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 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.
A remarkable film about the most disturbing subject of all.
Did You Know?
This was the only film that Producer Jerome Hellman ever directed. See more
When Ned Beatty rushes in to put the girl on oxygen during her coughing episode. He opens the valve that controls flow from the tank to the regulator. Once that valve is open even a little the full pressure from the tank is then at the regulator. He kept going back to that valve and turning it. That would do nothing to regulate the flow of oxygen to the patient. He never touched the regulator knob which is the only way to adjust the amount of oxygen getting to the patient. Oxygen flow was not seen in the humidifier (the bottle of water at the end of the regulator). The oxygen tank was probably an empty prop tank. And the sound of oxygen flowing was probably a sound effect. See more
Dr. Alexandra Kendall
You are asking for yes and no answers to essay type questions
CBS edited 19 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL)
Written by James Wirrick
(uncredited) and Sylvester
Performed by Sylvester
Courtesy of Fantasy Records See more