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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 horrific crimes and trial of Kermit Gosnell, America's biggest serial killer.


Nick Searcy


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



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Credited cast:
Michael Beach ... DA Dan Molinari
Dean Cain ... Detective James Wood
Janine Turner ... Dr. North
Nick Searcy ... Mike Cohan
Sarah Jane Morris ... Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire
Cyrina Fiallo ... Molly Mullaney
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
JR Hatchett ... Tactical Officer
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
Darryl Cox ... Dr. Ray Morris
Paula Jay Fairbrother ... Sandra Rhodes (as Paula Fairbrother)
Eleanor T. Threatt ... Judge Eleanor Stanley
Carmen Patterson ... Courtroom Juror
Ben Hall ... DEA Agent Sam Frye


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He took an oath to protect life, not take it.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$3,679,893, 17 December 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hat Tip Films See more »
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Did You Know?


In real life, Harvey Karman, the psychologist who assisted Kermit Gosnell in the Mother's Day Massacre abortion experiment, was later arrested for killing a woman in a hotel room by performing an abortion with a nutcracker. See more »


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 »


Keshawna: Seekers pay 80 for an A, that means $3200 for a script.
DEA Agent Sam Frye: Seekers?
Keshawna: Yeah, see we got 3...
[gets up and draws on blackboard]
Keshawna: We got 3 kinds of customers at the clinic. The seekers, they the ones come in for the drugs: Oxy, sometimes Xanax, Percocet. And you got the procedures. And they *gotta* get their pain meds to get ready for the abortions when the doctor comes in. Cause see, he don't even get there most days until 7 o' clock at night or so.
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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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Surprisingly Good
16 October 2018 | by aryangodfather-55981See all my reviews

Saw the movie today. Was not sure what I was going to get. I only went because I was interested in the actual case, and also was relieved by what I had seen that it mostly stays apolitical and lets the story speak for itself. I was pleased to see what I had read/heard was generally accurate. The script was tight, and generally the acting was excellent (Jeanine Turner's character felt the most mis-cast/off, and the blogger, pivotal to making the case go in the movie feels a bit to convenient as a writer's artifice). Production-wise, the greatest weakness was the cinematography. At times the framing just wasn't up to snuff. Searcy does a great job as both a director and actor, Other actors that stand out are Sarah Jane Morris (she undergoes a believable character arc) and Earl Monte is calmly disturbing in the titular role.

That said the movie flowed well, and though there could be many gross-out/gore scenes, they were avoided, and instead what was unseen was what turned my stomach the most.

My biggest complaint where I think they makers went to far and showed their bias was in the closing credits as the included some photos of the crime scene. Nothing overly disturbing (one may be a bit much), but I prefer they had just given the web link for those interested - which they do with one image key to making the case that obviously would have went to far.

I will recommend this movie, and would score it a solid 7 out of 10.

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