Sunday, August 14, 2016

After the Promise

By A Customer on June 19, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It has been many years since this made for TV movie was aired. However, I remember it as vividly today as when I saw it for my first and only time, nearly 20 years ago. The fathers' desperate struggle to retain his four sons after the loss of his wife; as well as his dealings with an unsympathic court system, will leave you stunned. The system itself really should have been on trial. In the end, the father lives up to the promise he made to his four sons; but the abuse endured by the boys at county homes, before their father successfully reenters their lives, is as devastating as anything you'll ever see in film. This exceptional TV drama is based on a true story that occured during the great depression. It is the most moving television film to be made since Brian's Song.

Format: DVD
For anyone who has even the slightest glimmer of compassion, a unique and gifted portrayal by Mark Harman of Elmer one man who against all the odds stacked against him, eventualy after many years re-unites the family he lost.
The viewer is taken back to 1920s America and the bakward attitudes of the establishment who do not stop to consider each case before them.

Based on a true story you are taken on the journey of a loving father and his four sons through the worst nightmare that could be imposed on them.

Top Customer Reviews

Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie but once many years ago when it was first released. It is a difficult movie to find, and I wonder what mystery surrounds the movie itself as to why it is a rare find. I say for those of us whom have the chance to get it do so as it may become one of the rarest movies to ever be found in the future. I know there are some controversial subjects within the movie that may have made it an "undesirable" movie to market,.....such as sterilization (castration) at asylums for young orphan boys. Whatever the reason, the movie was well acted by Mark Harmon and his supporting cast. This movie will leave you touched deeply and probably like myself and others; will not escape your memory any time soon. Brilliant and Touching, this is one that should be kept locked up and preserved indefinately.

  • Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing trumped-up charges of parental neglect) places the boys into various foster homes and institutions, unaware of the abuse that boys would then be subjected to. The conditions imposed by the court and the difficulties caused by the Depression make Jackson's determined and vigorous quest to find his boys extremely difficult.

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth22 February 1921Manchester, England, UK
Date of Death7 April 2003Ojai, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameDavid Brian Lederman

Mini Bio (1)

David Greene had a varied early career, beginning with his first job as junior reporter for the Walthamstow Guardian. Life as a journalist was not to be his forte, however. During the years spanning the mid- to late 1930's, he tried his luck variously in the furniture removal business, as a deck hand and as a hospital porter, before signing on with the Merchant Navy at the onset of World War II. He lasted a year before being invalided out in 1941. Becoming affiliated with the Everyman Theatre in London as its publicity manager, he finally found his vocation in the acting profession and subsequently enrolled at RADA. From 1948, he performed in repertory which included a season or two at the Old Vic. Movies followed, with supporting roles in films like The Wooden Horse (1950).

While travelling through Canada with the touring Broadway Company of 'Anthony and Cleopatra' in 1952, Greene decided to accept an offer from the Canadian Broadcasting Company to join their television department. He emigrated officially in 1953, and moved to New York three years later. By the end of the decade, he had become one of the most sought-after TV directors in the business. Working on both sides of the Atlantic, he helmed episodes of popular action and adventure series like Sir Francis Drake (1961) andThe Defenders (1961). He also directed the occasional feature. Three of these stand out.

His first, The Shuttered Room (1967), was a macabre story, loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft. Greene's eye for off-beat location, combined with his clever use of subjective camera technique, gave the film a striking visual sense and considerably heightened its suspense value. Sebastian (1968), with its stark Orwellian visions of London, was a stylish espionage thriller about code breaking that did not take itself all that seriously. It boasted an excellent cast, headed by Dirk BogardeSusannah York and Lilli Palmer, and was directed with style, fairly obscuring the numerous incongruities within the plot. Third of the trio, The Strange Affair (1968), was a gritty, somewhat unpleasant, tale of police corruption and obsession set in swinging 60's London. More overtly violent than its predecessors in the genre, it imported Greene's American experience into British film and is worth viewing chiefly for the director's taut handling.

Once again back in the U.S. from the mid-1970's, Greene directed several instalments of the popular miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) and then specialised in made-for-TV films, also occasionally working as producer or executive producer. Arguably, his most successful spell in the medium was between 1976 and 1979, winning three of his four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series or Special. The oft-married Greene retired in 1999 and died in April 2003, aged 82.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (7)

Kelly Greene(4 April 2003 - 7 April 2003) (his death)
Lauren Rickey Greene(18 December 1981 - 18 December 2001) (divorced)
Vanessa Greene(22 February 1975 - 10 December 1981) (divorced) (1 child)
Thomasina Doreen Patricia Jones(10 April 1972 - 25 May 1973) (her death) (1 child)
Eileen Grace Jack(10 March 1959 - 20 November 1970) (divorced) (1 child)
Katharine Blake(26 June 1948 - 2 March 1959) (divorced) (1 child)
Margaret Lane(13 September 1941 - 23 March 1948) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

Father, with Vanessa Greene, of Linsel Greene
Father, with Eileen Grace Jack, of Nic Greene.
Father, with Thomasina Doreen Patricia Jones (birth mother) and Lauren Rickey Greene (adoptave mother) of Laurence Greene.
Father, with Katharine Blake, of Lindy Greene.

