5.7/10
1,134
13 user 8 critic

Promised Land (1987)

R | | Drama | 22 January 1988 (USA)
This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter, after they graduate. The first film commissioned by the Sundance Film ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writer:

Michael Hoffman
Reviews

Watch for Free

on IMDb TV

ON DISC
ALL
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Director: James Bridges
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates
Dad (1989)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

John's mom has a heart attack and ends in hospital. John flies home to take care of his dad, teaching him to do things around the house, spends time with him and shows him how to live again without mom's control. John's son joins them.

Director: Gary David Goldberg
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis
Crazy Moon (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A rich young kleptomaniac and a deaf store worker form a relationship after an ordeal with a stolen mannequin.

Director: Allan Eastman
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Vanessa Vaughan, Peter Spence
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Alek is an immigrant from the Soviet Union who was a talented boxer in his day, but he was not allowed on the Soviet national team because he was a Jew. Depressed and discouraged, he meets ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Roth
Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adrian Pasdar, Wesley Snipes
Shy People (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey, Martha Plimpton
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.

Director: John Patrick Shanley
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship, something supernatural happens that tests it.

Director: Norman René
Stars: Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A murderer who assumes the identity of a new deputy is unbeknownst to the sheriff planning to pin a separate murder on him.

Director: Rick King
Stars: Beau Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Wayne Rogers
Money Train (1995)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A vengeful New York City transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares. His foster brother, a fellow cop, tries to protect him.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez
D.O.A. (1988)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A college professor's day: his top student allegedly commits suicide, his wife presents him with divorce papers and he overnights in a freshman girl's dorm. The next day: more murders around him. Will he find the killer in time?

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling
Hopscotch (1980)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Grounded with a desk job by incompetent superiors, a clever CIA agent retires and writes a tell all memoir that will embarrass his bosses, prompting him to go on the run and elude them.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Gedrick ... Hancock
Tracy Pollan ... Mary
Kiefer Sutherland ... Danny
Meg Ryan ... Bev
Googy Gress ... Baines
Deborah Richter ... Pammie
Oscar Rowland ... Mr. Rivers
Sandra Seacat ... Mrs. Rivers
Jay Underwood ... Circle K Clerk
Herta Ware Herta Ware ... Mrs. Higgins
Logan Field Logan Field ... High School Coach (as Walt Logan Field)
Kelly Ausland Kelly Ausland ... Schroeder / Ashville Basketball Player #1
Todd Anderson Todd Anderson ... Pat Rivers
Dave Valenza Dave Valenza ... Glenn
Theron Read Theron Read ... Harting
Edit

Storyline

This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter, after they graduate. The first film commissioned by the Sundance Film Festival, it portrays the other half of the American dream, as Hancock and his cheerleader girlfriend Mary wander to a middle-class mediocrity out itself out of reach for Danny and his psychotic wife Bev. Written by Owen F. Lipsett <lipsetto@tcd.ie>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Hearts See more »

Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,401, 24 January 1988

Gross USA:

$316,199

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$316,199
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Referenced in Lawernce Kasdan's "Dream Catcher." See more »

Quotes

[waking up the "morning after"]
Bev: Where's the cat?
Danny: What cat?
Bev: The cat that shit in my mouth.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Best Dog ... Cheetah See more »

Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Iconic Meg Ryan Romance Movies (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Will the Wolf Survive
Written by David Hidalgo (uncredited) and Louie Perez (uncredited)
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records/Warner Brothers Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Fate of Each One in a Great Low Budget Movie
8 November 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the small town of Ashville, Hancock (Jason Gedrick) is the best basketball player and local hero. Mary (Tracy Pollan) is a cheerleader and his gorgeous girlfriend. They both intend to go to the college together. Their friend Danny 'The Senator' (Kiefer Sutherland) quits high school and moves alone to the Arizona, trying to have a good job and a better life. A couple of years later, Hancock is the local chief of police, living from his glorious past; Mary is studying Arts, and although still loving Hancock, she can not accept life in Ashville and has a new boyfriend; and Danny is a complete loser, who decides to get married with the crazy Beverly (Meg Ryan) and spend the Christmas Eve in his home town with his family. The story ends in a tragic way. 'Promised Land' is a depressive tale about the fate of each one and, in accordance with the initial credits, is based on a true story. The young cast has a great performance, the story is never corny, and it is great to see an American low budget movie about real common people, and not the fancy Hollywood reality. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): 'Terra Prometida' ('Promised Land')


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed