Promised Land
Promised Land (1988)

Three friends face the disappointments of adulthood in this drama. Growing up in Ashville, Utah, a small town where traditional ideals still cling stubbornly to the hearts and minds of youth, Davey Hancock (Jason Gedrick) is the star of the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 22, 1988
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Caryn James
New York Times

Promised Land tries hard to win you over but finally wears you down with its sincerity.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Gedrick and Pollan give character to the cliche's with their heartfelt work, and Sutherland and the show-stealing Ryan bring depth and weight to a potentially tiresome pair.

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TV Guide

The photography of the mountains, plains, and huge Western skies is gorgeous, and Hoffman's use of the camera is occasionally dazzling.

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Time Out

The film has a lot going for it though, with its beautiful snowy landscapes, empty highways, and committed playing from the cast.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Clumsy, heartfelt and promising.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a minor slice-of-life look at the dashed hopes of privileged youth.

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Variety Staff

Many scenes are extended to the point that all potential dramatic tension is drained out of them.

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A smart and well constructed drama.

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Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

Capable, believable performances cannot make up for a plot that is simply not there.

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