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Writing Credits  

Robert W. Lenski...(teleplay)
Sebastian Milito...(story)

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification  

Mark Harmon...
Elmer Jackson
Diana Scarwid...
Anna Jackson
Rosemary Dunsmore...
Florence Jackson
Donnelly Rhodes...
Dr. Northfield
Chance Michael Corbitt...
Wayne 1
David French...
Richard 1
Benjamin Turner...
Ellis 1
Lance Verwoerd...
Raymond 1 (as Lance)
Gary Verwoerd...
Raymond 1
Shirley Barclay...
Mrs. Adams
Alex Bruhanski...
Hospital Cop
Dwight Koss...
Young Doctor
Linda Darlow...
Welfare Officer
Dana Still...
Jenn Griffin...
Sitter (as Jennifer Griffin)
Stephen E. Miller...
Blu Mankuma...
Alex Diakun...
Dan Muldoon...
Juvenile Judge
Slone Romano...
Raymond 2
William Nunn...
Superior Court Judge (as Willian Nunn)
Lillian Carlson...
Mrs. Sykes
Adrien Dorval...
Sykes Attendant
Janet Wright...
Ryan Francis...
Wayne 2
Donnie Jeffcoat...
Richard 2
Ryan Heavenor...
Ellis 2
Pat Bermel...
Bill Buck...
Chief Of Staff
Meghan Ramsey...
Michele Goodger...
Welfare Worker
Lorraine Foreman...
Older Nun
Mark Hildreth...
Raymond 3
Trey Ames...
Ellis 3
Dick Billingsley...
Wayne 3 (as Richard Billingsley)
David Petersen...
Andrew Woodworth...

The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin

Format: Paperback
This short tale highlights the resilience and determination of the Dutch people to live free from oppression during Nazi occupation. Young Johanna (raised in America but with a Dutch father) has spent the last five years with her grandparents in a small village in Holland. She has come cherish the the simple but dignified lifestyle in northern Holland, the last part of the country to be liberated. While some were collaborating with the enemy, she made a private vow never to look a Nazi soldier in the face.
The village treasure consists of a set of 12 Little Riders of metal (modeled centuries ago to represent Crusaders); they ride out and salute each other when the church clock tolls the hours. Johanna's favorite viewing spot is her attic room--just where her father used to sit and admire them as a boy. But when the Nazis invade the village, her family is forced to house a young officer (who plays the flute on summer nights). She has to vacate her little room with its view of the Riders (and a secret hiding place at the back of her closet).
The villagers' worst fears are realized when the commanding officer orders his men to seize the Little Riders and melt them down for ammunition--to be used against the very people who love them. How can 11-year-old Johanna help her grandfather prevent this desecration? Even children can exhibit heroism for a noble cause, for these Little Riders represent more than just medieval art. They now symbolize the spirit of joy and yearning for liberty of the Dutch people. Who will suffer Nazi retaliation when the Riders are discovered missing? A thoughtful tale which will charm adult readers and inspire youthful ones.

Format: Paperback
Johanna, a young Dutch-American girl, is visiting her grandparents in Holland when World War II breaks out and Holland is invaded by the Germans. To her dismay, the Nazis appropriate her bedroom to be the living quarters of one of their officers. This not only produces inconvenience for the girl, but also endangers her grandparents who are leaders in the resistance movement. She takes consolation in watching the village's treasured Little Riders, iron figures of noblemen commemorating the Crusades, which make their circuit in the church steeple as the great clock strikes the hours. When the Nazis announce their intention to melt the Little Riders down for ammunition, Johanna joins the movement to keep the statues out of the Nazis' hands. When plans to smuggle them out of town go wrong, Johanna is left alone with them and she heroically implements a desperate solution. The story ends with a surprise which underscores the humanity of all people who participated in this war.

This riveting story gently introduces the pain and evil involved in World War II, without going into graphic detail about the horrors of the war. Johanna's courage and loyalty are very admirable, and they seem to grow naturally in the context of her family's values of love and courtesy. The book is written at a transitional reader's level and (unlike most war stories) is appropriate for precocious pre-readers.
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The Little Riders is a believable tale of the experience of one ten-year-old American girl caught up in World War II when blitzkrieg comes to the Netherlands while she is visiting her Dutch grandparents. The novella offers drama and excitement for young readers. As the reader follows the story of the small acts of resistance against the Nazi occupiers, the imagining of the trials and despair of the war become possible, yet the brutality is kept at a level that allows even a ten-year-old to read the book and emotionally cope. This is an excellent book for introducing World War II studies and for cultivating the understanding that courage is often shown by ordinary people in times of adversity, that creativity and standing together can defeat an enemy. I recommend this book for initial studies of World War II as well as for personal adventure reading.
Format: Paperback
Johanna is visiting Holland at the point World War II starts. Her father and mother are away overseas on a trip, and Johanna stays with her grandparents. Johanna's job is to hide the "Little Ridders' - metal statues that represented young riders who left to the Holy Land and never returned. They symbolized bravery to the people of the town. Finally the liberators land France and come into Holland from the north and the south. After five years of Johanna's stay in Holland, her father who was in the Canadian army, surprised her. I liked the book because it is about history. I also like that Johanna was brave.

Young American Joanne Hunter is stranded in the German-occupied Holland with her Dutch grandparents. The German CO, Captain Kessel begins to wage war on the village's morale, and Joanne's house must quarter another German officer, Lt. Braun, who finds himself torn between his duty and distaste of Kessel's methods. When Kessel threatens the lead statues of 16th-century freedom fighters in the town clock, Joanne and her grandparents rally the villagers to save Kirkendam's "little riders".
Written by Kathy Li