Rain Without Thunder (1992)




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Rain Without Thunder is a "pro-choice" tract, expertly packaged in the form of speculative fiction. In a futuristic society, abortion is a crime punishable by a harsh prison term, and all female sexual activity is electronically monitored. When young Ali Thomas chooses not to bring her unborn child to term, she is thrown into jail. And since her mother (Betty Buckley) had driven Thomas to the abortionist, she too is arrested--charged with kidnapping the fetus! The filmmakers wear their ideology on both sleeves, but one cannot deny that Rain Without Thunder drives its point home forcefully.
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Betty Buckley
as Beverly Goldring
Jeff Daniels
as Jonathan Garson
Ali Thomas
as Allison Goldring
Frederic Forrest
as Walker Point Warden
Linda Hunt
as Atwood Society Director
Robert Earl Jones
as Old Lawyer
Graham Greene (II)
as Author on History
Steve Zahn
as Jeremy Tanner
Iona Morris
as Andrea Murdoch
Katharine Crost
as 1st Walker Point Guard
Stuart Burney
as Spencer Goldring
Eliza Clark
as Piper Goldring
Heather Lilly
as Micka Goldring
Helen Lloyd Breed
as Alice Kappelhoff
Katherine Selverstone
as Abra Russell
Charles E. Gerber
as Grover Cole
Dianne Kirksey
as Mother Breatfeeding
Bahni Turpin
as `Baby Bomb' Prisoner
Ming-Na Wen
as `Uudie' Prisoner
John Scott
as 1st Health Official
Andrew Spencer
as 2nd Health Official
Ethan Phillips
as Gynecologist
Joseph Dophin
as `Baby Bomb' Dealer
Fred Fagen
as Doctor with Probe
Susanne Wasson
as Swedish Doctor
Dana Smith
as Walker Point Nurse
Lisa Langford
as `In Profile' Prisoner
Tara Tersigni
as Little Girl with Bird
Sheila Pinkham
as Angela Q.
Austin Pendleton
as Catholic Priest
Corina May
as Priestess
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Critic Reviews for Rain Without Thunder

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Cautionary tale set in America in 2042

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Rain Without Thunder

A bit preachy at times, this mockumentary imagined a future that is chillingly close to the present state of the abortion debate. It imagines a time when a woman can be imprisoned for having an abortion, a state of affairs brought about by passage of the 28th amendment, defining life as beginning at fertilization, thereby banning any and all abortions, and all types of contraception other than barrier methods. Sound familiar? And this was done in 1993! Interesting, but maybe a little too much pontificating and not enough action to keep one's interest riveted.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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