Paul’s Promise takes place in 1967 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Paul Holdenfield (Ryan O’Quinn) works as a firefighter. He has a troubled past, works in a racist environment and is not present for his family. While the movie focuses on the transformation of Paul, most of the story is centered around Paul’s mother, Minnie (Linda Purl).
Minnie is a strong Christian who loves Paul. When she is diagnosed with cancer, you see her struggle with the reality that her work on earth is not done yet. She prays fervently for Paul to go to church and develop a relationship with Christ.
The story focuses on the dynamic of Paul and Minnie while also following what is happening in Paul’s life at the time. Racial tensions are incredibly high in the community. At work, Paul and his wife (Shari Rigby) are struggling, and Paul is also struggling with himself and the man he is versus the man he should be.
Ultimately we see how Paul has a heart transformation in all areas of his life. He repairs relationships with his childhood best friend (Josef Cannon), reestablishes his role in his family, and helps shift the narrative at work. Paul’s Promise is a touching story about a mother’s love and the power of redemption.
We do want to mention a trigger warning for racial and domestic violence in flashback scenes.
This incredible true story teaches us that redemption is possible even in the most unlikely of stories. Paul Holderfield’s heart transformation changed not only his family, but also his community.