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"Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy’s film on the pre-Roe underground abortion network features strong performances...a studious examination of a past that could, terrifyingly, become our future. "- The Guardian

Chicago, 1968. As a city and the nation are poised on the brink of violent political up- heaval, suburban housewife Joy leads an ordinary life with her husband and daughter. When Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening condition, she must navigate a medical establishment unwilling to help. Her journey to find a solution to an impossible situation leads her to the “Janes,” a clandestine organization of women who provide Joy with a safer alternative — and in the process, change her life.

Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy takes the reins as director and executes a riveting nar- rative, partially based on true events surrounding the Jane Collective, who provided thousands of abortions during a four-year period through their covert and precise mobilization. Supported by an impressive cast, Elizabeth Banks delivers a remarkable lead performance as Joy, whose determination and strength of character holds relevance more than a half-century later. Call Jane poses urgent questions about systemic barriers, the ever-shifting nature of politics, and the struggle for women to maintain control of their bodies.

Rating Information:
abortion theme, sex references, drug misuse, strong language
Run time:
121 mins
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Phyllis Nagy
Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, Wunmi Mosaku
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