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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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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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Kermit Gosnell told Philadelphia Magazine writer Steve Volk that he came up with the idea of "snipping" the babies' necks after attending the National Abortion Federation's 1992 Risk Management Seminar in Dallas. There, Dr. Martin Haskell's gave his presentation on "dilation and extraction," or "D&X," a procedure dubbed "Partial Birth Abortion" or "PBA" by the pro-life movement. Haskell's technique involved the procedure described by "Dr. North" in the film - making a hole in the base of the skull with surgical scissors and vacuuming out the contents of the skull to collapse it. Volk wrote an e-book, "Gosnell's Babies," based on his interviews with Gosnell after his incarceration. See more »

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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

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

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

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Just the Facts Ma'am
13 October 2018 | by poortopp-17926See all my reviews

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer. It's not the gross out propaganda film that certainly could have been. It's "just the facts ma'am" of a story of heinous killings that just happened to take place in a legal abortion clinic, but outside of anyone's definition of abortion. The movie is a thought provoking journey into a terrible crime that the media was afraid to report because of its political implications. Solid acting and screenplay conveys this bizarre criminal episode perfectly, without the frills or preaching.


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