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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 4 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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Trivia

Jada Pinkett and Anne Heche both co-starred later in Return to Paradise. Previously, Anne co-starred with Demi Moore and Lindsey Crouse in The Juror. Also, Anne Heche was in Walking and Talking with Catherine Keener and later she and Rita Wilson were in the remake of Psycho together. See more »

Goofs

In the 1974 segment, one of the kids mentions wanting to watch The Partridge Family (1970), which at that time, aired on Saturday night. However, the kids had been to school that day so it was not a Saturday. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 3 secs to reduce multiple gunshots during the hospital shooting scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Round the Twist: If the Walls Could Talk (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Know
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Sarah Vaughan
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Almost too painful to watch - and that's a good thing
16 August 2003 | by LittleMidgSee all my reviews

If you ever thought a woman's right to choose was an easy one, this will take care of that. Unexpected pregnancy can be from carelessness of course, but it can also be from fallible birth control, boyfriends who lie, and people you were with against your will. This is three distinct movies in one on the same topic of a woman trying to chose to have, or not have, an unexpected baby. Each one is set in a different decade.

I had to turn the volume down and close my eyes at times. Not for gruesomeness but the way you close your eyes when someone is about to hit that awful note in the Star Spangled Banner. You feel the pain of their attempt at something difficult. You don't just watch this movie, you feel it.

Men are not portrayed as multi-dimentional as the women are, but they are not the villian either. They are included yet they can never fully understand. You see the suffering the women go through in their own head, how difficult it is, the wavering in their decisions. They have equal fear of having an abortion, having a baby, and having the people around them know of their predicament.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If These Walls Could Talk See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe) (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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