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Promises in the Dark (1979)

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118 min | Drama

Numbed by career demands and a recent divorce, Dr. Alexandra Kendall (Marsha Mason) hides behind a hard shell of professional detatchment - until she treats Buffy Koenig (Kathleen Beller), a dying 17-year-old cancer patient who reawakens ...See moreNumbed by career demands and a recent divorce, Dr. Alexandra Kendall (Marsha Mason) hides behind a hard shell of professional detatchment - until she treats Buffy Koenig (Kathleen Beller), a dying 17-year-old cancer patient who reawakens Kendall to life's possibilities. Soon the courageous girl's condition takes a downturn - and the physician must carefully, even agonizingly, weigh the consequences of keeping a promise she made to Buffy. Jerome Hellman, producer of such award-winning movies as Midnight Cowboy, Coming Home and The Mosquito Coast, makes his directorial debut on this frank, finely crafted film casting an unflinching yet compassionate eye on illness. Full of memorable performances, Promises in the Dark moves, challenges - and inspires you to live life more fully. See less
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49 cast members
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Marsha Mason
Dr. Alexandra Kendall Dr. Alexandra Kendall   See fewer
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Ned Beatty
Bud Koenig Bud Koenig   See fewer
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Susan Clark
Fran Koenig Fran Koenig   See fewer
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Michael Brandon
Dr. Jim Sandman Dr. Jim Sandman   See fewer
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Kathleen Beller
Elizabeth (Buffy) Koenig Elizabeth (Buffy) Koenig   See fewer
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Paul Clemens
Gerry Hulin Gerry Hulin   See fewer
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Donald Moffat
Dr. Walter McInerny Dr. Walter McInerny   See fewer
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Philip Sterling
Dr. Frucht Dr. Frucht   See fewer
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Bonnie Bartlett
Nurse Farber Nurse Farber   See fewer
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James Noble
Dr. Blankenship Dr. Blankenship   See fewer
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Arthur Rosenberg
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Peggy McCay
Miss Pritikin Miss Pritikin   See fewer
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Fran Bennett
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Eloise Hardt
Woman in Restaurant Woman in Restaurant   See fewer
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Bernie Kuby
Tony in Bud's Office Tony in Bud's Office   See fewer
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Karen Anders
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Edith Fields
Mrs. Gans Mrs. Gans   See fewer
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Alice Beardsley
Mrs. Keyes Mrs. Keyes   See fewer
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Arthur Space
Patient in Examining Room Patient in Examining Room   See fewer
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M.E. Lorange
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Lynn Farrell
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Kim Fowler
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Janet Taylor
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Jack Anderson
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Henry D. Fetter
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Dayson De Courcy
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Teryn Jenkins
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Paul Van
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Ellen Shaw
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Noanie Rofoli
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Patrick Chambers
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Mark Schaffner
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Sandra Reitan
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Leland Green
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Barbara Starita
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6.5 / 10 | 191 votes