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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 »

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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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Holds the record as HBO's highest-rated original movie. 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

Followed by If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) See more »

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One By One
Written by Tony Griffiths
Performed by Cher
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Powerful, Poignant and Passionate
18 March 2004 | by PeachHamBeachSee all my reviews

I love this film because it tackles the issue from both internal and external places. Arguments are presented without bias, no matter what some may say. My dad even thought this was a Pro-Life film. I clearly disagree with him and believe it's got lots of Pro-Choice leanings. Demi Moore playing a nurse who is totally alone with an unplanned pregnancy was excellent. Her fear and aloneness in the not so fabulous '50s was so beautifully represented. And it's like the other comment said, her "family" treated her more like an extension of their dead son than like an individual person. I'd rather have no family at all than one like that. Sissy Spacek represented a choice, in a decade where choices were allowed. She had it so much easier than Demi Moore's character, yet her struggle and ultimate decision were just as hard in a lot of ways, maybe even harder. Anne Heche and Cher play two women who are up against Pro-Lifers who "love babies". It reminds me of a bumper sticker I once saw: "I love babies...born and unborn." Okay, great, but too many people who love babies actually hate KIDS. Once the child is no longer bald, pink and small, this passionate "love" turns into hatred and abuse of the worst kind. I know, I've seen it and I've lived it. Truly the most nerve jangling moment is at the very end of the film. Matthew Lillard is terrific as a psycho!!!

I give this film an A+++++


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