- Actors: Demi Moore, Shirley Knight, Catherine Keener, Jason London, CCH Pounder
- Directors: Cher, Nancy Savoca
- Writers: Nancy Savoca, Earl W. Wallace, I. Marlene King, Pamela Wallace, Susan Nanus
- Producers: Demi Moore
- Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Digital Sound, Dolby
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Odyssey
- DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2003
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000A1M2H
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
If These Walls Could Talk [DVD] 
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The tale of three women, played by Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Cher, each of whom faces an unplanned pregnancy. The stories take place in 1952, 1974 and 1996, and are set in the same home.
Regardless of your opinion on the topic, If These Walls Could Talk is a bold and provocative examination of how the laws and attitudes about abortion in the United States have both changed drastically and remained so much the same. Three women, three time periods, one house: each finds herself in trouble and must face the overwhelming decision about what to do with the unwanted pregnancy.
The first segment is the most powerful, featuring Demi Moore as a young, recently widowed nurse in 1952. With no-one to turn to and with limited financial means, her options are few. Catherine Keener costars as her harshly judgmental sister-in-law. The next piece occurs in 1974 as Sissy Spacek, a mother of four trying to earn a college degree, discovers she's pregnant with her fifth child. Her utterly modern feminist daughter encourages Spacek to get a newly legal abortion, but it's a complex decision. In the final segment, college student Anne Heche becomes pregnant by her married professor. Her best friend, played by Jada Pinkett, is resolutely against abortion and the two wrangle over right and wrong. As the young woman tries to learn about her options, she finds herself enmeshed in the pro-life demonstrations outside the abortion clinic. Cher, who directs this segment (the other two are directed by Nancy Savoca), costars as a doctor at the clinic.
While trying to be even-handed and demonstrating the different choices different women make, the film does have a decidedly pro-choice leaning. Yet the power of the movie is undeniable and it raises significant questions on both sides of the abortion debate, making it an important film for women (and men) everywhere to watch and talk about. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Cher's character provides a very small advocate for the other side but this is minimised and the film, on balance is very far from impartial. It is evidently pro-life, while not a bad thing, it certainly isn't balanced. Overall, definitely worth a view if you have a strong stomach. If you have recently had a termination or are traumatised by one in the past, avoid this like the plague.
I just did not get a feel for any of the stories, and so started, stopped and went onto the next. Sorry I did not like.
The conceit of "If These Walls Could Talk" is that three women, living in three different times in the past half-century but in the same house, find themselves pregnant. Each faces a different situation, both personally and in terms of the legal and social climate regarding abortion. In 1952, Claire Donnelly (Demi Moore) is a young nurse whose husband had been killed in Korea. She has a moment of weakness and when she discovers she is pregnant she desperately tries to find someone who can perform an illegal abortion. In 1974, Barbara Barrows (Sissy Spacek) is a mother of four older children who has started work on a college degree when she finds herself pregnant. This baby means no early retirement for her husband and that their oldest daughter can forget about going to the college of her choice, so Barbara considers a legal abortion. In 1996, Christine Cullen (Anne Heche) learns she is pregnant by her married college professor. Christine is considering an abortion and discovers the local clinic is besieged by anti-abortion protesters, with volunteers escorting women inside past the gauntlet.
What I find interesting about "If These Walls Could Talk" is the way that the writers have dressed up their rhetoric. The death of each person in this movie, whether they are born or unborn, is tragic because death is inherently tragic, and there is certainly an extent to which you can read things both ways in this 1996 movie. After all, the death of a woman because of a "back alley" abortion can be seen as an argument for making abortion legal so that it does not happen, but it also serves as evidence for the idea that women should not have abortions in the first place.
Yet in the total context of the movie the preferred reading for such a things seems clear. Within that context the decision not to have an abortion is not just a pro-life decision, but a pro-choice one as well (to wit, she chooses life). Plus, we see a world where the people who carry guns and placards are fanatics in the crazy sense of the word instead of the deeply devote meaning. There are two sides to the issue, and in each vignette those two sides are represented, and the common denominator is that the side that is most judgmental is the side that loses in each instance. It is just that from a political perspective, one side of the dispute is inherently more judgmental than the other.
As for the third part of the film, those protesting against abortion outside the clinic are shown to be half crazed religious nuts, of dubious sanity and intelligence,yet again conforming to the cliche. And of course, a piece of drama about abortion just wouldn't be complete without the altruistic abortion doctor (only concerned with helping women)being shot by the mean old Anti abortion protester.
On the whole I was disappointed at the end of this film. I felt as if I had been watching a piece written and directed by a bunch of GCSE drama students.
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