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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

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

Credited cast:
Michael Beach ... DA Dan Molinari
Nick Searcy ... Mike Cohan
Sarah Jane Morris ... Alexis 'Lexy' McGuire
Janine Turner ... Dr. North
Cyrina Fiallo ... Molly Mullaney
Dean Cain ... Detective James Wood
Earl Billings ... Kermit Gosnell
Damon Carney ... Ed McGuire
JR Hatchett ... Tactical Officer
Darryl Cox ... Dr. Ray Morris
Grace Montie ... Nancy Childs
Eleanor T. Threatt ... Judge Eleanor Stanley
Lorrie Chilcoat ... Lydia Winters
Thomas Rivas ... Tactical Officer
Paige Kriet ... Courtroom Observer
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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,679,893, 17 December 2018
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Hat Tip Films See more »
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Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Molly Mullaney is a composite of Mollie Z. Hemingway and JD Mullane. See more »

Goofs

Gosnell was far from the first abortion doctor to be prosecuted for murder. Such prosecutions were routine before abortion was legalized. Afterward, they were rare, but not unheard of. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Andrew Klavan Show: Our Fauxchahontas Media (2018) See more »

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Very good film on a very difficult subject.
22 January 2019 | by apjcSee all my reviews

First off I'm from the UK and this issue isn't as divisive here. The film did seem to lean to the pro life agenda slightly but not enough to discredit it's main theme. Biggest serial killers have always been medical professionals, they do get a tendency to play God. The film is well crafted and acted, would recommend to all no matter their side of the argument.


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