Roe vs. Wade (film)

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Roe vs. Wade
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VHS release promotion
GenreBiography
Drama
Written byAlison Cross
Directed byGregory Hoblit
StarringHolly Hunter
Amy Madigan
Theme music composerW.G. Snuffy Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)Gregory Hoblit
Alison Cross
Michael Manheim
CinematographyNewton Thomas Sigel
Editor(s)Joe Ann Fogle
Elodie Keene
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)NBC Productions
The Manheim Company
DistributorNBC
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 15, 1989

Roe vs. Wade is a 1989 television film written by Alison Cross about the landmark 1973 United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. It was directed by Gregory Hoblit and stars Holly Hunter and Amy Madigan.

Plot[edit]

Ellen Russell is a lonely, single, poorly educated Texan who finds herself pregnant with no means to support a child. To avoid giving up the child, she seeks an abortion. Denied an abortion in Texas, the young woman hires a novice lawyer to plead her case in the U.S. Supreme Court.[1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Roe vs. Wade was filmed on 35mm film with an aspect ratio of 1.33 : 1 and mixed in stereo.[2]

Release[edit]

The film first aired on NBC on May 15, 1989.[3] It was the 10th most viewed primetime television show for the week, with a 17.0 Nielsen rating, and seen in an estimated 15.3 million homes.[4]

The German TV broadcast was edited down from 100 to 91 minutes.[5]

Awards[edit]

41st Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
1989 Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Michael Manheim, Gregory Hoblit, Alison Cross Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special Holly Hunter Won
Amy Madigan Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Special Gregory Hoblit Nominated
Outstanding Editing in a Miniseries or Special Elodie Keane, Joe Ann Foegle Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or Special Alison Cross Nominated

47th Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
1989 Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Michael Manheim, Gregory Hoblit, Alison Cross Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress - Miniseries or Television Movie Holly Hunter Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Miniseries or Television Movie Amy Madigan Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie) : Plot Summary". IMDb.com. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie) : Technical Specifications". IMDb.com. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie) : Release Info". IMDb.com. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Buck, Jerry (May 28, 1989). Jessica's rescue highest rated show for past week, News-Telegram (Sulphur Springs, Texas) (Associated Press story)
  5. ^ "Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie) : Technical Specifications". IMDb.com. Retrieved May 21, 2015.

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