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The Promise

The title of this romantic melodrama, has to do with a buried necklace and the promise of undying love and faith in each other made by a young architectural student and a girl student.

The title of this romantic melodrama, has to do with a buried necklace and the promise of undying love and faith in each other made by a young architectural student and a girl student.

The girl is severely injured in an auto accident and the boy is unconscious for some time, during which his mother – a female building tycoon – persuades the girl to undergo some very expensive plastic surgery and seek a new life elsewhere. She tells her son the girl is dead.

The scene changes to California. The girl, a promising artist, has for reasons known only to herself, switched to photography. She’s an overnight success and is sought by the young architect who’s building a medical center. Does he recognize her?

Kathleen Quinlan is pretty convincing as the painter/photographer and a new, very handsome, young leading man is added to the Hollywood scene with Stephen Collins as the architect.

1979: Nomination: Best Song (‘I’ll Never Say Goodbye’)

The Promise

  • Production: Universal. Director Gilbert Cates; Producer Fred Weintraub, Paul Heller; Screenplay Gary Michael White; Camera Ralph Woolsey; Editor Peter E. Berger; Music David Shire; Art Director William Sandell
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 97 MIN.
  • With: Kathleen Quinlan Stephen Collins Beatrice Straight Laurence Luckin Michael O'Hare Bibi Besch
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