"PROMISE," 9-11 p.m. Sunday (2)(8) (Illustrated on cover)--What a sweet, tender, deeply affecting story this CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production is.
The promise refers to a vow Bob (James Garner) made to his mother when he was 21 that he would always look after his emotionally disturbed younger brother D. J. (James Woods). The vow comes back to haunt him, though, when the old woman dies many years later and Bob is faced with the depressing prospect of caring for "a crazy man who I haven't seen more than 10 times in the last 30 years."
Written by Richard Friedenberg and directed by Glenn Jordan, "Promise" features actors who don't seem to be acting--Garner and Woods as the two brothers and Piper Laurie sparkling in a supporting role as Bob's old flame.
The unlikely pairing of Garner and Woods produces some memorable scenes, as the two brothers slowly and painfully manage to narrow the distance between them.