Skip to comments.‘Gimme Shelter’: Film a Game Changer in Abortion Debate?
Posted on 01/24/2014 11:21:50 AM PST by Kaslin
Hollywood better be careful if it values its ability to insult and alienate conservative Americans. On the heels of the implicitly patriotic and plainly pro-military “Lone Survivor” comes an even less likely studio offering. “Gimme Shelter” will be out in wide release and boasts an A-list cast – and it’s the story of a young girl risking everything to save her unborn baby.
The Ronald Krauss film follows pregnant teenager “Apple” (Vanessa Hudgens) as she flees her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson) only to face rejection from her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser) and find herself alone and desperate on the streets. Apple's luck changes when she encounters a kind hearted stranger (James Earl Jones) who guides her to a shelter for girls fighting to save their lives – and the lives growing within them. More after the trailer.
GIMME SHELTER Trailer (1080p) - In Theaters January 24th
Poised to be a game changer in the abortion debate, “Gimme Shelter,” is set coming out in theaters January 24. In addition to big Hollywood names Hudgens, Dawson, Fraser and Jones, the film boasts stars Stephanie Szostak, Emily Meade, and Ann Dowd.
Based on a true story, the film showed the gritty reality many pregnant teenage girls face and the mainstream culture tries to hide. The film drew inspiration from Kathy DiFiore, founder of Several Sources Shelters for young pregnant women. DiFiore, recognized by several U.S. presidents as well as Mother Teresa for her work, allowed the filmmaker Krauss to visit her shelter.
While there, Krauss found his motivation. “When I’d only been there a short time, I saw a young girl standing in front of the shelter,” Krauss said. Despite 18-degree weather, she had “walked about 25 miles to get there, with no coat and three months pregnant.” He let her in, he continued, and, “When she heard there was room for her, she grabbed me and hugged me so hard she almost knocked me over.”
“That hug,” he emphasized, “was the inspiration for the movie.”
Krauss never forgot the connection between his film and reality, inviting the shelters girls and their babies to star in his movie as well as influence the script and casting.
The big name stars appeared just as connected to their roles. As for the lead, Hudgens emphasized, It was an opportunity to completely transform myself. She continued, The story, which is based on the lives of several young women who stayed at the shelter, is completely terrifying, which was all the more reason why I wanted to do it.
Fraser donated his entire salary to the shelter while Dawson admitted, You dont have to be a teenage mom to connect to this. Its about finding a space where you can have trust and faith and belief in yourself. Its really a journey of discovery.
I haven’t seen this movie. I avoid theatres. It’s way too expensive. I hadn’t planned to watch it because I assumed it somehow held a liberal political message.
When I can rent it for $2.00 I may watch it.
Re-read what you wrote — slowly. Then reflect on why Hollywood might not feel very motivated to produce more movies with a conservative “political message”.
Do not misunderestimate the power of the box office.
Ain't gonna' change nuttin'. Abortion is here to stay. I get a kick out of how it's ignored whenever they talk about the biggest killers of infants, and never once include the 1,300,000 babies slaughtered every year here in the good old United States.
You make a good point there. I did go out of my way to see Atlas Shrugged (Part I) in a theater. I had to travel for that one.
I may have to shell out the money for it. I default to assume liberal messages in these military movies.
Mind changed. Congrats!
thanks for the reminder about “butts in seats” making a difference
This isn’t the kind of movie I’d ordinarily pay attention to, but the trailer and description are just captivating.
This movie has already been panned by the critics...FWIW.
If it has been panned by the usual critics, it may be worth seeing.
I am always very suspicious of Hollywood. On the one hand, they don’t make socially conservative movies so if one comes out, its a welcomed surprise. But sometimes bad movies are made and Hollywood tries to sell them to a target audience, like conservatives, by playing up a socially conservative theme. They sucker you into going to a bad movie by putting the word out that it has a conservative theme.
That does not surprise me at all
When I can rent it for $2.00 I may watch it.
What a cheapskate you are *rme*
Well then, what does one call 55,000,000
aborted murdered Children at the hands of those same Feminists, Democrats and "Pro-Choicers?"
I'd call that a War on Children.
Now who holds the moral high-ground? (That would be those of us who defend those who cannot defend themselves --- that's who.)
I trust you'll do like the rest of us and IGNORE what the so-called "critics" have to say and go see the movie?
There’s a leftist windbag* (douchebag, too) that writes for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette who actually gave it a very good review today.
*Honestly, you’d have to read some of the crap he’s spewed over the last several years to believe it...
“This movie has already been panned by the critics”
The critics ALWAYS pan movies with non-Kommie messages. I quit paying any attention to the Kommie “critics” ages ago and read only viewer critiques.
