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
The Grand Jury testimony of a Gosnell patient who reported being smacked on the legs and told not to act like a baby was taken verbatim from an interview with one of Gosnell's real patients, a young African-American rape victim. See more »
The forceps held up by Gosnell's attorney were obstetric forceps rather than the Bierer or Hern forceps that would be used in an abortion. See more »
Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire:
Why did you decide to take a picture of this particular baby?
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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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 »
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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