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Pro-life 'October Baby' rejected by major studios, blitzes box office
FoxNews.com ^ | 3-27-2012 | By Hollie McKay

Posted on 03/27/2012 2:47:04 PM PDT by topher

The Hunger Games” wasn’t the only film to hit box office paydirt this past weekend. Although it only opened in 390 theaters, the anti-abortion drama “October Baby,” starring John Schneider,earned the second-highest-per-screen average, bringing in almost $2 million in ticket sales.

“I was shattered when I first learned about the story. I was moved and mesmerized. I wasn’t an activist, I was just someone who was shattered by the truth,” director Jon Erwin told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. “Here is our little film, small budget, in the top ten (at the box office). We are thrilled, blown away.”

“October Baby” follows the emotional journey of a young woman who learns that she was almost aborted, but at the last minute was instead given up for adoption. The film almost didn’t see the light of day.

“This film couldn’t find a home, no studio wanted to touch it. It was considered too controversial,” Erwin continued. “There was a real moment of despair at one point, the film wasn’t finished and nobody would take a look at it. But every time we screened it, it attracted such intense emotional reactions. So we had to raise the money ourselves, and the release process took much longer than we wanted.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: abortion; adoption; boxoffice; hollywood; moralabsolutes; movie; moviereview; octoberbaby; prolife
Movie industry following dinosaur media into extinction
1 posted on 03/27/2012 2:47:13 PM PDT by topher
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To: topher

Hollyweird is going to find that with the way entertainment is delivered these days, they are irrelevant. With Netflix, On Demand, Roku I don’t need to rely on these toads to see a movie that interests me and disregard their Left wing crap. I am sure there are millions of other doing the same thing. I can’t wait till all the theaters in the country are turned into Olive Gardens and independent movie producers overtake the big studios.


2 posted on 03/27/2012 2:55:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks topher.
"October Baby" follows the emotional journey of a young woman who learns that she was almost aborted, but at the last minute was instead given up for adoption. The film almost didn't see the light of day.

3 posted on 03/27/2012 2:57:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: SunkenCiv
The film almost didn't see the light of day.

As well as the protagonist in the movie. She almost didn't see the light of day, either.

This movie will not be shown at the White House. Well! Maybe in 2013.

4 posted on 03/27/2012 3:01:56 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: reg45

“This movie will not be shown at the White House”

Of couse not. Hussein wouldn’t want to punish his girls with the truth about anything. They must proudly uphold the LIAR name.


5 posted on 03/27/2012 3:14:55 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: topher
The movie needs some FReeping on the IMDB. It currently has a rating of only 4.3 (out of 10) — even though 53.2% of the raters gave it a 10/10. Only 23.2% of the voters rated it a 1/10 (probably all by people who never saw the movie.

The problem is that, as with any “controversial” movie, the vote distribution is distinctly bimodal (mostly 10s or 1s). IMDB uses a secret algorithm to underweight extreme votes, as explained below. The best way to help this movie get the rating it deserves — vote “7”, “8”, or “9”. If you vote “10”, your vote will be heavily discounted. Here's the explanation from IMDB:

“IMDb publishes weighted vote averages rather than raw data averages. Various filters are applied to the raw data in order to eliminate and reduce attempts at ‘vote stuffing’ by individuals more interested in changing the current rating of a movie than giving their true opinion of it.

The exact methods we use will not be disclosed. This should ensure that the policy remains effective. The result is a more accurate vote average.”

FReep it — the IMDB ratings carry a lot of weight with movie fans.

6 posted on 03/27/2012 3:18:28 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: topher

Has anyone here seen this? How about a review?

If it’s a good movie on its own merits I’ll go see it, but I don’t enjoy preachy movies.


7 posted on 03/27/2012 3:24:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: freeangel
You know... it's just a shame that a half-white, half-arab mulatto who was trained in socialism and Marxism was elected President and has done such a bad job, and claims to be 'black'. If I were 'black' (and I have been for short periods of time), I would be ashamed of the 'white Negro'.

Couldn't the black part of America's populace find someone better?

Heck, I voted for Herman Cain.

8 posted on 03/27/2012 3:25:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: topher

I’m not in the film business, but everything I see indicates that pro-family, pro-life movies are steady and reliable, if not often big money-earners.

As such, why the complaints that “big studios” don’t back them? Can’t they find plenty of financial backers? Do they need the studios for distribution?


9 posted on 03/27/2012 3:27:57 PM PDT by PGR88
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Yeah, healing and forgiveness are sooooo controversial... oh yeah, the movie didn't present abortion in a celebratory light, that's what was "controversial" in their eyes. Can't let the inconvenient facts that some have survived abortion (e.g. Gianna Jesson), that they aren't "blobs of tissue" or "unviable masses," but living human beings worthy of the right-to-life.
10 posted on 03/27/2012 3:28:50 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: topher

This is the first I have heard of it.
Once the enemy of the state (ordinary taxing paying God fearing Americans) starts talking about this film word of mouth watch the sales soar northward.
If it is a decent film on its own that is.


