The American Experience: Season 10, Episode 8

A Midwife's Tale (19 Jan. 1998)

TV Episode  |   |  Documentary, History
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 62 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 2 critic

A docudrama adaptation of Ulrich's Pulitzer-winning book, which was based on thousands of entries in the journal of Martha Ballard, a Maine midwife, in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (book) (as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 42 titles
created 01 May 2012
 
a list of 1016 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "A Midwife's Tale" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Midwife's Tale (19 Jan 1998)

A Midwife's Tale (19 Jan 1998) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The American Experience.
« Previous Episode | 113 of 318 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode credited cast:
Ron Tough ...
Ephraim Ballard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Anderson
...
Sam Hardin
Jim Belding
Wallace Brown
Darrel Butler
John Harold Cail ...
(as John Cail)
Paula Dawson
Sarah Evans
Alyson Green
Guy Grenier
Susan Hayward
J. Hunter ...
(as Joel Hunter)
Edit

Storyline

A docudrama adaptation of Ulrich's Pulitzer-winning book, which was based on thousands of entries in the journal of Martha Ballard, a Maine midwife, in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The movie intercuts between reenactments of Ballard doing her Maine midwifery and related tasks, and Ulrich in her eight years of research on her book; in the end, clear comparisons are made between the work of the two women. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 January 1998 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Must-See For Students of American History
5 August 2001 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

Martha Ballard was a real American housewife and mother in the early days of our country. She was also a midwife who delivered hundreds of babies into the new world well into her old age. The hearty, rough-hewn character actress Kaulani Lee plays her to perfection, reminiscent of Anne Revere in "The Song of Bernadette". As her journal is played out, we see her children grow and marry, and get into trouble (along with their father) as the country struggles with democracy. Using authentic locales, props, & costumes, the filmmakers deliver a strong sense of the realities in living 200 years ago. This would make a good movie for Mother's Day or the 4th of July paired with "Drums Along the Mohawk" or "The Grapes of Wrath".


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When will we see a film about that remarkable hero, Ida B Wells? Swing-lo
This years intro... ag-wktn
When are they going to make a movie on this? bette1981
The Satellite Sky craviola880
JFK powersroc
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - THE QUIZ SHOW SCANDAL rob1961
Discuss A Midwife's Tale (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?