Set early during World War II, the film has a lot to say about love, honor, relationships, commitment and power. Keeping their promise to their dying black housekeeper, a white family takes in her teenage mentally-slow son. The movie details the joys and conflicts the family faces as a result of their decision.

  1. Robert Inman


  2. Arthur Allan Seidelman


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  1. James Woods

    James Woods

    Temple Rayburn

  2. Elizabeth McGovern

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Celia Rayburn

  3. Len Cariou

    Len Cariou

    Spencer Maitland

  4. Julia McIlvaine

    Nell Rayburn

  5. Kevin Isola

    Junius Maitland

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Status Released

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  • December 15, 1996


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 50m

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