If These Walls Could Talk (1996)

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Covering 40 years, this anthology is about three disparate women coping with unexpected pregnancies. The first takes place in 1952 and centers on recently widowed Claire. The second takes place in 1974 when Barbara, who already has four kids, tackles another one. The last is 1996 when Christine contemplates abortion.
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R
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Drama , Television
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HBO Video

Cast

Cher
as Dr. Beth Thompson
Demi Moore
as Claire Donnelly
Sissy Spacek
as Barbara
Anne Heche
as Christine Cullen
Diana Scarwid
as Marcia Shulman
Craig T. Nelson
as Jim Harris
Hedy Burress
as Linda Barrows
CCH Pounder
as Nurse Jenny Ford
Shirley Knight
as Mary Donnelly
Jason London
as Kevin Donnelly
Kevin Cooney
as Dr. Kramer
Robin Gammell
as Jim Donnelly
Phyllis Lyons
as Audrey
Dena Buon
as Young Nurse
Marie DiCicco
as Annie Ross
Lorna Scott
as Louise
Mary Portser
as Margaret
Anne Weldon
as Nurse
Jack Kehler
as Cab Driver
Tim DeKay
as Becky's Husband
Rob Shuttlesworth
as Hospital Visitor
Xander Berkeley
as John Barrows
Janna Michaels
as Sally Barrows
Ian Bohen
as Scott Barrows
Zack Eginton
as Ryan Barrows
Harris Yulin
as Professor Spiras
Jordana Spiro
as Alison
Michael Carter
as Student
Tiffany Kyler
as Student
Lindsay Crouse
as Frances White
Lorraine Toussaint
as Shameeka Webb
Rita Wilson
as Leslie
Georgeanne La Piere
as Clinic Director
Sally Murphy
as Doreen
Rusty Schwimmer
as Prayer Group Member
Christine Avila
as Prayer Group Member
Chris Ellis
as Crowd Leader
Matthew Lillard
as Young Man
Susie Spear
as Young Woman
Rob Camilletti
as Photographer
Sarah Koskoff
as Female Testimonial
Robert Wisdom
as Policeman
Judith Drake
as Angry Woman
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Angry Man
Ben Marle
as Man in Crowd
Aaron Thoms
as David
Hilda Stark Manos
as Secondhand Rose Clerk
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Critic Reviews for If These Walls Could Talk

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

There's little art and not much entertainment either in HBO's earnestly didactic anthology of how a series of different women deal with their unexpected pregnancies.

Full Review… | October 25, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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July 16, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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July 8, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Overly earnest but admirable short films about important issues.

August 13, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

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March 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk 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, 1952 starring Demi Moore and 1996 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 1996, 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. 1996 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 1974 - 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 ER handled a very similar situation with greater dramatic depth). Overall though, If These Walls is a moving project that rises above from its somewhat 'televisual' aesthetic.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

Wow. Amazingly upsetting but a really good HBO movie.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

½

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
Ina S

Super Reviewer

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