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A Private Matter (1992)

The story of Sherri Finkbine, a woman who sought a medically recommended abortion and endured a firestorm of public controversy about her decision.
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Credited cast:
Sissy Spacek ... Sherri Finkbine
Aidan Quinn ... Bob Finkbine
Estelle Parsons ... Mary Chessen
Sheila McCarthy ... Diane Callaghan
Leon Russom ... Steve Morris
Xander Berkeley ... Peter Zenner
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Dr. Werner
Jeff Perry ... Randall Everett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregg Almquist Gregg Almquist ... Doctor #2
Mark Anderson Mark Anderson ... Reporter #3
Dawn Arnemann Dawn Arnemann ... Parking lot mom
Michael Bofshever ... TV host
Michael Byrne Michael Byrne ... Reporter #2
Susie Duff Susie Duff ... Dotty Harper
Lance Edwards Lance Edwards ... Ray Becker
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The true story of Romper Room host "Miss Sherri" Finkbine, who, after the devastating effects of thalidomide were discovered in the early 1960s, sparked a firestorm of controversy with her determination to obtain an abortion. Written by Anonymous

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1992 (USA) See more »

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Miss Sherri See more »

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A TV movie made for the HBO network. See more »

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Sherri gives story about her upcoming abortion to a friend identified as a reporter for The Arizona Republic (actual Phoenix newspaper that broke the story). But when story appears in print, masthead of newspaper in which story appears is fictional 'Arizona Examiner'. See more »

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26 December 2018 | by popculturethoughtsSee all my reviews

A great example of the surprising strengths of made-for-television movies, 1992's "A Private Matter" is blessed by a typically terrific performance by Sissy Spacek, as well as a truly fascinating true-life story: While hosting the children's program "Romper Room," a pregnant Sherri Finkbine discovers her unborn child will likely suffer from malformation, and her decision to even consider an abortion has a domino impact on her career and family life. Like most television movies it doesn't have time for subtlety or nuance, but luckily Spacek can do wonders with even the most abrupt lines, and elevates what could have been a rushed examination of women's choices in the 1960s into a contemporaneously relevant treaty on personal agency.


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