If These Walls Could Talk

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Movie Info

Three stories portray women coping with unplanned pregnancies in various social climates, the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s.

Cast & Crew

Demi Moore
Claire Donnelly
Cher
Dr. Beth Thompson
Sissy Spacek
Barbara Barrows
Anne Heche
Christine Cullen
Lindsay Crouse
Frances White
Catherine Keener
Becky Donnelly
Shirley Knight
Mary Donnelly
Jason London
Kevin Donnelly
Cher
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Demi Moore
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Suzanne Todd
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Critic Reviews for If These Walls Could Talk

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Audience Reviews for If These Walls Could Talk

  • May 09, 2009
    <i>If These Walls Could Talk</i> is an uncompromising trio of films dealing with the abortion issue over three decades. It's fascinating to watch how times have (and haven't) changed. In this regard, <i>1952</i> starring Demi Moore and <i>1996</i> starring Anne Heche and Cher are the most resonant stories. In the former, Moore plays a widowed nurse struggling to find a way to safely terminate her pregnancy in a decade where such practices were illegal, shrouded in secrecy and often resulted in the woman dying from haemorrhaging or infection. It's painful to watch and Moore is unusually excellent, and there's good support from mother-of-one Catherine Keener as the step-sister. In <i>1996</i>, Heche plays a student who becomes pregnant following an affair with one of her professor's. This is easily the standout story; it is still hugely relevant, with a mixture of views on the issue represented without judgement. Cher, who capably directs this segment, has quite a small role as one of the doctors at the clinic Heche visits, and I wonder if her ego was involved in getting her the starring credit or if it was considered necessary by the studio in order to attract a bigger audience. <i>1996</i> undoubtedly is based on true events - the ending, which is properly shocking, seems ripped from the headlines - making it all the more powerful. By contrast, the Sissy Spacek headlining <i>1974</i> - the shortest of the three films - isn't particularly involving since, oddly, her situation is presented as the least difficult to manage. I suppose a middle-aged woman with a large family discovering she is pregnant once again just isn't particularly interesting (though I do remember that an episode of <i>ER</i> handled a very similar situation with greater dramatic depth). Overall though, <i>If These Walls</i> is a moving project that rises above from its somewhat 'televisual' aesthetic.
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  • Jul 05, 2008
    Have to see it again one day, it's been a while, but I remember that it made a very big impression on me and stuck in my head ever since. Moving, important film.
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2007
    A very different kind of movie - shows abortion isnt evil and heartless or even welcomed as many on the right would suggest.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2007
    Emotional. Controversial.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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