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October Baby (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 April 2013 (Spain)
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A college freshman's world is rocked when she learns she is the adopted survivor of a failed abortion.

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Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Hendrix ... Hannah
Jason Burkey ... Jason
John Schneider ... Jacob
Jennifer Price ... Grace
Colleen Trusler ... Alanna
James Austin Johnson James Austin Johnson ... Truman (as Austin Johnson)
Amisho Lewis Amisho Lewis ... Drama Coach
Mary Tolley Mary Tolley ... Julia Armen (as Mary Wheeler)
Corey Winston ... Hospital Attendant (as Cory Winston)
Lance E. Nichols ... Dr. Stewart (as Lance Nichols)
Rhett Hendrix Rhett Hendrix ... Library Guy
Chris Sligh ... Bmac
Joy Brunson ... Danielle
Diego Montiel Diego Montiel ... Diego
Robert Amaya ... Beach Cop
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Storyline

As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah-unscripted-collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted ... after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her long-time friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past ... and find hope for her unknown future. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah learns that every life is beautiful. Written by Jon Erwin

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Life Is Beautiful

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2013 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bebê de Outubro See more »

Filming Locations:

Helena, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,096, 30 October 2011

Gross USA:

$5,357,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,396,618
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The abortion that Hannah and her brother survived is based on a 1991 case in New York City, in which Dr. Abu Hayat removed the arm from a fetus, then sent the mother home with instructions to return the next day to have the procedure completed. The mother went into labor and delivered her living, maimed infant in a hospital. See more »

Goofs

When Jason is packing his clothes in the hotel before leaving New Orleans, he is speaking to Alanna, and the same shot is shown twice of him picking up a pile of clothes that includes a red, gray and white striped shirt. He picks the pile up, puts it in his bag, another angle is shown and then he is shown picking up the exact same pile from the same spot and putting it in his bag again. See more »

Quotes

Hannah: I feel dead inside.
Hannah: No something worse than death.
Hannah: I am still a child, a child trying to find a place on this world.
Hannah: I have so many unanswered questions, questions I feel but can't even begin to speak because there are no words to express them.
Hannah: Something is missing.
Hannah: Why do I feel unwanted?
Hannah: Why do I feel I have no right to exist?
Hannah: Why do I spend more time wanting to end my life than live it?
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Crazy Credits

Over the closing credits, actress Shari Rigby (who played birth mother Cindy Hastings) shared the trauma she felt after aborting her child, not unlike the way her character behaved, and how she finally felt God's forgiveness while playing this role. See more »


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Willow Tree
Written by Chris Sligh
Performed by Chris Sligh
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Rachel Hendrix is a star
21 February 2013 | by estebangonzalez10See all my reviews

¨I have so many unanswered questions, questions I feel but can't even begin to speak because there are no words to express them.¨

October Baby is a Christian faith based film about the power of forgiveness. Despite the fact that many consider this to be a pro-life film, the message is rather a different one. It's not judgmental in any way, and takes a much lighter approach. The film focuses on a teenage girl and her struggle to find answers as to why she feels rejected. October Baby has the classic sermonizing moment near the end of the film that all Christian based moves have, and that may lead people to criticize this film, but it does get a graceful message across without being judgmental. Despite being preachy and melodramatic it has an interesting story and a strong performance from first timer Rachel Hendrix. She is beautiful, talented, and has the looks of a star if she can get over the Kristen Stewart lip biting thing. I don't tend to criticize movies based on their values, I do it based on the artistic approach and I think this film succeeds as a decent teen romantic drama. Some people may criticize this simply because they don't agree with its overall message, and others perhaps might find this film a little too amateur for their taste. Despite the clichés there are several funny and touching scenes delivered strongly by this relatively unknown cast. October Baby was co-directed and written by Andrew and Jon Erwin with some beautiful scenes trying to convey their message about the beauty of life. Despite all the melodrama the film does ring true at times considering we all remember how dramatic our life was when we were teenagers and were searching for the meaning of life. There is turmoil and strong emotions going on that now that we are much older and mature know how to deal with it differently.

The film focuses on Hannah (Rachel Hendrix), a nineteen year old girl suffering from seizures and asthma attacks. During a drama performance in school she passes out and awakens in the hospital where the doctors tell her that her illness has to do with her difficult birth. Here she discovers that her parents, Jacob (John Schneider) and Grace (Jennifer Price), aren't really her birth parents and that she was adopted by them after her young mother had a failed abortion attempt. Hannah is upset that her parents never told her the truth and decides to go on a road trip to see if she can contact her real mother. She enlists the help of her best friend Jason (Jason Burkey) and together with some other classmates they embark on a road trip. Hannah ends up making some revealing discoveries along the way that impact and change her life forever. Could her life have meaning despite all the terrible details about her birth? There is still beauty in the midst of brokenness and the only way to reach it is by letting go and forgiving.

Despite the terrible reviews this film has received from critics it still has a better rottentomato score than most other films in theaters right now (Hansel and Gretel, Identity Theft, Safe Haven, and the new Die Hard film) and it was much cheaper to produce. Audiences seem to enjoy this film however and I can see why since the message is uplifting. The film does look like a music video at times with the soundtrack paraphrasing the story at times and the beautiful scenery in the background. Chris Sligh has a couple of songs in the film and he also has a supporting role as the driver in the friendly road trip. The film can feel like a Lifetime movie at times, but Rachel Hendrix 's performance stands out and lifts this movie to a higher ground. Her chemistry with Jason Burkey felt authentic and the romanticism never felt sappy. This is a feel good movie that despite being preachy never feels like if the directors are trying to force their faith on the viewers. They are simply sending out a message about the beauty of life and the power of forgiveness. I honestly enjoyed this movie and would watch it again. This is a family friendly film.

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