If These Walls Could Talk


If These Walls Could Talk

Infobox Film
name = If These Walls Could Talk

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caption = Region 1 DVD cover-art
director = Nancy Savoca
Cher
producer = Demi Moore
writer = Susan Nanus
I. Marlene King
Nancy Savoca
Earl W. Wallace
Pamela Wallace
narrator =
starring = Cher
Demi Moore
Hedy Burress
Anne Heche
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sissy Spacek
music =
cinematography =
editing =
distributor = Home Box Office Home Video
released = October 13, 1996
runtime = 95 min
country = flagicon|USA USA
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by = "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000)
website =
amg_id = 136782
imdb_id = 0116607
:"For the episode of The Outer Limits, see If These Walls Could Talk (The Outer Limits)"."If These Walls Could Talk" is a 1996 Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated made for television movie, broadcast on HBO. It follows the plights of three different women and their experiences with abortion. Each of the three stories takes place in the same house in three different years: 1952, 1974, and 1996. All three segments were co-written by Nancy Savoca. Savoca directed the first and second segment while Cher directed the third.

The women's experiences in each vignette are designed to demonstrate the popular views of society on the issue in each of the given decades. The film became a surprise success, and was HBO's highest rated movie ever. The film's success was followed by an international release, and spawned a sequel, "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000), starring Sharon Stone, Michelle Williams, Chloë Sevigny and Ellen DeGeneres, which deals with homosexuality in three different eras.

The films "Common Ground" (2000) and "The Hours" (2002) would also use a similar format to address the issue of homophobia as "If These Walls Could Talk". Anne Heche, who starred in the 1996 segment went on to direct the sequel, which received an Emmy Award.

Plot

1952

The 1952 segment deals with Claire Donnelly (Demi Moore), a widowed nurse living in suburban Chicago, who becomes pregnant by her brother-in-law and decides to undergo abortion in order not to hurt her late husband's family. However, abortion at the time is strictly illegal. Donnelly eventually finds another nurse (CCH Pounder) who provides her the name of a woman who can find her someone who will perform the abortion. She finally manages to abort, but dies shortly after due to hemorrhage.

1974

The 1974 segment deals with Barbara Barrows (Sissy Spacek), a struggling and aging mother with four children, who discovers she must welcome another addition to the family, despite having recently gone back to college. She considers abortion with the support of her teenage daughter (Hedy Burress) but ultimately chooses to keep the child.

1996

The 1996 segment deals with Christine Cullen (Anne Heche), a college student who got pregnant by her married professor decides on an abortion when he breaks up with her and only offers her money. She is operated on by Dr. Beth Thompson (Cher). However, the abortion takes place during a violent protest, and an abortion protester (Matthew Lillard) walks in on the operation and shoots Dr. Thompson.

Cast

1952 segment:
*Demi Moore - Claire Donnelly
*Shirley Knight - Mary Donnelly
*Catherine Keener - Becky Donnelly
*Jason London - Kevin Donnelly
*CCH Pounder - Jenny Ford

1974 segment:
*Sissy Spacek - Barbara Barrows
*Xander Berkeley - John Barrows
*Hedy Burress - Linda Barrows
*Janna Michaels - Sally Barrows
*Ian Bohen - Scott Barrows
*Zack Eginton - Ryan Barrows

1996 segment:
*Anne Heche - Christine Cullen
*Cher - Dr. Beth Thompson
*Jada Pinkett Smith - Patti
*Eileen Brennan - Tessie
*Lindsay Crouse - Frances White
*Craig T. Nelson - Jim Harris
*Matthew Lillard - Protester

Awards and nominations

*Emmy Awards
**Outstanding Made for Television Movie ("nomination")
**Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production ("nomination")
**Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special ("nomination")

*Golden Globe Awards
** ("nomination")
** – Demi Moore ("nomination")
** – Cher ("nomination")

*NAACP Image Awards
**Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series – Jada Pinkett Smith ("nomination")

*National Educational Media Network, USA
**Gold Apple (won)

*Satellite Awards
**Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV ("nomination")
**Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV – Cher ("nomination")

External links

* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116607/ "If These Walls Could Talk"] at The Internet Movie Database
* [http://www.mrqe.com/lookup?^If+These+Walls+Could+Talk+(1996)+(TV) Film Reviews]


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