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If These Walls Could Talk (1996)

The movie examines the abortion issue through three stories set in different eras: 1952, 1974 and 1996.

Directors:

Cher, Nancy Savoca

Writers:

Pamela Wallace (story), Earl W. Wallace (story) | 7 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Claire Donnelly (segment "1952")
Shirley Knight ... Mary Donnelly (segment "1952")
Catherine Keener ... Becky Donnelly (segment "1952")
Jason London ... Kevin Donnelly (segment "1952")
CCH Pounder ... Nurse Jenny Ford (segment "1952")
Kevin Cooney ... Dr. Kramer (segment "1952")
Robin Gammell ... Jim Donnelly (segment "1952")
Phyllis Lyons Phyllis Lyons ... Audrey (segment "1952")
Aaron Lustig ... Tom (segment "1952")
Dena Burton ... Young Nurse (segment "1952")
Marie DeCicco Marie DeCicco ... Nurse Annie Ross (segment "1952")
Lorna Scott ... Louise (segment "1952")
Mary Portser ... Margaret (segment "1952")
Annie Weldon Annie Weldon ... Nurse (segment "1952")
Vaughn Armstrong ... Painter (segment "1952")
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Storyline

A trilogy of stories set in the same house, but with different occupants and spanning over 40 years, deals with various women and moral crisis over unexpected pregnancies and their choice of abortion. In 1952, when abortion was illegal, a nurse deals with her unexpected pregnancy and takes drastic measures to get one. In 1974 a family housewife with four children discovers that she's pregnant and decides she can't handle another child to raise. In 1996, a pregnant college student decides on an abortion, but doesn't realize the means to go through to get one. Written by Anonymous

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There's one question only a woman can answer See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for realistic depiction of abortions, a graphic shooting and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gdyby sciany mogly mówic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe) (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film takes place in 1952, 1974 and 1996. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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American Woman
Written by Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale and Gary Peterson
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Moore's segment outstanding
13 January 2004 | by laurseneSee all my reviews

All three of these short films are good, but the first is outstanding, largely because Demi Moore, whose performances I've otherwise never particularly liked, is so excellent. The point that she and Savoca convey - powerfully - is the sheer isolation, 50 years ago, of women who faced unwanted pregnancies. Moore spends most of the film, it seems, sitting alone in an empty house. Otherwise, she's enduring the company of her late husband's family, who see her only as their boy's widow, not as a human being. It's a frightening story that exerts a very strong empathetic pull.

The dialog is spare; Savoca relies on Moore's face and body language to convey her terror, aloneness and feeling that things are closing in on her. There's very little "emoting" here, which makes Moore's character all the more forceful. The result is an exemplary piece of film acting.

Of course, how much do we need in the way of tears and histrionics when we can see Moore attempting the old knitting needle cure, and later dealing with the aftereffects of a ghastly kitchen-table operation? This country's abortion laws created - and maintain effectively, in many places - a sort of hell for pregnant women. Thanks to this film, we can really understand a bit of what it was - and is - like.


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