Roe vs. Wade (film)

Roe vs. Wade
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Written byAlison Cross
Directed byGregory Hoblit
StarringHolly Hunter
Amy Madigan
Theme music composerW.G. Snuffy Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersGregory Hoblit
Alison Cross
Michael Manheim
CinematographyNewton Thomas Sigel
EditorsJoe Ann Fogle
Elodie Keene
Running time100 minutes
Production companiesNBC Productions
The Manheim Company
Original release
ReleaseMay 15, 1989 (1989-05-15)

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.


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.



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


Award Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Awards 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
Golden Globe Awards 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

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