11 posted on 03/27/2012 4:07:28 PM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: topher

To compare “The Hunger Games” success to “October Baby” is a bit of a stretch. I am glad it did well but 155 million to 2 million is hardly the same. “The Hunger Games” had 3000 theater screening and October Baby had 390.....add a zero to 390 and make it 3900, it still only comes up to about 20 million using the same metrix.


12 posted on 03/27/2012 4:11:11 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

The movie is fantastic and not, “Preachy.” My Lovely felt like it was the best movie she has ever seen.

It moved me as much or more (in different ways) than Act of Valor which I also hugely recommend.


13 posted on 03/27/2012 5:15:44 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: topher

Bear left to tar pits.


14 posted on 03/27/2012 6:23:09 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I get ALL of my movies from Netflix on DVD. Very convenient. The ultimate in “on demand” watching.

October Baby and The Hunger Games are in my queue.


15 posted on 03/27/2012 7:39:58 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Jeff Chandler
I have not seen it -- not playing in the City that I live in.

I am hoping it will open on more screens so I can see it.

16 posted on 03/27/2012 7:44:02 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: napscoordinator
That is FoxNews hyping up the film, not me.

But, from what I heard of Hunger Games, teenagers would be better off seeing October Baby than what I have heard about Hunger Games.

17 posted on 03/27/2012 7:48:13 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: Jeff Chandler
I saw it at a screening last month--February.

I was nto prepared at all for the impact it
would make on me.

The acting was top-notch, the humor was relevant, clean and cute and the story just reaches into Even the hardest-of-heasts and shows the viewers what an abortion survivor/ adopted-as-ababy teenager feels when facing the truth.

This story brings forgiveness for post-abortive mothers as well.

2-boxes worth of Kleenex, bring You must.

18 posted on 03/27/2012 7:51:48 PM PDT by ExcursionGuy84
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To: Salvation; Mrs. Don-o; narses; wagglebee

Ping. Hope for this movie if this front page on FoxNews.com


19 posted on 03/27/2012 7:54:35 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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20 posted on 03/27/2012 8:01:19 PM PDT by narses
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To: topher

My wife and I seen it this weekend and LOVED IT!!!

What a beautiful story, poignant and very believable. If you want to watch a good movie, then find it and watch it.


21 posted on 03/27/2012 8:03:27 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Kindness will conquer evil)
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To: topher

My wife and I seen it this weekend and LOVED IT!!!

What a beautiful story, poignant and very believable. If you want to watch a good movie, then find it and watch it.


22 posted on 03/27/2012 8:03:39 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Kindness will conquer evil)
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To: topher

I saw this movie last weekend.

It is must see movie that will bring tears to all but the most hardened of hearts eyes.

It is a movie destined to change many people for the better who see it.

I beg all who read this to go see the movie and spread the word.

It is really that good!


23 posted on 03/27/2012 8:38:11 PM PDT by FranklinsTower
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To: topher

I saw this movie Sat. night, and it was a good film. I recommend it to all.


24 posted on 03/27/2012 9:28:58 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Jeff Chandler

My husband and I saw this movie Sat. night with friends. Our local paper (leftist) had given it a sour review, but we found the movie to be terrific and give it 4 thumbs up.

The movie is about the survivor of an attempted abortion who finds out that she is adopted, an abortion survivor, and had a twin brother who did not survive — all in one accidental disclosure. Rather than being a downer, the rest of the movie is how this angry teen is treated with love, respect, and kindness by parents, peers, and strangers as she seeks her birth mother and seeks to discovedr who she really is. There are many twists and turns in the plot, but it is well done. And, there are no steamy sex scenes and no bad language. This is family fare, as long as the kids (teen and above) already know about abortion.

It is the antithesis of The Hunger Game where the teens are forced to kill each other.


25 posted on 03/27/2012 9:37:06 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: topher

“The film fared poorly with critics, scoring a 23% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes”.... I need to ignore film critics..


26 posted on 03/28/2012 3:07:07 AM PDT by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: wagglebee

moral absolutes ping?


27 posted on 03/28/2012 3:08:10 AM PDT by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I’m there.


28 posted on 03/28/2012 6:26:06 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: Cronos
Film Critics like:

Excessive Violence, Graphic Violence, Graphic Sex, Foul Language, Nudity, poor plots...

So this film probably has very little of that!

Two very low budget movies I liked were: Bella and The Mighty Macs. Neither of those flicks had much of anything objectionable, though there was one scene in Mighty Macs I found hard to believe.

The worst of Bella was the waitress being fired for being late the 3rd time.

Compare that with your typical bloody/sexy/foul mouthed Hollywood film of today.

29 posted on 03/28/2012 6:36:37 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: All; wagglebee; BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Coleus; Salvation; little jeremiah; narses; Mrs. Don-o; ..

The closest movie theater to me, showing this movie, is over an hour away, but I intend to see it.

We need to support this kind of movie, if possible.


30 posted on 03/28/2012 9:25:22 AM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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31 posted on 03/28/2012 10:10:00 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Cronos

As compared to audience reactions on Rotten Tomatoes, which are over 94% freshness.


