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Citizen Ruth -- Ruth Stoops is a poor indigent drug-user (a huffer - inhaling glue and paint for a high) whose down and out existence is complicated once more by becoming pregnant (she has had and lost four children already)...
Citizen Ruth -- Laura Dern stars in an award-winning bravura performance backed by a stellar ensemble cast including Burt Reynolds, Mary Kay Place, Swoosie Kurtz, Kelly Preston, Kurtwood Smith, and Tippi Hedren.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Alexander Payne (written by) &
Jim Taylor (written by)
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Release Date:
13 December 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Life, liberty, money and the pursuit of happiness. She's gotta have it. See more »
Plot:
An irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(87 articles)
User Reviews:
Devastatingly, but hilarious view of Choice vs. Life See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Laura Dern ... Ruth Stoops

Swoosie Kurtz ... Diane Siegler

Kurtwood Smith ... Norm Stoney

Mary Kay Place ... Gail Stoney

Kelly Preston ... Rachel

M.C. Gainey ... Harlan

Kenneth Mars ... Dr. Charlie Rollins

David Graf ... Judge Richter

Kathleen Noone ... Nurse Pat

Tippi Hedren ... Jessica Weiss

Burt Reynolds ... Blaine Gibbons
Lance Rome ... Ricky, Ruth's Lover
Jim Kalal ... Tony Stoops
Shea Degan ... Arresting Officer
Vince Morelli ... Dr. George
Marilyn Tipp ... Kathleen
Lois Nemec ... Sandy
Tim Vandeberghe ... Bail Clerk
Sebastian Anzaldo III ... Matthew Stoney

Alicia Witt ... Cheryl Stoney
Mick McDonald ... Party Dude
Okley Gibbs ... Norm's Manager
Roberta Larson ... Briana
Pam Carter ... Fran
Steve Wheeldon ... Kirk
Billie Barnhouse-Diekman ... Concerned Woman
John La Puzza ... Concerned Man
Susan Stern ... Cindy Lindstrom
Jeffrey L. Goos ... News Anchor
James Devney ... Officer Iverson
Tim Driscoll ... Officer Bundy

Caveh Zahedi ... Peter
David Hirsch ... Man #1
Gail Erwin ... Woman
Tony Wike ... Man #2
Sherry Josand Fletcher ... Lobby Woman
Jim Delmont ... Press Conference Reporter
Dennis Grant ... Don Mattox
Will Jamieson ... Surveillance Guy
Jeremy Sczepaniak ... Eric

Delaney Driscoll ... Ruth's 'Sister'
Robert O'Connell ... Biker
Judith Hart ... Sarah Schneider
Joan Pirkle ... Dr. Milton
Lorie Obradovich ... Desk Nurse
Joan Hennecke ... Nurse

Michael Tourek ... Volunteer Hit by Toilet Lid (as Mike Tourek)
Katrina Christensen ... Jolene
John Bell ... Micah

Jeffery Thomas Johnson ... Harlan's Biker Friend (as Jeff Johnson)
Fred Lovelace ... Harlan's Biker Friend
Ed Morehouse ... Harlan's Biker Friend
Jim Reinken ... Harlan's Biker Friend
Wm. J. Billy Bob Muddle III ... Harlan's Biker Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rocky Danners ... Indigent Crackhead (scenes deleted)
Robert Dudley ... Curious Man (uncredited)
Martha Gomez ... Immigrant Woman (uncredited)

Diane Ladd ... Ruth's Mother (uncredited)
Jeff Lewis ... News Anchor (uncredited)
Sherman Monahan ... Pro-life Man (uncredited)

Peg Sheldrick ... Trial observer (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Payne 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alexander Payne (written by) &
Jim Taylor (written by)

Produced by
Cathy Konrad .... producer
Andrew Stone .... co-producer
Cary Woods .... producer
Michael Zimbrich .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
 
Cinematography by
James Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
 
Production Design by
Jane Ann Stewart 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Denker 
 
