The Pledge

Synopsis: The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard: clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blond daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Sean Penn
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

She said it.

She said it.

She did.

- with some precipitation

in the Central Valley.

Reno area, a little milder.

Looking like a low 37 degrees...

...and a high at 42.

The low-pressure system

continues into the Sierras.

We've got some snow flurries at times

down at about 5000 feet.

We'll see some hazy sunshine

in the morning.

Yo, Mick.

Yeah, okay.

Thank you.

- Good morning.

- Jerry.

- There you are.

- Morning.

Plug that fridge back in.

I thought it was going with you.

I put everything in boxes.

Everything except your pictures.

Every time I pack pictures, something

gets broken and I get blamed.

So you can do that yourself.

Don't forget lunch

with the lieutenant.


- It's at-

- It's at 1:

- At the Luau.

It's at 1:
30 at the Luau.

Thank you, Jean.

I'm out here if you need me.

Driver of the yellow car, Reno police.

No more parking on the street today.

Move it.

Come on, Stan, you're late.


Congratulations, Jerry.

- I saw you parking on the street.

- You saw that?

Hey, Larry. You outlasted me.

Hey, thanks for coming.

- Good to see you. Thanks.

- Congratulations.

Isn't that smart?

Thank you. Thank you.

Knowing you like we do, Jerry...

...we thought it was time

you got that marlin... been dreaming about

for all these years.

So the whole department,

officers, staff...

...volunteers, everybody,

we all pooled our nickels together...

...and got you this ticket.

It's supposed to be the best

marlin fishing in Baja.

So go catch a big one for us, Jer.



Appreciation all around.

What can I say? You shouldn't have.

But you did...

...and it hits me deep.

Thank you.

I'm going back to the station.

Get Becker County on the phone.

- You should go on.

- It'll be dark when we get there.


What's up?

- Juvenile homicide.

- Becker County.

Possible sexual assault. Little girl.

The locals aren't handling it?

Our hard-core crime unit

assists that jurisdiction now.

Jerry, for chrissake,

you're retiring.

I still got six more hours.

As far as I'm concerned, you're gone.

It's Krolack's case.

- He's in charge, his call.

- It's fine with me.

- If you want to leave your own party.

- My coat's upstairs.

Good evening.

Elena Ryan, just outside of Reno.

Behind, you have the crime scene...

...where the body of a young girl

has just been found.

And we have emergency vehicles

coming in and out of here.

We have state troopers,

we have Reno police.

Bruising and lacerations evident

on the interior of both thighs.

Bruising and possible wrist

fractures due to restraints.

Neck slashed.

Did you get her age in there?

She was a second-grader.

I guess about 71/2, 8.

Coupled with signs of lividity...

...all indications are she wasn't

moved from place of death.

We checked the entire perimeter.

Even with the snow,

this path's the only way in or out.

- Why the f*** are you standing on it?

- Oh, I'm sorry.

- and other weather-related


Whose f***ing pen is this?

Oh, Jesus, that's-

It's mine. Pardon me.

Any sign of a weapon?

No, but, I mean, a knife like that,

you could chuck it pretty far.

- Assuming it was a knife.

- How long before you can wrap this up?

Couple more minutes.

I'll let the coroner know

he can pick her up.

The buttons.

Have the lab guys

check for prints on the buttons...

...on both the coat and the dress.

Goddamn it.

Strom, secure all the buttons

for lab work...

...before you move her out.

- Guys, get the buttons.

- Let's go, big guy.

What about the little girl's parents?

Duane and Margaret Larsen.

They got a turkey farm

- Good people.

- Go ahead and pick her up now!

- Have you interviewed them?

- No.

We haven't told them yet.

None of us knew what to say!

Jesus Christ.

Nobody told the little girl's parents.

- Is this the little boy right here?

- Yeah.

Evening, son.

Chilly out here, isn't it?

Take him to your station.

I'll talk to him there.

- Right.

- Anything on the suspect or his truck?

Hang on.

Highway Patrol got anything?

Todd said he put it out there.

It's out statewide,

and I got Highway Patrol on it.


Now, who's gonna tell the parents?

Does anybody here know them?

I got one of my deputies,

but he'd rather not.

He'd rather not.

Most Wednesdays,

Ginny stays in town...

...for music lessons with my mother.

But when she's behind

on her homework...

...she comes straight home.

So her grandmother would've

assumed that she came home?

We always let Ginny....


Excuse me.

- Pastor Holcomb's on his way over.

- Thank you.

Would you mind not smoking

in the house, please?


It isn't possible.

There can't be such a devil.

There are such devils.

I want to see my daughter.

I don't think that's

a good idea, Mr. Larsen.

I know what I'm saying

might sound cruel...

...but I think it's better

if you don't go to your Ginny now.

Why would it be better for me

not to see my daughter?

Why would that be better?!

Because we hardly dared

to look ourselves.

You can go to your

Ginny tomorrow evening.

Then there won't be

anything that's....

- What?

- She'll look like she fell asleep.

Believe me.

Who did this?

We intend to find out, Mrs. Larsen.

Do you promise me that you will?


Yes, Mrs. Larsen, I promise.

By your soul's salvation?

Do you swear... your soul's salvation

on this cross...

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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