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Vera Drake

Rating:R (for depiction of strong thematic material)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:October 10, 2004
Running time:125 minutes
Cast:Imelda Staunton, Daniel Mays, Alex Kelly, Adrian Scarborough, Heather Craney
Director:Mike Leigh
Producer:Simon Channing-Williams
Writer:Mike Leigh
Distributor:New Line Cinema

Description: Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the practice itself was illegal in 1950s England, Vera sees herself as simply helping women in need, and always does so with a smile and kind words of encouragement. When the authorities finally find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel.

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