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Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 12 October 2018 (USA)
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A movie about the horrific crimes and trial of Kermit Gosnell, America's biggest serial killer.

Director:

Nick Searcy

Writers:

Andrew Klavan (screenplay by), Ann McElhinney (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Janine Turner ... Dr. North
Dean Cain ... Detective James Wood
Michael Beach ... DA Dan Molinari
Nick Searcy ... Mike Cohan
Sarah Jane Morris ... Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire
Cyrina Fiallo ... Molly Mullaney
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
JR Hatchett ... Tactical Officer
Leesa Neidel ... Joan Wood
Darryl Cox ... Dr. Ray Morris
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
Eleanor T. Threatt ... Judge Eleanor Stanley
Stephen Goodman ... Officer #2
Paige Kriet ... Courtroom Observer
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Storyline

This police/court room drama is based on actual information on Dr. Kermit Gosnell (played by Earl Billings) who for decades ran a Philadelphia inner-city abortion clinic. In 2010, Philadelphia Police Detectives Wood (Dean Cain) and Stark (Alfonzo Rachel), with DEA and FBI agents, raid the clinic for evidence of illegal prescription drug sales. They are shocked by the clinic's filthy conditions, bags of aborted fetuses in hallways, and fetal body parts stored in a refrigerator. Interviewing clinic workers, they learn: patients are given anesthesia by untrained assistants; one patient died on the operating table from an anesthesia overdose; abortions were performed on babies older than 24 weeks; and some babies were delivered alive, after which Dr. Gosnell cut their spinal cord with scissors. The detectives take the bagged bodies to the coroner and bring the situation to the attention of DA Dan Molinari (Michael Beach). An Assistant DA (Sara Jane Morris) agrees to prosecute the murder ... Written by Judith O.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He took an oath to protect life, not take it.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including disturbing images and descriptions

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,162,988, 14 October 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,679,893, 17 December 2018
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Production Co:

Hat Tip Films See more »
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Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Dean Cain first saw the set for Gosnell's clinic, he asked the producers if they hadn't gone a bit over the top. They responded by showing him footage of the actual raid to demonstrate that they'd tried hard to replicate what the real James Woods saw. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Gosnell arrives at his clinic during the raid. In real life, law enforcement waited until Gosnell had arrived to enter the building themselves. See more »

Quotes

Detective Stark: [raiding Gosnell's clinic for drugs, opens cupboard, finds several jars, looks in disbelief] Hey Woody... hey man, you got to see this.
[holds up jar with baby's foot inside of it]
Detective James Wood: Hold it up higher.
[gets it on camera]
Detective Stark: Hey man, is this normal?
Detective James Wood: I don't know. I've never been in an abortion clinic before.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, photos are displayed showing the real Kermit Gosnell and Karnamaya Mongar, photos taken by law enforcement inside Gosnell's clinic and house, two of the turtles removed from the clinic, and video of Gosnell playing classical music on the piano while the police were searching his house. See more »

Connections

References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Boy was I wrong....
13 October 2018 | by pmjdjrSee all my reviews

I went to see Gosnell yesterday and expected to see a sort of anti-abortion docudrama. But instead I saw an excellently made taut crime & courtroom movie performed by a cast of veteran actors. It was engrossing, intense, powerful and yet heartwarming, the kind of movie that arouses every emotion and leaves you with the realization that rarely have you been so enlightened and enriched by a movie. This is a must-see film, one that not only provides immediate reward, but the kind that stays with you for a long, long time. Superb acting, directing and story - a rare diamond in the rough that you have to see.


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