32 posted on 03/28/2012 10:43:55 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.)
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To: netmilsmom; wagglebee

The IMDB rating is still stuck on 4.3. There are only 620 total votes; so it wouldn’t take too many higher votes to change the rating.

Ratings on IMDB are important to movie fans. They’re one of the ways that “buzz” is built for a movie.

Everyone who cares about this should be encouraged to vote (or register and vote, if need be). Let them know that a “10” vote is heavily discounted — better to vote “7”, “8” or “9”.


33 posted on 03/28/2012 12:33:13 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

When I voted it was 620. After I voted, it was 620.

And yes, I was even signed in. ;)

You’re not going to see those numbers change, even if 100 FReepers voted.


34 posted on 03/28/2012 12:50:30 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: netmilsmom

There is a time lag, before votes show up. Still — I take your point. I do suspect that the IMDB staff is showing their bias here.


35 posted on 03/28/2012 12:56:13 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Jeff Chandler

I saw this movie yesterday in Destin, Fl.

It was beautifully made, music good and the characters were movingly believable. The story line kept you guessing.

The acting was great. The story makes you think and glad you could finally understand so many hidden truths.

Please go and thank the theaters you see it in for showing it.


36 posted on 03/28/2012 2:22:23 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: Jeff Chandler

I saw this movie yesterday in Destin, Fl.

It was beautifully made, music good and the characters were movingly believable. The story line kept you guessing.

The acting was great. The story makes you think and glad you could finally understand so many hidden truths.

Please go and thank the theaters you see it in for showing it.


37 posted on 03/28/2012 2:22:33 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: victim soul

Have seen this multiple times now due to being invited to the sneak preview and having taken family members and friends. Even after the multiple viewings, I have still enjoyed it.

When it comes out on DVD, I will definitely purchase multiple copies of it.

It’s a movie I can endorse since it’s devoid of foul language and other unsavory elements. In addition it conveys a message of love and forgiveness. I thought it was beautifully filmed as well.

I know some people who didn’t know much about the term “abortion survivor” and spent several hours on the internet learning about people like Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden (who has now started a network of other survivors). So this film will also arouse awareness of a subject little known or discussed.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, stick around for the credits as one of the actors shares a testimony.
Like the movie “Bella”, this film has the power to change some minds of people considering abortion.


38 posted on 03/30/2012 8:30:36 AM PDT by Inclines to the Right (www.maafa21.com)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA; topher
But anyone who reads the majority of the individual reviewers' comments will see a markedly different account. There are a few (predictable) tendentious screeds railing against pro-lifers and the pro-life movement, but many of the reviewers gave detailed accounts of the truth and beauty in the movie.
39 posted on 03/31/2012 5:49:21 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: victim soul
My family and I saw it in Maple Grove yesterday; it's running in about 4 or 5 theaters in the Twin Cities area right now. As we were leaving, two young guys in charge of tidying up the theater asked me how I liked it. I told them it was a powerful movie, one they should put on their must-see list.

The acting was great, as you mentioned. My family and I thought Jason Burkey was just outstanding in his role.

40 posted on 03/31/2012 5:54:25 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: topher
October Baby has earned laudatory reviews from two of my favorite movie-review sites: Christian Spotlight on Entertainment and Movieguide.org.
41 posted on 03/31/2012 6:07:21 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema; netmilsmom; topher
Exactly right! And that makes the low rating (still stuck at 4.3) all the more incongruous.

I've looked at the ratings for some “controversial” leftist movies, to see if they got a higher rating with a similar distribution of votes. They got higher ratings — but, the votes were a bit more evenly distributed. (Say 25% 10s, rather than O.B.’s 52% 10s.) IMDB’s weighting algorithm clearly heavily discounts 10’s and 1’s. Anyone who wishes to boost the score should vote “7” or “8”. If the score stays low, even when the votes are less bimodal (more widely distributed), then the only remaining explanation is bias on the part of IMDB staff.

42 posted on 03/31/2012 1:08:38 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: topher
Pinged from Terri Dailies


43 posted on 04/01/2012 10:53:24 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SunkenCiv; Cronos
The Dove Foundation (film reviews for Family Films) gives this film Five Doves:

Go to the link:

Dove Foundation Movie Review of October Baby

Some people were asking about reviews of this movie.

44 posted on 04/03/2012 10:19:34 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: topher

Many new theaters will be added on April 13, including in Virginia: Bristol, Norfolk and Roanoke.


45 posted on 04/05/2012 11:53:41 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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To: topher
I was finally able to see the movie today. Great Movie! I thought it was better and more powerful than Bella and I thought Bella was a very good movie! They must have been cutting onions in the theater I saw it in, as my eyes got very watery during the movie...

The previews before this movie showed what trash is polluting the minds of children.

There was a preview for a very violent movie called Snow White and the Huntsman.

This was a product of Disney Studios (Touchstone Pictures).

The Theater chain that showed the movie only committed after a crisis pregnancy clinic committed to purchase 750 tickets in case that many were not sold.

Then the theater chain moved the theater from one location in my city to another.

But another theater chain is also showing this movie in our area.

Local churches are promoting the movie...

46 posted on 04/13/2012 2:18:13 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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