Costume Design by
Tom McKinley 
 
Makeup Department
Lisa Fahrenkrug .... additional makeup artist
Stacy Heatherly .... additional hair stylist
Stacy Heatherly .... additional makeup artist
Tammy Lema .... additional makeup artist
Marsha Lewis .... hair stylist
Brian McManus .... hair stylist: Mr. Reynolds
Brian McManus .... makeup artist: Mr. Reynolds
Angela Moos .... makeup artist (as Angela Margolis-Moos)
 
Production Management
Scott Cohn .... unit production manager
Pamela Winn-Barnett .... post-production supervisor (as Pamela Winn Barnett)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carla Bowen .... second assistant director
Heather Kritzer .... first assistant director
Jim Taylor .... second unit director
Basti Van Der Woude .... second assistant director
Lynn K. D'Angona .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Clowers .... leadman
Paula Clowers .... swing gang
Fabio Fernandez .... assistant property master
Preston Fisher .... set dresser
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master (as Jeffrey O'Brien)
Dave Peterson .... swing gang
Tracy Thies .... art department coordinator
 
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Ricardo Broadus .... sound effects editor
Greg W. Carlson .... stage engineer
Carrie Cashman .... sound loader (as Carrie Minkler)
Harry Cohen .... sound designer
Paul Curtis .... dialogue assistant
Andrew DeCristofaro .... adr editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
William Dotson .... dialogue editor
Mark Elsebusch .... sound effects editor
David Farmer .... sound effects editor
Tim Gedemer .... sound effects editor
Brian Geer .... foley mixer (as Brian J. Geer)
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Dan Jensen .... dialogue assistant
Jason King .... dialogue editor
Michael Lyle .... foley editor (as Mike Lyle)
Greg Meader .... sound effects editor
Paul Menichini .... sound effects editor
Mike Moser .... sound effects editor (as Michael Moser)
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Jay Patterson .... sound mixer
Thomas Pinney .... boom operator (as Tom Pinney)
Tina Raskin .... adr recordist
Robert Reed .... assistant sound engineer
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Rodriguez .... manager of sound services
Ann Scibelli .... supervising sound effects editor
B. Tennyson Sebastian II .... sound re-recording mixer
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Gary Sula-Goff .... foley assistant
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Jeff Vaughn .... adr recordist
Marty Vites .... dialogue editor
Brandon Walker .... adr editor
Robert Webber .... foley editor
Harry Woolway .... sound effects editor
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Mark Allen .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Jonathan Karp .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Wes Clowers .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunts (as Dean Ferrandini)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Abariotes .... swing electric grip (as Stephen Abariotes)
Andy Anderson .... camera operator: second unit
Dan Auerbach .... additional first assistant camera
Kevin Brennan .... gaffer
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator
Gene Fisher .... dolly grip
Mark Hoffmann .... camera loader (as Mark Hoffman)
Barry Joyce .... grip
David Kerr .... grip
Craig Lagwig .... key grip
Scott Lynam .... swing grip
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip
Michael Meehan .... grip
John D. Moody .... electrician
Robert W. Morgenroth .... video supervisor (as Robert Morgenroth)
Shawn Prouse .... best boy grip
Joe Sanchez .... first assistant camera
James Weyerman .... electrician (as James 'Buck' Weyerman)
Paul Wiley .... best boy electric
Steve Wolpa .... second assistant camera
Kimberly Wright .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
John Jackson .... casting: Omaha
Karen Meisels .... casting assistant
Rebecca C. Crespi .... casting assistant (uncredited)
B.J. Tobin .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Gibbons .... swing wardrobe
Miriam Hoffman-Durand .... wardrobe supervisor (as Miriam Hoffman)
Robyn Munger .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Damienne Caron .... editing intern
Tom Dailey .... assistant editor
David Hamme .... colorist
Barney Limo .... second assistant editor
Ron Radvinsky .... third assistant editor
Susan K. Weiler .... apprentice editor (as Susan Weiler)
Jim Williams .... color timer
Barbara Riley .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tony Blondal .... conductor
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Eddie King .... music mixer
Eddie King .... music recordist
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor
Sid Page .... concert master
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Kerry Wikstrom .... additional orchestrator (as Carry Wikstrom)
 
