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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 crimes and trial of Kermit Gosnell, an American doctor and abortion provider who was convicted of killing three fetuses and the involuntary manslaughter of a woman who died during a procedure.

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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
Michael Beach ... DA Dan Molinari
Nick Searcy ... Mike Cohan
Sarah Jane Morris ... Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire
Cyrina Fiallo ... Molly Mullaney
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
JR Hatchett ... Tactical Officer
Darryl Cox ... Dr. Ray Morris
Ariel Richardson ... Pedestrian
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
Dustin Wilson ... D.E.A. Agent
Carmen Patterson ... Courtroom Juror
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
Rick Vyper ... FBI Agent
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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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He took an oath to protect life, not take it.

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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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The Grand Jury testimony of a patient who left Gosnell's clinic and gave birth to her baby was based on a real patient. The actual Grand Jury Report summarized her testimony: "We learned of another illegal, third-trimester abortion only because the mother changed her mind. In 2004, a 27-year-old woman went to Gosnell, pregnant with her first child. She testified that she was surprised when Gosnell told her she was 21 weeks pregnant. On the first day of what was to be a two-day procedure, Gosnell inserted dilators in the woman's cervix. After Gosnell had finished inserting the laminaria, the woman asked him what happened to the babies after they were aborted. She testified that Gosnell told her they were burned. At home, thinking over how Gosnell disposed of the fetuses, the woman had a change of heart. She called her cousin and the cousin called Gosnell to tell him that they wanted him to take the laminaria out. Gosnell said that he could not do that once the procedure was started. And he did not want to return the $1,300 that the patient had already paid. The pregnant woman ended up going to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania to have the laminaria removed. It was determined at the hospital that she was 29 weeks pregnant. A few days later, the 27-year-old delivered a premature baby girl. She was treated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is today a healthy kindergartener. " The producers were so moved by the story that they chose to focus on it to focus on it to keep their spirits up during filming, and to end the movie on the bright note of the thriving child. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the investigators dress in protective gear prior to entering Gosnell's basement. The real investigators first entered the basement without protective gear and retreated upon encountering the flea infestation. They donned protective gear and entered the basement a second time. See more »

Quotes

Keshawna: Look, most of the pharmacists, you know, they legit. You can't be going in there with the same names on the scripts all the time. So Dr. Gosnell, he has us pay 50 bucks to junkies for their IDs and has us write the scripts for them.
DEA Agent Sam Frye: Is he the only doctor writing the scripts?
Keshawna: He the only doctor there. They got girls who haven't been to high school doing the procedures.
FBI Agent: The procedures?
Keshawna: Yeah, the abortions.
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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 »

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Featured in Louder with Crowder: Trump vs The 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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Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,162,988, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$3,679,893

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,679,893
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