Watch Promised Land
- 1 hr 42 min
Promised Land is a 1988 dramatic film directed by Michael Hoffman, who also wrote the screenplay. The story follows the stories of four characters who have returned to the town they grew up in with disappointments and unfulfilled dreams. Two of the characters are high school sweethearts who have begun to grow distant in the years following graduation, as they transition into the real world and face hard realities. Hancock was the star of his high school basketball team. Hancock won a college athletic scholarship, but he lost the scholarship to a better player soon after he started school. Hancock has to drop out of school and move back home because he is unable to continue his education solely on his academic merit. His girlfriend, Mary, on the other hand, is very successful in school. Hancock is troubled by Mary's successful life overshadowing his own life, which has become mediocre. The other two characters, Danny and Bev, met in college and got married. Danny's nickname in high school was the Senator, and everyone expected him to do great things with his life. Danny's world is upset when he returns home and finds out that his father is dying. Shaken by the news, Danny acts out of character when Bev insults him at a bar and dares him to prove his manhood. Danny decides to prove his manhood by holding up a convenience store in an armed robbery. It is here that the four characters meet, and all of their lives change in one fatal scene. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Danny, Meg Ryan as Bev, Tracy Pollan as Mary, and Jason Gedrick as Hancock. The script for Promised Land is based on a true story. The themes of class and manhood were used to critique the culture of America during the Reagan Administration. Robert Redford was one of the two executive producers.