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Citizen Ruth (1996)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 13, 1996
DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 8, 2003

Budget $3,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country USA

Studio Miramax

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Other Titles
• Citizen Ruth
• The Devil Inside (1996)
• Meet Ruth Stoops
• Precious

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Genre: Comedy, Satire, Political, Society, Gay/Lesbian, Spy, Culture Clash, Prison

Tagline: Life, liberty, money and the pursuit of happiness. She's gotta have it.

Plot: A satirical look at the abortion issue, that takes jabs at both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice proponents.

Ruth Stoops, a low-class, unintelligent, unfit mother of four discovers while in jail that she's pregnant again. The judge charges her with endangering the fetus, but tells her in confidence that he'll reduce the charges if she has an abortion.

When word of this gets out, it changes Ruth's life dramatically, as she becomes caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between Pro-Lifers and fervent Pro-Choicers, each of whom want to use Ruth to get their messages and propaganda across. The proceedings escalate to bizarre proportions -- and in the process Ruth is virtually forgotten about. That is, until Ruth makes a decision about her pregnancy...

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 Directed by
Alexander Payne
Sideways, About Schmidt, Election
 Written by
Alexander Payne
Sideways, About Schmidt, Election
Jim Taylor
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Laura Dern
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Swoosie Kurtz
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Kurtwood Smith
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Mary Kay Place
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Kelly Preston
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M.C. Gainey
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Tippi Hedren
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 Music By
Rolfe Kent
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