Promises in the Dark (1979)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Medical Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 2, 1979 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This is a tragic tale of the slow degeneration of a cancer patient that is filled with pathos and sorrow. Buffy Koenig (Kathleen Beller) is terminally ill with cancer and for the two-hour running time, she goes through several surgical procedures, suffers all the devastating side effects of chemotherapy, and gets unrelentingly worse. Her doctor (Marsha Mason) has a certain amount of conflict herself, but that is nothing compared to the young patient's distraught parents (Ned Beatty and Susan Clark) or her grief-stricken boyfriend (Paul Clemens).

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cancer, courage, death, disease, doctor/nurse, emotion, family, friendship, help, hospital, teenagers, terminal-illness