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October Baby (2011)

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A college freshman's world is rocked when she learns she is the adopted survivor of a failed abortion.




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As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah-unscripted-collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted ... after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past ... and find hope for her unknown future. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah learns that every life is beautiful. Written by Jon Erwin

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Every Life Is Beautiful



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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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12 April 2013 (Spain)  »

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Дитя октября  »

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$102,096 (USA) (28 October 2011)


$5,355,847 (USA) (8 June 2012)

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Inspired by the true story of Gianna Jessen, who survived a saline abortion in California in 1977. See more »


When Jason is packing his clothes in the hotel before leaving New Orleans, he is speaking to Alana, and the same shot is shown twice of him picking up a pile of clothes that includes a red, gray and white striped shirt. He picks the pile up, puts it in his bag, another angle is shown and then he is shown picking up the exact same pile from the same spot and putting it in his bag again. See more »


Hannah: I feel dead inside.
Hannah: No something worse than death.
Hannah: I am still a child, a child trying to find a place on this world.
Hannah: I have so many unanswered questions, questions I feel but can't even begin to speak because there are no words to express them.
Hannah: Something is missing.
Hannah: Why do I feel unwanted?
Hannah: Why do I feel I have no right to exist?
Hannah: Why do I spend more time wanting to end my life than live it?
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Over the closing credits, actress Shari Rigby (who played birth mother Cindy Hastings) shared the trauma she felt after aborting her child, not unlike the way her character behaved, and how she finally felt God's forgiveness while playing this role. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Moms' Night Out (2014) See more »


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well-made, heartwarming, life-changing
23 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am so glad we went to see this movie last night. I have no personal history with either abortion or adoption, and this movie let me see into the real world of both of these experiences. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The acting was phenomenal. I loved seeing familiar faces from back in the day - Bo Duke from Dukes of Hazzard and Whitley from It's a Different World. Chris Sligh from American Idol was really funny; my husband and I were laughing out loud. Who knew he had an amazing voice and could act so well too? I personally would not take my children to see this movie, but it would be appropriate for anyone older than 12, in my opinion. I wish they would make more movies like this one in Hollywood. Finally something different from the usual story lines. It's refreshing! I will definitely be buying this movie when it comes out on DVD. It's life-changing. It reminded me to appreciate my parents and family.

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