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Choices (1986)

A 19 year old girl suddenly finds herself pregnant. Not wanting to face motherhood or dealing with the consequences of a child, she contemplates an abortion without the knowledge of her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Evan Granger
... Marisa Granger
... Terry Granger
Laurie Kennedy ... Ellen
... Scott
Nancy Allison ... Norma
Daliah Novak ... Janet (as Daliah Bache)
... Dana (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Nicholas A. Bourdon ... Aaron
Catherine Colney ... Clinic Woman
... Caterer (as Richard Dumont)
... Clinic Staffer
Barbara Jones ... Receptionist (as Barbara Ann Jones)
Terrence Labrosse ... Dr. Williams
Mitch Martin ... Young Woman
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A 19 year old girl suddenly finds herself pregnant. Not wanting to face motherhood or dealing with the consequences of a child, she contemplates an abortion without the knowledge of her boyfriend. However, her father, a retired 62 year old judge discovers her situation and is strongly opposed to abortion in principle. However, he soon finds he has to re-examine his own beliefs as his younger 38 year old second wife suddenly announces she is also pregnant. The two, when first married, agreed that there would be no additional children. This accidental pregnancy is unacceptable to the older man who cannot see him being involved in a young child's life. In the end, all three must make choices. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Feminism, abortion pros and cons, right to life lectures, and Melissa Gilbert dancing...dancing...
13 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Snotty rich kid in New York City, the daughter of a recently-retired judge who has married for the second time, is busy failing her courses at college and bickering with her boyfriend over commitment issues when she discovers she's five weeks pregnant. Actually, we find out before she does: in the movie's first few minutes, Melissa Gilbert is alternately starving and throwing up at her father's fancy get-together (alert! plot predicament ahead!). She doesn't want to tell Dad her secret--who doesn't buy into the whole abortion argument--though she does confide in her 38-year-old stepmother, a supporter of a woman's right to choose (and who soon finds she's expecting as well!). Tacky TV-movie is full of gaffes and poor editing decisions, not to mention a trio of stars (George C. Scott, Jacqueline Bisset, and Gilbert) who never seem comfortably cast in their roles. Gilbert takes a waitressing job at the "American Rock Cafe"--featuring Beatles dolls in the lobby!--simply as an excuse to pad the movie with teenagers and blaring music (and, later, shots of Gilbert getting down on the dance floor). Later we see our heroine go back to a boy's apartment and fall back seductively on his bed (alert! she's asking for more trouble!) before suddenly gaining a conscience and splitting. No one in the film seems very smart in their arguments, and the sidesteps writer Judith Parker takes in trying to explain how two modern women can get unexpectedly pregnant in this era of birth control is idiotic. "Choices" wants to explore all sides of a controversial topic but, in using unappealing people as voice-boxes, it never gets out of the gate.


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