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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

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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Trivia

Inspired by the true story of Gianna Jessen, who survived a saline abortion in California in 1977. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Unplanned (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh My Stars
Written by Andrew Belle
Performed by Andrew Belle
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Much more watchable and satisfying than most Christian films, IMHO
4 May 2014 | by k-tmunroeSee all my reviews

I expected this to be your usual block of Christian movie cheese but was pleasantly surprised. Not 10 stars worth but a solid 7. The production values were quite good for a genre that usually looks like your cousin made it with his video camera using a script he wrote and friends from church as actors with maybe a Christian celeb thrown in.

The road trip didn't come off well--worst hotel ever? Obviously those kids hadn't left town before. And they didn't seem like real kids, like the writers didn't know what real kids are like. Maybe like they only ever saw photos of college age kids.

The sound track drove me bonkers--even though I've listened to my share of CCM, those days are over and those songs and the way they all sound the same are the reason why.

The acting is pretty solid, despite a sometimes weak script--as when Hannah runs away from the group. Well, that scene was kind of meh all around.

The message wasn't ham-handed, I didn't think. And I thought it was fair to all sides of the abortion issue. Others might not think so, but... I was happy not to be preached at. Some deeper character development from the writers or actors would have really pushed this movie ahead. But I've seen much worse.

The depth of the topic held the film together. The most powerful scenes I think were the nurse telling Hannah the story of her birth and Cindy facing that moment of her life alone in her office.

As a Christian, I always hope a movie made by Christians will be better than most, and mostly that is not true. October Baby, however, was quite satisfying to experience.


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Official Sites:

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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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