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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.

Directors:

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

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Every Life Is Beautiful

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Drama

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

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Trivia

There was no Mobile General Hospital in 1991. Mobile City Hospital was also known as "Old Mobile General Hospital" and was only in operation from 1831 to 1966. A new facility was opened in a different location, and in 1970 became part of the USA hospital system. In 1991, the Mobile area hospitals included Mobile Infirmary, Springhill, Doctors' (Became USA Children's and Women's in 1997), Knollwood (later Infirmary West before permanently closing in 2012, and is now scheduled for demolition), and Providence. 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 »


Soundtracks

My Oldest Friend
Written by Andrew Belle
Performed by Andrew Belle
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Every Pro-Life Movie is Beautiful, In Its Way...
8 April 2013 | by marcin_kukuczkaSee all my reviews

Facing so much violence and injustice, cinema is rightly considered a medium that should promote other values, those ones that may really occur an oasis of a more beautiful world, at least a world of more beautiful and appealing content. Yet, when we face such pro-life movies like BELLA or October BABY co-directed by siblings Jon and Andrew Erwin who openly admitted to displaying traumatic aspect of abortion, we usually feel at odds. Undeniably, such values as beauty of life, forgiveness, understanding, dignity are likely to find their appeal among vast majority of audiences. Deep down, many people feel it. Yet, they have not stood a test of time in cinema, unfortunately. Is it possible to handle these themes in a sufficiently captivating way? May simplicity occur to flee simplifications?

Gary Goldstein rightly observes that the Erwins' production, as "faith-based anti-abortion drama" is "a film whose poignancy is hard to deny." Yes, at its core, the pro-life message seems to arise in its fullness and, as Jackie K Cooper points out, "it makes its point" doing it "through the story." Its simplicity makes it fragile and authentic along with the emotional resonance of the story and the convincing performance by the leading star, a newcomer Rachel Hendrix. Yet, flaws within the frames of the plot and some naive points of storytelling may lead some eminent critics perceive such movies as "amateurish" and "ungainly" (Roger Ebert).

Indeed, the themes of forgiveness and other Christian values are far richer and complex as to be packed within 100 minutes and delivered convincingly enough. Therefore, such movies usually reach their spiritual crescendos in the last 10 minutes when reconciliation is victorious, everyone forgives everyone and all people smile of profound joy. How fake and unnatural! Sometimes, you don't know what to cry at and what to laugh at! However, there seems to be something more that makes the movie enjoyable though it truly may "lack sufficient entertainment value to make its message go down more palantly" (Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter)

The story of Hannah (Rachel Hendrix), born as a result of a failed-term abortion which her twin brother Jonathan did not survive, captures our attention thanks to her three phases: discovering, struggling and forgiving. The opening shot and her fainting on stage appears to hit the note for the emotional capacity. Ms Hendrix is beautiful enough to make Hannah an interesting character from the start, unknown enough to make Hannah an authentic character and skillful enough to deliver some unforgettable lines of words and emotions. For a newcomer, the actress plays the role with surprising ease making it all an authentic looking drama. While her ways lead to forgiveness, she saves her scenes from unnecessary sentiments and flees any hints of imposed spirituality. She beautifully inspires emotions while spirituality goes from within. That is good, especially because the films of that sort should not be preachy but innately moving. Furthermore, she reduces the number of 'monologues' that usually occur fatal to such movies. The best supporting performances include Jason Burkey as her friend (turning into lover) Jason, John Schneider as her adoptive father and Jasmine Guy as a nurse who talks about her trauma of abortion's hell. Yes, Ms Guy...something more about her:

Although she is supplied with the longest monologue of the movie, she is actually most appreciated by the critics. Jackie K Cooper perceives her role as provided with "emotion, warmth and empathy" and Roger Ebert, who lacks enthusiasm about this film, states, after all, that "Jasmine Guy's monologue here is so well performed and effective that we almost forgive it for being (...) a contrivance." Some background characters, including Bmac (Chris Sligh), the humor incarnate in the trip sequence do not leave a lasting impression and make the film "jagged in parts" (Jackie K Cooper). A nice cure to that comes the priest (Rodney Clark) who, by quoting saint Paul, parallels to the story's moral conclusion. Where does his truth reside? A nice little scene in church which transcends forgiveness and transforms it from definition into action, from words into deeds.

The music score is packed with, what Roger Ebert calls, "middle-of-the-road pop-rock" and it is difficult not to agree with this opinion. Whatever appeal it might have had in its intentions, perhaps to address young audience or referring directly to the film's message and imposing certain feelings on us, it is surely unhelpful and destructing. But that is a case of watching the film and listening to the songs. Nevertheless, when you solely listen to the soundtrack, the experience appears to be totally different and the result is not that bad. So, what it suffers is the lack of music-story collaboration. These are two separate realities in case of October BABY.

All in all, not beautiful in the true sense of the word but in its way as a pro-life whisper among too loud roars of death. A fresh movie, no masterpiece, no intense, in-depth psychological case study of abortion trauma but...that is not, after all, what we want of such films. It's easier for majority to feel its heart expressed in simple and meaningful lines of the finale, something that each child saved from the heartless act of abortion may say to his/her parents having come of age: "thank you just for wanting me." There lies the heart of Hannah's story, the heart of implicit motto "every life is beautiful." Can you, viewer, hear such a voice?


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Country:

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Language:

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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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