If These Walls Could Talk (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)




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Covering 40 years, this anthology is about three disparate women coping with unexpected pregnancies. The first takes place in 1952 and centers on recently widowed Claire. The second takes place in 1974 when Barbara, who already has four kids, tackles another one. The last is 1996 when Christine contemplates abortion.


as Dr. Beth Thompson
Demi Moore
as Claire Donnelly
Sissy Spacek
as Barbara
Anne Heche
as Christine Cullen
Diana Scarwid
as Marcia Shulman
Craig T. Nelson
as Jim Harris
Hedy Burress
as Linda Barrows
CCH Pounder
as Nurse Jenny Ford
Shirley Knight
as Mary Donnelly
Jason London
as Kevin Donnelly
Kevin Cooney
as Dr. Kramer
Robin Gammell
as Jim Donnelly
Dena Buon
as Young Nurse
Marie DiCicco
as Annie Ross
Mary Portser
as Margaret
Jack Kehler
as Cab Driver
Tim DeKay
as Becky's Husband
Rob Shuttlesworth
as Hospital Visitor
Xander Berkeley
as John Barrows
Janna Michaels
as Sally Barrows
Ian Bohen
as Scott Barrows
Zack Eginton
as Ryan Barrows
Harris Yulin
as Professor Spiras
Lindsay Crouse
as Frances White
Lorraine Toussaint
as Shameeka Webb
Georgeanne La Piere
as Clinic Director
Rusty Schwimmer
as Prayer Group Member
Christine Avila
as Prayer Group Member
Chris Ellis
as Crowd Leader
Matthew Lillard
as Young Man
Susie Spear
as Young Woman
Rob Camilletti
as Photographer
Sarah Koskoff
as Female Testimonial
Robert Wisdom
as Policeman
Judith Drake
as Angry Woman
Ben Marle
as Man in Crowd
Hilda Stark Manos
as Secondhand Rose Clerk
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Critic Reviews for If These Walls Could Talk

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

There's little art and not much entertainment either in HBO's earnestly didactic anthology of how a series of different women deal with their unexpected pregnancies.

October 26, 2006 | Rating: C+
Top Critic

Overly earnest but admirable short films about important issues.

August 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Too earnest perhaps, but interesting

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk is an uncompromising trio of films dealing with the abortion issue over three decades. It's fascinating to watch how times have (and haven't) changed. In this regard, 1952 starring Demi Moore and 1996 starring Anne Heche and Cher are the most resonant stories. In the former, Moore plays a widowed nurse struggling to find a way to safely terminate her pregnancy in a decade where such practices were illegal, shrouded in secrecy and often resulted in the woman dying from haemorrhaging or infection. It's painful to watch and Moore is unusually excellent, and there's good support from mother-of-one Catherine Keener as the step-sister. In 1996, Heche plays a student who becomes pregnant following an affair with one of her professor's. This is easily the standout story; it is still hugely relevant, with a mixture of views on the issue represented without judgement. Cher, who capably directs this segment, has quite a small role as one of the doctors at the clinic Heche visits, and I wonder if her ego was involved in getting her the starring credit or if it was considered necessary by the studio in order to attract a bigger audience. 1996 undoubtedly is based on true events - the ending, which is properly shocking, seems ripped from the headlines - making it all the more powerful. By contrast, the Sissy Spacek headlining 1974 - the shortest of the three films - isn't particularly involving since, oddly, her situation is presented as the least difficult to manage. I suppose a middle-aged woman with a large family discovering she is pregnant once again just isn't particularly interesting (though I do remember that an episode of ER handled a very similar situation with greater dramatic depth). Overall though, If These Walls is a moving project that rises above from its somewhat 'televisual' aesthetic.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

Wow. Amazingly upsetting but a really good HBO movie.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


Have to see it again one day, it's been a while, but I remember that it made a very big impression on me and stuck in my head ever since. Moving, important film.

Ina S
Ina S

Super Reviewer

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