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

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A story based on the actions of Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

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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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Credited cast:
Dean Cain ... Detective James Wood
Janine Turner ... Dr. North
Nick Searcy ... Mike Cohan
Sarah Jane Morris ... Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire
Michael Beach ... DA Dan Molinari
Cyrina Fiallo ... Molly Mullaney
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
Leesa Neidel ... Joan Wood
Bethany Carol
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
Desiree' Jones ... Wedding Guest
Alfonzo Rachel Alfonzo Rachel ... Detective Stark
Carmen Patterson ... Courtroom Juror
Paula Jay Fairbrother ... Sandra Rhodes (as Paula Fairbrother)
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
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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.

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Crime | Drama

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

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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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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$2,453,903, 21 October 2018
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Hat Tip Films See more »
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Trivia

The psychologist referred to as participating in the "Mothers' Day Massacre" was Harvey Karman, a high-profile advocate of legalized abortion. In 1955 he had performed an illegal abortion resulting in the woman's death. Governor Jerry Brown subsequently pardoned Karman, who promptly resumed practicing abortion and training others in the "menstrual extraction" method of early abortion that he had developed. This was how he met the members of the "Jane" illegal abortion syndicate in Chicago. Karman was so highly respected in abortion-rights circles that the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the government of Bangladesh invited him to train lay abortionists in the use of his new "super coil" second-trimester abortion method. Karman augmented the "super coils" with pieces of balsa wood while demonstrating his technique on women pregnant after being raped by soldiers. The results were disastrous, with a high rate of life-threatening complications. It was after this debacle that the "Jane" syndicate was raided and its lay abortionists jailed. They contacted Karman, who elected to forgo the slivers of balsa and use the "super coils" by themselves on the women "Jane" bused to Philadelphia. The experiment was filmed by a crew from a PBS station in New York. The footage is now considered lost. See more »

Goofs

The photo of "Baby Boy A" was not uncovered during the trial after pressing an employee to do the right thing. The Grand Jury report noted: "FBI Agent Huff testified that Adrienne Moton gave him consent to search her cell phone for the photograph that she took. The FBI lab was able to find the picture on cell phone; we saw this photograph, introduced as Exhibit 57. " See more »

Quotes

Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire: Why did you decide to take a picture of this particular baby?
Nurse: He was so big. He looked like he could be somebody's little brother. I just thought there should be a picture of him. To show the world that he was here for a little while.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Andrew Klavan Show: Our Fauxchahontas Media (2018) See more »

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Tasteful, yet powerful movie
13 October 2018 | by joe_frede_grimSee all my reviews

My review of powerful film "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer." 9/10

This movie very closely follows the discovery of actual crimes committed by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, and his trial. Due to the disturbing subject matter, it could have very easily been made into an R-rated film; however, the producers decided to portray the events in a tasteful way, that would probably be rated at the edge of G/PG if played without sound; its PG-13 rating comes from the disturbing accounts of late-term abortions, abortions that are legal in many states, so long as the unborn baby's life is terminated within the womb of its mother; Dr. Gosnell's crime was killing them after they had been born.

The film was not preachy, and was not overtly anti-abortion. In fact, the most famous actor in the film, Dean Cain, remains pro-choice. What it does very effectively is reveal the horrors of late-term abortions that are performed on babies that would likely otherwise survive, if given proper medical attention. I personally think that it would also cause most pro-choice people to reconsider their support for abortions at earlier points in a pregnancy.

I would advise that you watch this film, so you can know the truth, as this film very closely followed the actual events of what happened, going so far as to follow the exact court transcripts for the trial scenes. It's not a movie that will leave you feeling happy afterward, but hopefully it will cause you to consider what you can do to help women who are in desperate pregnancies.

I doubt it will be at the cinemas for long, based on the less-than-half-full attendance we saw at opening night. Despite being a very well-made and well-acted movie, it has faced an uphill battle to be publicized, with major advertising outlets refusing to play commercials, including Facebook and NPR; powerful organizations like Planned Parenthood are also strongly pressuring movie theaters, some successfully, not to release the movie.


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