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Writers (WGA):
Ed Kaplan (story) and
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Release Date:
5 April 1993 (USA) See more »
It's either their jobs or their own children. A shocking true story.
A factory worker gets an ultimatum from her employer that she agree to be sterilized or be fired. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Perkins ... Sally Wheeler

Laura San Giacomo ... Jo Mandell

Charles Haid ... Hank

CCH Pounder ... Naomi Brinker

Gary Basaraba ... Roy Wheeler

Kelli Williams ... Erma

Michael O'Neill ... Clark Thompson

David Graf ... Miles

Colleen Camp ... Chris

Glenn Morshower

David Purdham ... Jim Davis
Hannah Eckstein ... Georgia
Jana Arnold ... Marjorie
Trey Ames ... Older Jody

Thomas Kopache ... Doctor Mason

Garette Ratliff Henson ... Younger Jody

Richard Riehle ... Dave Butler
William G. Schilling ... George Buelton
Jessie Jones ... Mrs. Gates

Matthew Glave ... Mike Yates

Lorna Scott ... Young Woman
John Lehne ... Eugene Hansen
Peggy Doyle ... Leona

Hansford Rowe ... Dr. Gordon Barnes
Lawrence Gamble ... McCade Lawyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dana Elcar ... Sally's father (uncredited)
T.W. Reed ... Hank's associate (uncredited)

Directed by
Ed Kaplan 
Writing credits
Ed Kaplan (story) and
Clifford Campion (story)

Ed Kaplan (teleplay)

Produced by
Jon Avnet .... executive producer
C. Tad Devlin .... line producer
Martin Huberty .... co-producer
Jordan Kerner .... executive producer
Phyllis Rossheim .... producer
Original Music by
J.A.C. Redford 
Cinematography by
William Wages 
Film Editing by
Sabrina Plisco  (as Sabrina Plisco-Morris)
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Production Design by
Stephen Storer 
Set Decoration by
Robin Peyton 
Costume Design by
Patricia Wolfe 
Makeup Department
David Atherton .... key special makeup effects
Julie Hewett .... key makeup artist
Candace Wessinger .... hair stylist
Scott Williams .... key hair stylist
Production Management
C. Tad Devlin .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter C. Graupner .... second assistant director
Stephen Lofaro .... first assistant director (as Steve Lofaro)
Peter Merwin .... second second assistant director
Michael Smidt .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Alex Alarcon .... carpenter
Tom Altobello .... assistant property master
Patrik Alven .... assistant props
Brad Brinkman .... carpenter
Hernan Camacho .... art swing gang
Don Cinderella .... set dresser
Jacques DeGroot .... art swing gang
Dana Delfs .... art department assistant
Kate Graham .... scenic artist
Nathan Haas .... construction supervisor
Todd Jared .... carpenter
Guillermo San Jose .... carpenter
David Libow .... construction foreman
Ross Silverman .... art swing gang
Chris Ubick .... property master
Greg Wilson .... painter
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Kirk .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Mazzei .... supervising sound editor
Ed Novick .... production sound mixer
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Sherry .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects
Marian Green .... stunt double
Marian Green .... stunts
Bobbie Timberlake .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Barrett .... key grip
Mike Clayton .... dolly grip
Kevin Connors .... grip
Paul Cowdin .... grip
Skelly Cummings .... grip
Shane Davis .... electrician
Ian Dodd .... first assistant camera
David Dowell .... rigging gaffer
James 'Dunney' Dunn .... camera production assistant
James 'Dunney' Dunn .... video assist operator
Jeff Durling .... best boy electric
Don Geronimo .... grip
Jack M. Guberman .... electrician
Stephen N. Habl .... electrician
Kevin Hahn .... electrician
Charles A. Harris .... best boy grip
Stuart Kiehl .... camera operator: "b" camera
Margaret Lane .... electrician
Jason Matlin .... electrician
Tully McCulloch .... gaffer
Meila Penn .... still photographer
Bradford Reed .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Alexander Salazar .... grip (as Alex Salazar)
Michael Scott .... electrician
Charles M. Smallwood .... grip
Mike Staley .... second assistant camera
Don Telles .... grip
Don Tellis .... grip
Casting Department
Bill Dance .... extras casting
David Giella .... casting associate
Terrence Harris .... extras casting
Lesa Shapiro .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Collini .... on-set costumer
Melinda Eshelman .... on-set costumer
Susan Kistler .... costume supervisor
Susanna Puisto .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
Wayne Hampton .... colorist
Scott Janush .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Leslie A. Morrow .... assistant location manager
Phillips Wylly Jr. .... location manager
Music Department
Michael T. Ryan .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Larry Anderson .... driver
Loren Anderson .... transportation captain
Gary Crawford .... driver
Richard B. Darling .... driver
William Dawson .... driver (as Will Dawson)
Larry Fee .... driver
Kenny Jernberg .... driver
Oliver Owens .... driver
Ken Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Larry Peterson .... driver
Beverly Ann Steffens .... driver
Skip Steffens .... driver
Larry Stelling .... driver
Other crew
Arthur Abelson .... production assistant
Joseph Bauer .... teacher
Miles Ciletti .... set coordinator
Dave Clark .... production assistant
Mick Dalrymple .... assistant production coordinator
Paula M. Endara .... assistant: Mr. Huberty
Bernie Granados .... first aid
Mike Kananack .... production assistant
Nickole Kerner .... assistant: Mr. Kaplan
Valorie Keys .... assistant: Mr. Avnet
Susan Kunkel .... first aid
Kimberly Lively .... assistant craft service
Carrie Lucas .... dance consultant
Kathy Menzies .... assistant: Mr. Kerner
Marilou Miller .... stand-in
Phil Morini .... stand-in
Connie Papineau .... script supervisor
Scott Schofield .... production assistant
Barbara Spitz .... production coordinator
Larry Stelling .... set mechanic
Tim Webber .... production assistant (as Timothy Webber)
Adrienne Woodard .... craft service

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Unbelievable story of abuse by husband and factory., 5 June 2010
Author: headhunter46 from Madison, Wisconsin, USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Abused by her husband, and by the factory where she and several other woman worked with hazardous chemicals Sally was faced with a forced sterilization or lose her job. Jobs were hard to find so it was traumatic to live in fear of losing her livelihood.


Elizabeth Perkins does an excellent job of portraying Sally who is being pressed on all sides simultaneously. She is faced with divorce, losing her only son, and unemployment. All this after submitting to a sterilization that she did not want.

Laura San Giacomo plays the lawyer representing the women from the factory who were coerced into being sterilized and later fired in spite of it all. I actually like her personality even though I have sometimes had issue with the ACLU. In this instance the ACLU comes across as fighting the good fight for people who were wronged by a large corporation.

Sally's husband struck me as the kind of man who was intimidated by his wife working and making as much or more money as him. He would have been content to live with less money and a wife closer to home. Although the first time Sally barfed up blue slime she should have quit the next day. Evidence of what some people will subject themselves to in the hope of a better life. But is having a bit more spending money truly a better life?

There are numerous benefits to be had with a mother who is able to be home. To the credit of women, households just seem to be more orderly and run smoother with a stay at home mom. The women I have known were all much better home makers than I.

This was a good movie. It portrayed several aspects of life, good and bad alike.

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