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Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 26 December 1993
Biological parents sell their baby then harass the couple that wants to adopt her.

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Donald Wrye

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Vickie Patik (teleplay), Christopher Canaan (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl Ladd ... Pam Cheney
Polly Draper ... Ella Sabin
Robert Desiderio ... Sean Cheney
D. David Morin ... Terry Sabin
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Lily Ward
Ted Levine ... Gary Ward
Amanda Braun Amanda Braun ... Emily
Megan Braun Megan Braun ... Emily
Samantha Braun Samantha Braun ... Emily
Tim Ransom ... Madden
Patch Mackenzie ... Mrs. Garcia
Robert Donley Robert Donley ... Uncle Al
Buckley Norris ... Thompson
James Harper ... Orin Moser
Jordan Ladd ... Waitress
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Biological parents sell their baby then harass the couple that wants to adopt her.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken Promises See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color (PFL)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Two Good Performances
5 March 2000 | by Brooklyn-10See all my reviews

Predictability is the key word here. This is a very standard movie-of-the-week involving an adoption between an upper-middle class couple and a down-on-their-luck couple, who want to give up their young toddler, Emily, because they can only barely afford to feed themselves. Ted Levine and Kathleen Wilhoite are the homeless couple, and being well into their thirties at least, the viewer gets the sense that their predicament is not the result of youthful inexperience but character issues. Ted Levine is simply fantastic, much too talented for this movie, to be blunt. He commands every scene he appears in with his rough, abrupt demeanor, often offending the prospective parents of his daughter. He is cavalier in the "sale" of his daughter, and yet it is hard to dislike him. His wife, Lily, played by Kathleen Wilhoite, is whipped-dog subdued, completely unassertive and willing to let her daughter be traded without a peep, although she is consumed by depression afterward. Both halves of this couple are the main reason to watch "Broken Promises". The story will not particularly surprise or enlighten, but their performances are magnetic.


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