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Roe vs. Wade (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  15 May 1989 (USA)
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Holly Hunter plays a lonely, single, poorly educated Texan who finds herself pregnant with no means to support a child. To avoid giving up the child, she seeks an abortion. Denied an ... See full summary »

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Holly Hunter plays a lonely, single, poorly educated Texan who finds herself pregnant with no means to support a child. To avoid giving up the child, she seeks an abortion. Denied an abortion in Texas the young woman hires a novice lawyer to plead her case in the US supreme court. Eventually the law is changed, but for the character it takes longer than nine months. The abortion debate is still raging today in many countries.The abortion debate does not try to demoralize viewers, instead it looks at the issues such as who come first,the baby or the mother ? Great film for use in the classroom for abortion discussion. Written by L. Zitter

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Abortion. The most divisive moral issue facing Americans today.

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4 August 2005 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

"Roe Vs. Wade" could have been so much better. It's OK, but the script needed work. Holly Hunter plays Ellen. She gets pregnant and wants to have an abortion. There's a problem though: in Texas, abortion is illegal. Ellen is desperate and then she finds out about Sarah Weddington's (Amy Madigan) plans to challenge the law. Terry O'Quinn is the other lawyer opposing her, but he has his own feelings.

Holly Hunter and Terry O'Quinn are excellent. Amy Madigan is stiff and Kathy Bates doesn't do anything. The script goes around in circles.

In the end: They had a great subject and lead actress, but the movie just didn't go the extra mile.

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