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The screenplay was written by Garry Michael White and later novelized by Danielle Steel.
The Movie was directed by Gilbert Cates, produced by Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller and there hasn't been another quite like it since.
The Promise movie is the story of a rich young college man (Steven Collins) who falls in love with a poor painter (Kathleen Quinlan). When his mother finds out that he wants to marry this girl, the mother runs an investigative report on the girl to get all the dirt she can get on her. But the son is only angry with his mother, because the girl's past before she was born doesn't matter to him. He loves her.
He calls her on the phone and asks her to marry him. He then goes and gets his best friend to be his best man at the justice of the peace and then they, in turn go get Nancy, the painter. While on their way to get married, there is a terrible automobile crash, which lands all three of them in the hospital. The car crash was a great work of cinematography and Nancy's entire body was half-way in the front seat, half out the front dash window.
When Steven Collins wakes up he finds out that his friend was released from the hospital with hardly a scratch. He asks his mother about Nancy. He does not know that the mother made a deal with the girl that if the mother got the girl's face fixed (which was totally destroyed by the car crash) and the mother would pay in excess of a hundred thousand dollars, that the girl would no longer see her son. So the deal was made and the mother tells her son that the girl did not make it.
Over the next year or so, the girl's face is restructured and Kathleen Quinlan looked beautiful. She changed her name to Marie Adams and went on to be a famous photographer who still painted. It was at one of her art shows that her boyfriend's best friend sees her work. He tells her, because he does not recognize her, that his friend has a building in California and they would like to buy her artwork to put in this building.
Of course, she recognized the friend, so she turns him down. He can't understand why she would turn down so generous an offer. He goes and tells his friend about this great artist named Marie Adams that will not sell her art to him.
So Steven Collins goes to see her work and her, and he feels like they've met, but he does not get the connection of her being Nancy. After all, his mean old mother told him Nancy was dead. The story progresses nicely and they find each other again at a place in Boston where they hid a costume necklace in the ground. She is trying to find the necklace but he has it. He now knew who she was because he saw a painting she had not finished before the accident, which was hanging completed on another man's wall.
"You can't have this necklace. It belonged to a friend of mine. A friend I was told had died over a year ago in a car crash." What comes after that is something none of them expected.
Stephen Collins ... Michael Hillyard
Beatrice Straight ... Marion Hillyard
Laurence Luckinbill ... Dr. Peter Gregson
William Prince ... George Calloway