Transportation Department
Joe V. Blumbaugh .... driver
John 'Bubba' Branch .... driver
Gary Brotherton .... driver
Angie Carraher .... driver
Floyd Erwin .... driver
Sherri Foust .... driver
Lee Fowler .... driver: honeywagon
Roy Hancock .... driver
Kenneth Hansen .... driver
Jerry Jackson .... transportation consultant
Donald Jones .... driver
Keith Kelly .... driver
John Lybrand .... transportation captain
Barney McCoy .... driver
James B. Nance .... driver
Justin Nance .... driver
John Rice Sr. .... transportation coordinator
Billy Scoles .... driver
William Smallwood .... driver: production van
Matt Swanson .... driver
Paul Vecchio .... driver
Doug Weaver .... transportation co-captain
Timothy Williams .... driver
Charlie Wright .... driver
 
Other crew
John Bates .... stage projectionist
Richard Bernt .... stand-in
Sarah Buchanan .... stand-in
Nick Caguioa .... craft service
Jolana Carlson .... set teacher
Kaylene Carlson .... assistant production coordinator
Eileen Church .... stand-in
Colleen Cole .... production coordinator
Catherine Cronin .... body double & stand-in
J. Travis Fox .... production assistant
Jim Foyt .... projectionist
Lisa Hatch .... production office assistant
Suzanne Kennedy .... script supervisor
Kelly Klosterman .... stand-in
Seth Kotok .... production office assistant
Michael Krainak .... production assistant (as Michael J. Krainak III)
John Latenser V .... location manager (as John Latenser)
Jason A. Levine .... runner
Heather Martin .... medic
Megan McDonald .... assistant: Mr. Woods
Mo Milligan .... assistant: Ms. Konrad
Gina Mingacci .... assistant: Ms. Konrad
Randa Rai Slack .... script supervisor
Juan Ramirez .... caterer: Mario's Catering
Laurie Richards .... location manager
Thomas Schuckman .... location manager (as Thomas Shuckman)
Lizzie Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. Woods
Robert Sharman .... video coordinator
Kaile Shilling .... assistant: Mr. Payne
Debbie Tyler .... craft service
Ron Wechsler .... assistant: Mr. Woods
Tim Williams .... animal trainer: Jungle Exotics
Mark Wolf .... caterer: Mario's Catering
Matt Yarowsky .... assistant production accountant
Victoria Vaus .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John C. Barnhart .... thanks
Hal Daub .... thanks: City of Omaha (as Mayor Hal Daub)
Julie Ginsburg .... thanks
Tom Hanafin .... thanks: City of Council Bluffs (as Mayor Tom Hanafin)
Louise Miller .... thanks (as 'Grandma' Louise Miller)
Thomas Schuckman .... in memoriam
Kathy Sheppard .... thanks
Jodi Becker Vinci .... thanks (as Jody Becker Vinci)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Precious" - USA (review title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for substance abuse, strong language and a sex scene
Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (FotoKem)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "ASK ME" pin worn by Kurtwood Smith in the hardware store shows up again in Alexander Payne's following film, Election (1999).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Ruth is going out to party with her host family's daughter, she takes a hit from a bong, but does so incorrectly, not clearing the smoke from the chamber.See more »
Quotes:
Ruth:I don't wanna go back to jail again. Least not for more than a week or two.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Citizen Kane (1941)See more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Devastatingly, but hilarious view of Choice vs. Life, 6 October 2001
Author: frabjous from Reno, NV

Laura Dern gives what should have been an oscar-winning performance in this satire of the abortion controversy. However this movie is not for the main stream. She plays a homeless drug user and a user period. Not a nice person. She has four kids in three different places. The first scene depicts her trying to hit up her ex for money displaying only a token concern for her kids. But by the end of the movie you kinda like her (well, almost... you still would never let her come to your house). Anyway when she is picked up for the 16th time that year by the cops for sniffing household stuff (anything she can find: glue, paint, brake fluid...), the authorities find out that she is pregnant. The DA charges her with criminal endangerment of the fetus, but hints that if she has an abortion the charge will go away. While in the city jail she meets up with the Baby Savers and a tug-of-war ensues between them and the Right-To-Choose people. The portrayal of both sides is so devastatingly accurate that I doubt either side would know they're being lampooned. This movie rates with Cold Turkey and Drop Dead Gorgeous for its cynical, but hilarious portrait of American Life.

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