October Baby (2011)

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  • IMDb page: October Baby (2011)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 5,795 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 12 April 2013 (Spain)
  • Runtime: USA:107 min
  • Filming Location: Helena, Alabama, USA
  • Gross: $5,355,847 (USA) (8 June 2012)
  • Director: Alex Kendrick
  • Stars: Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, John Schneider | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Paul Mills   
  • Soundtrack: Ocean Floor
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Journey | Abortion | Revelation | Life | Road Trip

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Andrew Erwin  story
  • Jon Erwin  story
  • Jon Erwin  written by
  • Theresa Preston  written by
  • Cecil Stokes  story

Known Trivia

  • Inspired by the true story of Gianna Jessen, who survived a saline abortion in California in 1977. 29 of 33 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The abortion that Hannah and her brother survived is based on a 1991 case in New York City, in which Dr. Abu Hayat removed the arm from a fetus, then sent the mother home with instructions to return the next day to have the procedure completed. The mother went into labor and delivered her living, maimed infant in a hospital. 23 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • As a frame for understanding how often abortions result in live births, Willard Cates, then head of the Abortion Surveillance Branch of the Centers for Disease Control, told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1981 that 400 to 500 live births during abortion attempts were reported to the CDC annually, and that he believed that there were many more, since reporting a live birth to the authorities was “like turning yourself in to the IRS for an audit.” In comparison, roughly 300 people in the US are struck by lightning annually. 17 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Continuity: When Jason is packing his clothes in the hotel before leaving New Orleans, he is speaking to Alana, and the same shot is shown twice of him picking up a pile of clothes that includes a red, gray and white striped shirt. He picks the pile up, puts it in his bag, another angle is shown and then he is shown picking up the exact same pile from the same spot and putting it in his bag again.

Plot: A college freshman's world is rocked when she learns she is the adopted survivor of a failed abortion. Full summary »  »

Story: As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah-unscripted-collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah learns that every life is beautiful. Written byJon Erwin


Synopsis: 19-year-old freshman Hannah has always felt like an outsider. Something is missing. Although she is an incredible stage actor with a lovable naivety, She has always had a deep seated feeling that she has no right to exist. Because of escalating health and psychological problems her parents reveal to her that she was adopted and was never told because of the shocking and heartbreaking circumstances surrounding her birth. With her identity and world thrown into turmoil she sets out on a spring break road trip to New Orleans with her best friend Jason, his girlfriend and a host of misfits piled into a decrepit VW minibus. Everyone else is on the ride for good times, but Hannah is determined to use the opportunity to return to the city of her birth and find the answers she craves – something her overprotective father has forbidden her to do. As she finds herself closer than ever to the truth, she also finds herself closer than ever to Jason, and sparks begin to fly between the two – something his girlfriend Alanna finds infuriating. Finally Hannah and Jason embark alone to Mobile, Alabama, the city of her birth, and Hannah discovers that sometimes the truth can be more painful than a lie and she must choose between confronting her birth mother or returning home. Ultimately Hannah discovers the freedom she has always wanted and the true power of forgiveness.

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Produced By:

  • Dan Atchison known as producer
  • John Bauman known as associate producer
  • Andrew Erwin known as executive producer
  • Jon Erwin known as executive producer
  • Jon Erwin known as producer
  • Dave Alan Johnson known as executive producer
  • Kristopher Kimlin known as associate producer
  • T.K. McKamy known as associate producer
  • Cecil Stokes known as producer
  • Justin Tolley known as producer
  • Joshua Walsh known as associate producer (as Josh Walsh)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Rachel Hendrix known as Hannah
  • Jason Burkey known as Jason
  • John Schneider known as Jacob
  • Jennifer Price known as Grace
  • Colleen Trusler known as Alanna
  • James Austin Johnson known as Truman (as Austin Johnson)
  • Amisho Lewis known as Drama Coach
  • Mary Tolley known as Julia Armen (as Mary Wheeler)
  • Corey Winston known as Hospital Attendant (as Cory Winston)
  • Lance E. Nichols known as Dr. Stewart (as Lance Nichols)
  • Rhett Hendrix known as Library Guy
  • Chris Sligh known as Bmac
  • Joy Brunson known as Danielle
  • Diego Montiel known as Diego
  • Robert Amaya known as Beach Cop
  • Walter K. Jordan known as Hotel Clerk (as Walter Jordan)
  • Tracy Miller known as Sgt. Dodd
  • Maria Atchison known as Law Secretary
  • Jasmine Guy known as Nurse Mary
  • Shari Rigby known as Cindy Hastings
  • Tom Clark known as Mr. Hastings
  • Rodney Clark known as Priest
  • Tawny Stephens known as New Mom
  • Lily Raffield known as New Baby
  • Brian Gall known as Security
  • Don Sandley known as Psychologist
  • John Walden known as Radio Announcer
  • Andrew Erwin known as Himself – Director of 'October Baby' (uncredited)
  • Jon Erwin known as Himself – Director of 'October Baby' (uncredited)
  • Carl Conway Maguire known as Lance (uncredited)
  • Chuck Waldrop known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Bri Wright known as Audience Member (uncredited)

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  • Janelle Cochrane known as key makeup artist
  • Diane Crocker known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jennifer Hill known as makeup artist
  • Charlene Perry known as special makeup effects artist

Art Department:

  • Joshua Davenport known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Gravitas
  • Provident Films

Other Companies:

  • Alabama Film Office  special thanks
  • Alabama Production Group  grip and lighting equipment
  • Samford University  special thanks
  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG)  special thanks
  • Tai Audio  audio equipment provided by
  • Tai Audio  walkies provided by

Additional Details


  • Provident Films (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Christian Art Media (2012) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • Christian Art Media (2012) (South Africa) (DVD)
  • Christian Art Media (2012) (South Africa) (TV)

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MPAA: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material


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