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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

Writers:

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

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
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
Cyrina Fiallo ... Molly Mullaney
Leesa Neidel ... Joan Wood
Bethany Carol
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
Desiree' Jones ... Wedding Guest
Carmen Patterson ... Courtroom Juror
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
Alfonzo Rachel Alfonzo Rachel ... Detective Stark
Cindy Long ... Juror
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$1,813,620, 18 October 2018
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Hat Tip Films See more »
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One of the reasons for the delay in removing Karnamaya Mongar from the clinic after she had stopped breathing was that the back door to the building was padlocked shut and nobody could find the key. The emergency responders needed access to the back door because the narrow halls and stairs in the building made it impossible to get a gurney in and out through the front door. They eventually had to resort to bolt cutters to open the back door. 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 »

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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 »

Connections

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

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Great crime drama--but it really happened
13 October 2018 | by mitch-42413See all my reviews

Much of the film taken from actual witness and trial transcripts. I thought it was very well done. The "pro-choice" prosecutor wasn't intending to make a case against abortion--people can claim the film has a "pro-life" agenda but it's easy to see it doesn't. The only side that made it about abortion was the doctor's defense. A good movie in terms of acting, filmmaking, pacing, and a solid storyline.

It's a tough subject, but no gory pictures. Teens and up should have no issues seeing this movie.


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