Hard Promises (1992 film)

Hard Promises

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Davidson
Produced by Cynthia Chvatal
Written by Jule Selbo
Starring Sissy Spacek
William Petersen
Mare Winningham
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak
Edited by Kimberly Domínguez
Bonnie Koehler
High Horse Films
Stone Group Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 31, 1992 (1992-01-31) (U.S.)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $306,319 (USA)

Hard Promises is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Martin Davidson. It stars Sissy Spacek and William Petersen.


A man who dislikes stable work environments has been away for too many years when he finds out that his wife had divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying to convince her not to get married, aided by their daughter, who loves him despite his wandering ways. The couple finds out they still have feelings for each other but must decide how best to handle the contradiction of their lifestyles.


Actor Role
Sissy Spacek Christine Ann Coalter
William Petersen Joey
Brian Kerwin Walt
Mare Winningham Dawn
Olivia Burnette Beth
Peter MacNicol Stuart
Jeff Perry Pinky
Ann Wedgeworth Chris' mom
Amy Wright Shelly
Lois Smith Mrs. Bell

Critical reception

Vincent Canby of The New York Times did not care for the film but did praise some of the actors:

Hard Promises is a barren little comedy that means to be romantic... For Hard Promises to be half as much fun as it intends to be, Joey should be a thoroughly likable scamp. For reasons that may be due to Jule Selbo's screenplay, Martin Davidson's direction or something in Mr. Petersen's screen personality, Joey is not the dreamboat the movie requires. He's a bore... The movie offers a lot of running gags that walk very slowly, and small roles to a number of very good actors, including Mare Winningham, Peter MacNicol, Lois Smith, Ann Wedgeworth and Amy Wright.[1]


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