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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

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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

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Hat Tip Films See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The City of Philadelphia cremated the 47 fetal and infant remains found at Gosnell's clinic. On September 12, 2013, the cremains were buried in an unmarked grave at Laurel Hill Cemetery. See more »

Goofs

The photo of "Baby Boy A" was not uncovered during the trial after pressing an employee to do the right thing. The Grand Jury report noted: "FBI Agent Huff testified that Adrienne Moton gave him consent to search her cell phone for the photograph that she took. The FBI lab was able to find the picture on cell phone; we saw this photograph, introduced as Exhibit 57. " See more »

Quotes

Nurse: [after Karnamaya Monger's abortion] Doctor she don't look good, she a funny color.
Kermit Gosnell: [looks, grimly] Oh my.
Nurse: [at trial] Doc had the crash cart brought down from the 3rd floor but the paddles were broke.
Kermit Gosnell: [flashback] Well, I am just THRILLED that we kept this equipment up to date!
[frantic]
Kermit Gosnell: Okay, plug in that oximeter.
Nurse: Doc, that oximeter don't work.
Kermit Gosnell: Well plug it in anyway! And uh... throw away that expired medication. And let's clean up the floor. We only get one chance to make a good first impression.
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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

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

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Great crime drama--but it really happened
13 October 2018 | by mitch-42413See all my reviews

Much of the film taken from actual witness and trial transcripts. I thought it was very well done. The "pro-choice" prosecutor wasn't intending to make a case against abortion--people can claim the film has a "pro-life" agenda but it's easy to see it doesn't. The only side that made it about abortion was the doctor's defense. A good movie in terms of acting, filmmaking, pacing, and a solid storyline.

It's a tough subject, but no gory pictures. Teens and up should have no issues seeing this movie.


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