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Citizen Ruth (1996)

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Laura Dern Laura Dern
Ruth Stoops
Swoosie Kurtz Swoosie Kurtz
Diane Siegler
Kurtwood Smith Kurtwood Smith
Norm Stoney
Mary Kay Place Mary Kay Place
Gail Stoney
Kelly Preston Kelly Preston
M.C. Gainey M.C. Gainey
Kenneth Mars Kenneth Mars
Dr. Charlie Rollins
David Graf David Graf
Judge Richter

Written by
Alexander Payne Alexander Payne
(written by)
Jim Taylor Jim Taylor
(written by)


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A good movie

7 years, 7 months ago at May 6 10:18
Honestly, I'm rather surprised that only so few listal members have rated this movie. I mean, sure, it isn't really a masterpiece but Alexander Payne is certainly of the best American directors at work today. Anyway, since I always had a weak spot for Payne's work, I was really eager to check his directing debut. Eventually, even though it didn’t really convinced me, I thought it was still pre... read more
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Description: A satirical look at the abortion issue, that takes jabs at both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice proponents. Ruth Stoops, a low-class, unintelligent, unfit mother of four discovers while in jail that she's pregnant again. The judge charges her with endangering the fetus, but tells her in confidence that he'll reduce the charges if she has an abortion. When word of this gets out, it changes Ruth's life dramatically, as she becomes caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between Pro-Lifers and fervent Pro-Choicers, each of whom want to use Ruth to get their messages and propaganda across. The proceedings escalate to bizarre proportions -- and ... (more)
Release date: 13 December 1996
UPC: 717951005243
Tags: Comedy (4), Satire (3), Politics (3), 1996 (3), Pregnancy (3), 1990s (3), Drama (3), Substance Abuse (2), Independent (2), Comedies (1), Sort (1), Abortion (1), Judges (1), SnP (1), Police (1), Single Mothers (1), Poverty (1), Recommended (1), Activism (1), Social Issues (1)
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" Alexander Payne's first is his weakest. But I did like the ending. "