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Rain Without Thunder (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 5 February 1993 (USA)
It's the year 2042 and the threat is real...women are going to prison for terminating their pregnancies. An investigating reporter is determined to reveal the truth behind the convictions.


Gary O. Bennett


Gary O. Bennett

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Buckley ... Beverly Goldring
Carolyn McCormick ... Reporter
Iona Morris ... Andrea Murdoch
Steve Zahn ... Jeremy Tanner
Jeff Daniels ... Jonathan Garson
Ali Thomas Ali Thomas ... Allison Goldring
Stuart Burney ... Spencer Goldring
Eliza Clark ... Piper Goldring
Heather Lilly Heather Lilly ... Micka Goldring
Alyssa R. Bennett ... Author Max Sinclair (as Alyssa Rallo Bennett)
Helen Lloyd Breed Helen Lloyd Breed ... Alice Kappelhoff
Katy Selverstone ... Abra Russell (as Katherine Selverstone)
Frederic Forrest ... Walker Point Warden
Charles E. Gerber Charles E. Gerber ... Grover Cole
Bahni Turpin ... 'Baby Bomb' Prisoner


It's the year 2042 and the threat is real...women are going to prison for terminating their pregnancies. An investigating reporter is determined to reveal the truth behind the convictions.

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Drama | Sci-Fi




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Release Date:

5 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eső mennydörgés nélkül See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,478, 7 February 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Steve Zahn's film debut. See more »

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet avoid confrontation, are people who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its waters - Frederick Douglass See more »

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The Beat of Black Wings
24 March 2012 | by valis1949See all my reviews

RAIN WITHOUT THUNDER (dir. Gary Bennett) The title of the film refers to a quote by Frederick Douglass in which he postulates that to retain freedom without a certain degree of vigilance is like 'rain without thunder'. The Abortion Dilemma is the controversial subject of this rather stolid film. The movie is set in the year 2042, and employs an interview structure in which various 'talking heads' are given time to explore their points of view, and there is no 'action' in the usual sense of the term. We learn through the interviews that in this future, Women's Rights have been seriously eroded, and a tenacious female district attorney is able to apply a new law which allows the mother to be prosecuted for 'kidnapping' the fetus after she has obtained an abortion. However, It would seem to me that if Abortion was so aberrant in this future time, then it would be treated as 'Murder', and the mother would be tried and executed for a capital crime. Although the film touches on numerous interesting points, the lame presentation makes the film almost painful to watch.

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