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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.

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Nick Searcy

Writers:

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

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
Ariel Richardson ... Pedestrian
Darryl Cox ... Dr. Ray Morris
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
JR Hatchett ... Tactical Officer
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
Erin Elizabeth Cook ... Grand Juror
Paige Kriet ... Courtroom Observer
Geoff Koch ... FBI Agent Roy Huddleston
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$3,679,893

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,679,893
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hat Tip Films See more »
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Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When blogger Molly Mullaney takes photos of the empty press benches in the courtroom and posts them on social media, it is a dramatization of the actions of Calkins Media columnist J. D. Mullane. His posts unleashed a storm of posts, and several days later, the benches were filled with reporters. See more »

Goofs

Gosnell's attorney holds up obstetric forceps, not the Bierer or Hern forceps that would be used for an abortion. See more »

Quotes

Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire: [answers phone] Woody, I'm not back until tomorrow.
Detective James Wood: There's that voice I long to hear. I thought you were back today. I'll call Dan.
Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire: Well now I'm curious, what's up?
Detective James Wood: We found an Oxy source, it's a Doctor Kermit Gosnell. He runs a clinic at 3801 Lancaster Avenue. I want to get a warrant so we can put a hidden camera in there.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, photos are displayed showing the real Kermit Gosnell and Karnamaya Mongar, photos taken by law enforcement inside Gosnell's clinic and house, two of the turtles removed from the clinic, and video of Gosnell playing classical music on the piano while the police were searching his house. See more »

Connections

References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 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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