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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.

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Nick Searcy

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

Credited cast:
Michael Beach ... DA Dan Molinari
Dean Cain ... Detective James Wood
Janine Turner ... Dr. North
Nick Searcy ... Mike Cohan
Sarah Jane Morris ... Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire
Cyrina Fiallo ... Molly Mullaney
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
JR Hatchett ... Tactical Officer
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
Ben Hall ... DEA Agent Sam Frye
Darryl Cox ... Dr. Ray Morris
Carmen Patterson ... Courtroom Juror
Charles Walker ... Colleague #1
Joel Telford ... Piano Student
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
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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

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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

Gross USA:

$3,679,893
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hat Tip Films See more »
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Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the Grand Jury scene, the state official saying "people die" to justify the state's failure to inspect Gosnell's clinic after patient deaths was taken verbatim from Grand Jury testimony given by Department of Health attorney Christine Dutton. See more »

Goofs

Gosnell was far from the first abortion doctor to be prosecuted for murder. Such prosecutions were routine before abortion was legalized. Afterward, they were rare, but not unheard of. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Donald Bernstein: The death certificate said 'accidental death'.
Detective James Wood: Fentanyl and Demerol don't sound like accidental drugs to me. They sound like doctor drugs.
Dr. Donald Bernstein: Yeah, but if a doctor administered them, it's not a crime. It's an accident, malpractice maybe.
Detective James Wood: What if the doctor... *didn't* administer them?
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits start rolling, a note is added that the actual photo taken of "Baby Boy A" by a Gosnell employee can be seen at GosnellMovie.com. See more »

Connections

Featured in Louder with Crowder: Trump vs The Media (2018) See more »

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Both sides should applaud this movie
14 October 2018 | by zterrellSee all my reviews

This isn't a show promoting or denouncing abortion, so stop posting reviews if you haven't actually seen it. This is a show about a butcher pretending to be a doctor, yet was protected by a society that didn't want to get involved in an abortion debate. After reviewing the case and checking the facts about this man, it is obvious he cared nothing about the health or care of his patients. He had no conscience about using out-of-date medicine - or the use of untrained personnel and unclean surgical instruments - while maintaining a pig-sty environment for his hapless subjects. His being brought to trial was about blatant murders, not about abortions. Both sides of the isle should utter a sigh of relief that justice was served. Being a small budget film, the actors did a good job, but I gave it only an 8 as the script could have been more fleshed out.


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