After Tiller (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Drama  |  10 January 2014 (UK)
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After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
George Tiller ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. George Tiller)
Warren Hern ...
Himself (as Dr. Warren Hern)
Leroy Carhart ...
Himself (as Dr. LeRoy Carhart)
Susan Robinson ...
Herself (as Dr. Susan Robinson)
Shelly Sella ...
Herself (as Dr. Shelly Sella)
Edna Hern ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Belt ...
Himself (City Council member) (archive footage)
Lynne Branigan ...
Herself (City Council member) (archive footage)
Jon Bruning ...
Himself (Nebraska Attorney General) (archive footage) (as John Bruning)
Melissa Head ...
Herself (City Council member) (archive footage)
Herself (on Rachel Maddow Show) (archive footage)
Rob McCartney ...
Himself (local news anchor) (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Brandi Petersen ...
Herself (local news anchor) (archive footage)
Todd Stave ...
Himself (as Todd Staver)


After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves between the rapidly unfolding stories of these doctors, all of whom were close colleagues of Dr. Tiller, and are fighting to keep this service available in the wake of his death. These four people have become the new number-one targets of the pro-life movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients' lives. AFTER TILLER shows them confronting harassment from protesters, challenges in their personal lives, and a series of tough ethical decisions. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving abortion, and brief strong language


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10 January 2014 (UK)  »

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$10,000 (USA) (4 October 2013)


$66,300 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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The best documentary I've ever seen.
9 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First and foremost: Don't confuse a review of this film with a review of the practices involved. (I've seen at least one negative review of this film that was clearly by someone who had not seen the film, but wished only to voice an opinion about the general subject matter).

See this film. Pro-choice, pro-life, undecided? Doesn't matter. See this film. It will only help you to better the subject.

This film is the best documentary I've seen. I don't mean just because the content is amazing, of course, but the quality of the portrayal is also almost shockingly good. A number of the filming techniques did an *extremely* effective job of letting us see insides the minds and hearts of both doctors *and* patients.

In a topic as emotionally charged as what this film covers, it's easy to get caught up in the subject as "abstract." This film helps us to see the real impact and effects these people - and practices - have. It's not always pretty, and it can be very difficult to watch, but I feel significantly more connected to the whole subject now.

Yes, the film leans in some ways toward "pro-choice," but it in fact makes some very clear points about just how difficult that choice is. I won't spoil it, but the most intense moment of the film for me happened right there. And the film doesn't vilify the pro-life people - they're ever-present, as in real life, but they are portrayed honestly as well. It's clear they are as passionate as the doctors.

This is just, overall, a very brutally honest film.

I had the good fortune to see this in a small theater, and one of the directors did a video-chat with the theater as a Q & A. That was a nice touch, but my 10/10 review was cinched the moment the film ended.

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