Hard Promises

Directed By: Martin Davidson Starring: Sissy Spacek

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Joey Coalter (William Petersen, TV's C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation) is a restless adventurer who's been married for nearly thirteen years to his high-school sweetheart, Christine (Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner's Daughter), but has been working odd jobs that have kept him away from home nearly the whole time. Fed up with her husband's wandering ways, Chris files for divorce and makes plans to marry a local, and reliable, businessman. Completely stunned when he receives a wedding invitation (secretly sent by their daughter, Beth), Joey rushes home to try to win back his wife in this true-to-life romantic comedy.


Studio Sony
SKU 40724700
UPC 027616125408
UPC 14 00027616125408
Format DVD
Release Date 11/15/2005
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Editors Note
Note Good ol' boy Joey is a free-roaming soul with an urge to travel just about anywhere except home. So imagine his surprise when he's invited to his own wife's wedding. He rushes home to find himself newly divorced, fighting to win back the wife he stills wants and becoming a belated father to his headstrong daughter.
Plot Summary
Summary Christine divorced her first husband after he abandoned her and their daughter Beth. But since the divorce -- which she filed without her husband's consent -- Chris has fallen in love with Walt Humphrey, a stable, loving, family man. When her ex-husband, Joey, discovers his wife is about to remarry, he returns to his family hoping to stop the wedding and win her back.
Los Angeles Times "...[Featuring] a warm and believable performance by the invariably underrated Spacek..." 01/31/1992 p.F6
Martin Davidson
Sissy Spacek
Cast & Crew
Andrzej Bartkowiak - Cinematographer
Bonnie Koehler - Editor
Brian Kerwin - Actor
Dan Leigh - Production Designer
George S. Clinton, et. al. - Original Music By
Jule Selbo - Writer
Mare Winningham - Actor
Martin Davidson - Director
Sissy Spacek - Actor
William L. Petersen, et. al. - Producer
William Petersen - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 101411
UPC 00027616125408
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Writer Jule Selbo -- not surprisingly from TV (Life Goes On) -- and director Martin Davidson, who's behind such tripe as Heart of Dixie and Hero at Large, smooth out those pesky rough edges and anything else that's remotely interesting. Petersen tries so hard for charm he kills any chance to achieve it. The movie is too bloodless to provoke scorn; it's simply a forgettable mediocrity.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 4
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Hard Promises was made in the spirit of a brainless sitcom, but if you stand back from the movie and really look at it, you're struck by how weird all of the characters are. The movie struggles to be about love and freedom and caring, but in fact it's about seriously dysfunctional people living on the edge of madness. The film's chatty small-town setting only underlines its oddity.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 3
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Spacek,Sissy
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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