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A Promise to Carolyn (1996)

Two feuding adult sisters from a dysfunctional family decide to finally uncover the truth about a childhood trauma, the sudden death of their third sibling, from back in the 1950's.

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Jerry London

Writer:

Scott Swanton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delta Burke ... Debra
Swoosie Kurtz ... Kay
Shirley Knight ... Jolene Maggart
Grace Zabriskie ... Francie Harper
Lawrence Monoson ... Randy Goodson
Casey Biggs ... Travis Colton
Alexa PenaVega ... Young Kay (as Alexa Vega)
Jane E. Goold Jane E. Goold
Bill McKinney ... Butch Maggart
Steve Shearer ... Woody
Morgana Shaw ... Young Jolene
David Denney David Denney ... Timmy
Melanie Haynes ... Aunt Letty
Madylin Sweeten ... Young Debra
Allison Ritter Allison Ritter ... Carolyn
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Storyline

Flashbacks in the early part of this fact-based film set in McKinney, Texas, establishes that three sisters were mistreated by an abusive step-mother. 37 years later, the two remaining sisters still are haunted by the treatment they received and begin to be haunted by the supposed accidental death of the third at the step-mother's hands. With the help of a detective, a District Attorney, and through hypnosis, the two sisters piece together the step-mother's crime and have charges brought against her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En souvenir de Caroline See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is a true story about Carolyn McMorris who was murdered by her stepmother, Colleen Stubblefield, on December 5, 1955. She had two older sisters, Kay who was then 5-years old and Debra, then 3-years old. The children lived with their stepmother and biological father, Bull, in the Ace Motel in Lubbock, Texas at the time of the murder. See more »

Quotes

Jolene Maggart: [Bringing a cup of tea to Debra who is hanging her head down on the porch] You feeling any better?
Debra: [takes the tea cup] Yeah. Just feeling a little light-headed is all.
Jolene Maggart: This is about Carolyn, isn't it? Kay got you all stirred up again?
Debra: No it's not.
Jolene Maggart: You can tell me the truth, Debra.
Debra: I am. Kay just wanted to know when she was born so that she could do her chart.
Jolene Maggart: I have been very patient about this and I have not said a word, but if you're gonna stand here and lie to my face...
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This movie grabs hold and won't let go
12 July 2003 | by mkr-1See all my reviews

I Loved this movie! I was so saddened at what happened to that darling little girl by her step mother, but I think this movie is rated a 10 because it grips you so much that it stays with you long after the movie is over. I watch this movie everytime it comes on TV. I especially like true to life movies and the fact that the real people involved in this case were involved in making sure that the information is all correct and true made it even better.


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