HBO will air the 1996 Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated film If These Walls Could Talk, examining abortion through three stories set in 1952, 1974 and 1996, on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. The film will also be available to stream for the first time on HBO Max.
Directed by Cher and Nancy Savoca, the film stars Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek, Cher, Xander Berkeley, Hedy Burress, Anne Heche, Jada Pinkett Smith, Shirley Knight and CCH Pounder.
The film originally aired on HBO on Oct. 13, 1996, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, and was a landmark high for HBO female viewership, according to HBO.
The film is an intimate portrait of three women living in the same house during different eras who all face unplanned pregnancies. The vignettes follow a recently widowed nurse (Moore) struggling to take control of her life in the early ’50s, a mother of four (Spacek) balancing raising a family and maintaining a career in the ’70s, and a student (Heche) making a difficult decision with the help of one woman (Cher) that will change the course of both their lives in the ’90s.
“We are so grateful to HBO for allowing us to make this film and the conversations it inspired in 1996,” executive producer Suzanne Todd said in a statement. “HBO Max making it available to a new generation of audiences will hopefully once again bring attention to the issue of women’s healthcare.”
The film was nominated for four Emmys, including Outstanding Television Movie; and three Golden Globes, including for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television (Moore), and Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television (Cher). Jada Pinkett Smith was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
Directed by Cher (1996 segment) and Nancy Savoca (1952 and 1974 segments), the film is written by Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace and Nancy Savoca and executive produced by Demi Moore and Suzanne Todd.