Promises in the Dark (film)

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Promises in the Dark
Promises in the Dark poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jerome Hellman
Produced by Jerome Hellman
Written by Loring Mandel
Starring Marsha Mason
Ned Beatty
Susan Clark
Michael Brandon
Kathleen Beller
Paul Clemens
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography Adam Holender
Edited by Bob Wyman
Jerome Hellman Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Orion Pictures
Release date
  • November 2, 1979 (1979-11-02)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Promises in the Dark is a 1979 American drama film directed by Jerome Hellman and written by Loring Mandel. The film stars Marsha Mason, Ned Beatty, Susan Clark, Michael Brandon, Kathleen Beller and Paul Clemens. The film was released by Warner Bros. and Orion Pictures on November 2, 1979.[1][2]


Numbed by career demands and a recent divorce, Dr. Alexandra Kendall (Marsha Mason) hides behind a hard shell of professional detachment. Then she treats Buffy Koenig (Kathleen Beller), a dying 17-year-old cancer patient who reawakens Kendall to life's possibilities. Eventually, Buffy's deteriorating forces Dr. Kendall to weigh the consequences of keeping a promise she made to her.


  • Marsha Mason as Dr. Alexandra Kendall
  • Ned Beatty as Bud Koenig
  • Susan Clark as Fran Koenig
  • Michael Brandon as Dr. Jim Sandman
  • Kathleen Beller as Elizabeth (Buffy) Koenig
  • Paul Clemens as Gerry Hulin
  • Donald Moffat as Dr. Walter McInerny
  • Philip Sterling as Dr. Frucht
  • Bonnie Bartlett as Nurse Farber
  • James Noble as Dr. Blankenship
  • Arthur Rosenberg as Emergency Room Doctor
  • Peggy McCay as Miss Pritikin
  • Robert Doran as Alan
  • Lenora May as Sue
  • Alexandra Johnson as Ellie
  • Fran Bennett as Emergency Room Nurse
  • Eloise Hardt as Woman in Restaurant
  • Bernie Kuby as Tony in Bud's Office
  • Karen Anders as Secretary in Bud's Office
  • Edith Fields as Mrs. Gans
  • Alice Beardsley as Mrs. Keyes


  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (1979-11-02). "Movie Review - Promises in the Dark - Screen: 'Promises In the Dark' Opens:Illness as Disaster". Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Promises In The Dark (1979) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-04-25. 

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