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A Son's Promise (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 5 March 1990
The touching true story of the fifteen years old Terry who promised his dying mother to look after his six younger brothers and keep them together as a family ... a man's job on a boy's ... See full summary »

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

Bill Stratton (story), Bill Stratton (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Ricky Schroder ... Terry O'Kelley (as Rick Schroder)
David Andrews ... Wayne O'Kelley (Dad)
Veronica Cartwright ... Dorothy Donaldson (guardian ad litem)
Stephen Dorff ... Charles O'Kelley
Boyd Gaines ... Dan Weston
Andrew Lowery Andrew Lowery ... Tommy O'Kelley (2nd oldest)
Donald Moffat ... Paw Paw
Ryan Marshall Ryan Marshall ... David O'Kelley
Trey Yearwood Trey Yearwood ... Jeff O'Kelley (blonde)
Peirce Baehr Peirce Baehr ... Michael O'Kelley (littlest kid)
Grayson Fricke Grayson Fricke ... Jason O'Kelley (littlest kid)
Linda Pierce Linda Pierce ... Judy O'Kelley (Mom)
Edith Ivey ... Luella (step Gramdma)
Ken Strong Ken Strong ... Lee Reynolds
Jim Peck ... Brantley Kincaid - Atty.
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The touching true story of the fifteen years old Terry who promised his dying mother to look after his six younger brothers and keep them together as a family ... a man's job on a boy's shoulders. He had to face many misfortunes and "parenthood" had such hard and unpleasant surprises for him, he was almost tempted to disappoint his mother ... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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Drama | Family

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The O'Kelley Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Marian Rees Associates See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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They Ain't Heavy, They're My Brothers
28 February 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Georgia teenager Rick Schroder (as Terry) promises his dying mother he will look after his six little brothers after she dies. Mother wants the boys to remain together, and stay in school. When the seven sons' caring grandfather also dies, times get really tough for Mr. Schroder, who has to assume the paternal role. The boys' real father, interstate truck driver father David Andrews (as Wayne O'Kelley), is still alive - but he spends all his time on the road, in jail, or drinking alcohol...

As the responsible family member, Schroder must take teenage brother Stephen Dorff (as Charles) to the woodshed...

In a big symbolic moment, Schroeder whips young Dorff's buttocks with their grandfather's belt, for smoking in the chicken shack. Due to the camera angle, it's safe to say Dorff didn't pull down his pants or suffer any injury. Schroeder also has trouble with rebellious brother Andrew Lowery (as Tommy). Helping manage this large family are sympathetic lawyer Veronica Cartwright (as Dorothy Donaldson), slick community organizer Boyd Gains (as Dan Weston), and God.

**** A Son's Promise (3/5/90) John Korty ~ Rick Schroder, Stephen Dorff, Veronica Cartwright, David Andrews


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