A Case for Life

A Case for Life

Eric Laneuville (1996)

12 Certificate


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Having cut his teeth on such TV favourites as ER, NYPD Blue, St Elsewhere and LA Law, Eric Laneuville is increasingly branching out into TV movies and mini-series that tackle a range of emotive issues. However, he won't often be confronted with such a polarising problem as abortion. This social drama somewhat forces the issue by having pro-choice activist Mel Harris come to the aid of her pro-life sister, Valerie Bertinelli, when the latter develops a potentially fatal illness during her fifth pregnancy. Despite the heartstring contrivances, the discussion is still pertinent.


A woman discovers she is pregnant for the fifth time while suffering from a life-threatening illness, and must consider having an abortion - a dilemma made all the crueller by the fact that she is a passionate pro-life activist. Drama, starring Valerie Bertinelli, Mel Harris, Brian McNamara and William Bumiller.

Cast & Crew

Kelly Porter Valerie Bertinelli
Liz Hemmitt Mel Harris
Stan Porter Brian McNamara
Jim Hemmitt William Bumiller
Marian Cromwell Georgann Johnson
Bud Cromwell Richard Herd
Tom Porter Vincent Berry
Director Eric Laneuville
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video