If These Walls Could Talk
name = If These Walls Could Talk
caption = Region 1 DVD cover-art
Nancy Savoca Cher
writer = Susan Nanus
I. Marlene King
Earl W. Wallace
Cher Demi Moore Hedy Burress Anne Heche Jada Pinkett Smith Sissy Spacek
distributor = Home Box Office Home Video
October 13, 1996
runtime = 95 min
country = flagicon|USA USA
language = English
followed_by = "
If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000)
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 Cherdirected 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 Sevignyand Ellen DeGeneres, which deals with homosexualityin three different eras.
The films "Common Ground" (2000) and "The Hours" (2002) would also use a similar format to address the issue of
homophobiaas "If These Walls Could Talk". Anne Heche, who starred in the 1996 segment went on to direct the sequel, which received an Emmy Award.
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.
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.
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.
Demi Moore- Claire Donnelly
Shirley Knight- Mary Donnelly
Catherine Keener- Becky Donnelly
Jason London- Kevin Donnelly
CCH Pounder- Jenny Ford
Sissy Spacek- Barbara Barrows
Xander Berkeley- John Barrows
Hedy Burress- Linda Barrows
Janna Michaels- Sally Barrows
Ian Bohen- Scott Barrows
Zack Eginton- Ryan Barrows
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
**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
** – 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)
**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")
* [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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