October Baby

October Baby

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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A college student's life changes after she discovers that she is an adopted child and the survivor of an attempted abortion.
Publisher: Franklin, Tennessee :, Distributed by Provident Distribution,, 2012.
Edition: Blu-ray ; Widescreen (2.40:1) version.
Copyright Date: ©2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Blu Ray) (95 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.


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JCLHeatherM Nov 20, 2018

Based off of the life experiences of Gianna Jessen (an abortion survivor), the film is well intended with its message but struggles with pacing and unsympathetic characters that do the film a disservice.

Apr 09, 2018

The climax is absolutely stunning and the story brings to life the power of forgiveness and the power of loving the person but hating the behavior and that as humans , we all have mistakes as well as intentional deceitfulness that we need to recognize will be forgiven if we truly seek it.

Mar 21, 2018

Touching film about the pain of abortion. Overall well done.

Dec 07, 2017

“No, Gianna Jessen, Part II: Stop Lying About Planned Parenthood!”
by Maracat, posted September 14, 2015 to Daily Kos
“Planned Parenthood Goes on Trial in Kangaroo Court -Dispatches from our nation's capitol, part one.”
by Charles P. Pierce, posted September 9, to Esquire
“Are you an abortion survivor? If you know a woman who ended a pregnancy then yes, says right-wing propaganda. The myths of “October Baby””
by Irin Carmon, posted 04/05/2012, at Salon

Aug 22, 2017

It's well-understood that the words "Based On a True Story" slapped on a movie usually mean "connected to truth, or reality as we know it, only in passing", and October Baby is no exception. International fetal rights crusader Gianna Jessen, the person on whom this film is loosely based, survived an attempt to abort her, and is a woman. That's it for similarities. Well, how is the movie? The acting and TV-level production are nothing special, so let's look at the writing (warning: SPOILERS for the entire plot; but TL; DR -- it's not good.) Not that you'd ever know, but beautiful, perfect coed Hannah suffers from several physical and mental problems. When she collapses onstage at the school play, no less, doctors determine all her issues are caused by being a survivor of a late-term abortion. How, I don't know. Shocked, she and her (platonic, natch) friend Jason go on a sleuthing expedition to confront her birth mother. A police officer catches them breaking into the now vacant hospital where she was born, because that's how medical records are stored. When he hears of her mission, he gives her the home address of the nurse who signed her birth certificate, because that's how policing professionals work. The nurse remembers Hannah's case two decades later, and also that her mother “had to go to school, she had to have a career.” She gives Hannah her mother's address, because medical confidentiality is not a thing. Her mother is now a striving lawyer who seems to have nearly forgotten she ever attempted an abortion. She brusquely denies Hannah's existence and hops into her Mercedes. Meanwhile, Hannah's adoptive parents are shocked, shocked! that their adult daughter was travelling alone with a man; however, Jason makes a man-to-man apology to her father and it's cool. Hannah seeks guidance at a Catholic church, has an epiphany, and forgives her mother. The film ends with Hannah returning to college, but it is heavily hinted that she and Jason will eventually be married. SHE will never become a career woman, or neglect her family by becoming an international crusader. The End.

LoganLib_darsh Apr 06, 2017

It is a thought provoking film and it means so much especially when you know it is a based on a true story. The acting was well done.

Feb 19, 2017

Wow. I have just been absolutely floored by the best movie I ever watched. This story is so, so important for people to hear, even if the subject isn't very popular for discussion. A couple parts that weren't quite as good: There were a couple parts that were too perfectly coincidental, and the parents were a little distant at first. However, both of these were resolved before the end. Other than that, the movie could not have been better. Truman and Bmac were perfect to lighten it up somewhat, but the theme still carried the movie through to the end. I really don't know what to say, besides the fact that this is a truly inspiring story that brings up SUCH an important topic that people often want to push under the rug or legitimize. That should never happen. Also, the main actor who played Hannah, WOW! She was perfect in that role! Every little expression and movement added to the scene. Overall, an emotionally touching, somewhat heavy, but EXTREMELY important movie. This movie is not a tool to make people feel guilty, it's a story about the power of forgiveness.

I`m glad their speaking out.
It was a very moving movie.
Great watch for adults and teens. :)
People need to hear this.

I don't know what to say. It was a marvelous movie. This is what abortion is: the murder(or slaughter) of helpless, children who can't protect themselves. Pray to GOD to end abortion and to stop letting murder be legal!!! Watch this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 05, 2016

This is a film inspired by the true story of a young girl who survives an abortion and then searches for her mother.
Hannah, a 19-year-old beautiful girl, learns that she is adopted and never told because she is the survivor of an abortion.

The movie is based on the life of Gianna Jesse.

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Aug 12, 2013

***Definite Spoilers Included Below***
After learning that she was adopted, Hannah decides to spend her Spring Break searching for her birth mom in Mobile, Alabama. She finally finds her birth mother's law firm, and goes there to talk to her mother, only to be avoided and picked up by her dad, who had been looking for her. Eventually, after much soul-searching, town searching, learning, and emotional turmoil, Hannah ends up at a church where a kind priest helps her decide to forgive her parents, both adoptive and by birth, and to continue on with her life, despite her feelings of being unwanted and rejected.


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