What they are doing is projecting their guilt on to us and hope it sticks. It is them who are holding wars on women and on children
If it makes one church extend their hospitality and outreach to women facing an untimely or difficult pregnancy, it's worth it.
Portraying the truth in a powerful way ---- is always worth it.
My word be that goes forth from my mouth, shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Have you seen Juno? It actually received good reviews, which is surprising as it is pro-life.
FYI..if you've forgotten, ( or never knew)
here's the song , with lyrics
I don’t think Juno was pro life as much as it thought of teenage pregnancy as a funny joke-vagely remember it. “Bella” was much better.
Hmmm....maybe the membership of “Friends of Abe” has been growing lately?
I know I was surprised to see Hunger Games hit the big screen with the message mostly intact (so far anyway—one episode to go yet) given its obvious slant against a tyrannical, centralized, government and its emphasis on individual liberty.
I still think Hunger Games is quietly creating a legion of young people who are going to be skeptical of DC much earlier in their lives than would have been the case otherwise. This is why the NSA snooping scandal cut so deep into the youth support for Obama I suspect.
We may not be able to stop all abortions, but we can stop some of them. Even if we just stop 50 abortions a year at the local late-term abortuary, by talking to and offering help to the girls and women who are on their way there, it’s something; it’s fifty more babies who are not torn, burned, and stabbed to death. Fifty lives at this clinic alone are worth something. Every life is worth something to God. Every woman who is dissuaded from murdering her child is saved from the subsequent guilt and misery.
Yes, I think movies like this can help. They help change the culture a little at a time.
Conservatives I know all come away from Hunger Games realizing how much the capitol city reminds them of DC/hollywood. I don't think liberals connect the dots at all. As you said, hopefully the younger generation can use this as a reference point to identify the problems we face.
Looks like it may be worth seeing.
Glad I found this article. Several days ago, I saw just the top part of a still ad for this movie and I thought it was an ad for a remastered version of the Stones movie. Because of my beliefs, I looked no further at the advert and in fact, was a little peeved that the movie would be foisted on yet another generation.
I’m glad that it is a positive story of a young woman seeking to have her baby instead of killing it.
The scriptwriter (Diablo Cody) and the gal who played the lead (Ellen Page) went out of their way to say in interviews that they're pro-"choice", which made it possible for huge numbers of reviewers to say it was a sharp movie about a strong heroine who is independent, intelligent, self-directed, spunky, and walks out of an abortion clinic in order to sisterhood-is-powerful, I-am-woman-hear-me-roar, have the baby.
It puts a non-stereotypical spin on it, which means its seen and taken to heart by a 10x bugger audience than it otherwise would have had.
Yes, "Bella" was great and I loved it. But "Juno" made the point to a different audience, and in a savvier way.
I hope "Gimme Shelter" continues reaching audiences other than the Teen Christian Clubs. It puts the "reach" into "outreach."
>>As you said, hopefully the younger generation can use this (Hunger Games) as a reference point to identify the problems we face.<<
Well, it wouldn’t hurt if a few conservative politicians started to draw the obvious connections for them, in ads, speeches, etc. I can just imagine the opportunity Ronald Reagan would see here. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of our current crop of politicians either seeing it, or using it effectively.
I have, however, noticed that some liberal politicians have tried to latch onto a sort of Hunger Games analogy occasionally, perhaps in an effort to throw conservative ones off the scent?
Anyway, conservatives and libertarians are missing the boat if they continue to ignore Hunger Games. I’d bet that well over half the people in this country between the ages of 14 and 24 have read the books, or seen the movies (two so far), or both. I’m still amazed Hollywood produced the movies. As I said at the outset, perhaps the Friends of Abe are multiplying?
To find locations for the movie, see their website:
I’m willing to travel 50 miles.
“..I quit paying any attention to the Kommie critics ages ago and read only viewer critiques.”
It’s been reported that real people have stayed in the theater to talk about the movie, and especially young people, were crying.
Of course, Norma was not seeking an abortion, she moved from being a part of the pro-abortion movement to making penance for being the Roe of Roe v. Wade
I have met her personally several times since then (Norma). She remembered me at the last occasion in 2005.
The aspect of the book (Won by Love) that mirrors Gimme Shelter is that the world outside of Prolife folks can be very ugly. This is in contrast to how prolifers treat people.
Why do I say this? The first time I met Norma McCorvey she came up to me and hugged me. I was in the Operation Rescue office in Dallas that was side by side with the abortion clinic that Norma was working in. I came to the office because I had written a prolife song to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic... Not to meet Norma... It was someone in the office (Rhonda -- a key person in the book Won by Love) who told that it was Norma McCorvey who had just hugged me...
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