustration. He definitely makes you believe in the character.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By bookloversfriend on June 17, 2007
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This type of story is a difficult one to pull off, but this movie does it. Not a dull moment. Things keep changing all the time. The emotional tension remains tight all the way through, yet the movie never becomes oppressive. There are a number of relieving moments of achievement, of aid from other people, of being befriended by strangers. The characters, especially the father, are all realistic. No stereotypes here. The father is a real horror. Unfortunately, such people are not only real but not uncommon.

Rick Shroeder does an excellent job with the acting and with the Georgia accent. Not a trace of his natural southern California accent comes through in any of the scenes.

Good movie for the whole family. Worth watching again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Huntington on August 25, 2008
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I have always thought Ricky Shroeder was a great star and this movie just adds to his greatness in my mind. As an older brother he was determined to keep his promise to his dying mother to keep his siblings together. Feeling he had failed at times did not stop him from pushing forward to accomplish his goal. The odds against him were great but he made you believe in the boy and his fight. I would recommend this highly and I have watched it over and over again. He also did a great job of acting with Brad Pitts in Across the Tracks another great movie about brothers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Burt on February 3, 2013
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This would be a good film for group discussion, especially between youth and adults. It is a moving story with many twists and turns, but justice prevails. Be prepared to shed a few tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natasha L. Stinnett on November 30, 2012
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This is a fantastic movie, very inspirational and touching! I definitly recomment this to anyone who enjoys watching films! :)
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The movie is about 7 brothers who there mom dies, there dad is an alcoholic and isn't there much. The oldest Terry is left to care for his 6 younger brothers and through a whole bunch of mishaps and trying to get help, to pay for his mom's & papa's (Grandpa)funeral he goes to the state for help and the 4 youngest get put in foster care, he keeps fighting for them. His barn burns down as well as his house. A local appliance store owner gets people to donate a fund to help the kids that turns out bad. In the end he does end up getting all his brothers back. It was a really touching film for me.
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By Richard Goenaga on July 10, 2014
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Powerful movie. Ricky Schroder had an outstanding performance here.
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By Paul C, Surprise, Az on February 14, 2014
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this movie was a close to the heart movie for anyone that was ever put into this situation. I give Ricky a boat load of credit for a job well done, this is truly a movie that has touched and warmed my heart.
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