Citizen Ruth


1h 42m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Ruth Stoops is a down-on-her-luck drifter who gets two pieces of unexpected news after a "routine" arrest: she's pregnant for the fifth time, and she's facing felony charges. Behind closed doors, the judge offers Ruth an intriguing proposition: if she agrees to visit the doctor and "take care of her

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

Ruth Stoops is a down-on-her-luck drifter who gets two pieces of unexpected news after a "routine" arrest: she's pregnant for the fifth time, and she's facing felony charges. Behind closed doors, the judge offers Ruth an intriguing proposition: if she agrees to visit the doctor and "take care of her problem," he just might reduce her charges. But moments later, Ruth is joined in her cell by a group of passionate housewives just in from a raid on the local abortion clinic. In no time, Ruth is out on bail thanks to her kindly cellmates, who are more than willing to adopt her until she has the baby. But having that baby wasn't exactly what Ruth had in mind... For unsuspecting Ruth, it's just the beginning of a series of chaotic twists and turns that will introduce her to fanaticism on both sides of one of the most divisive issues of our times, all clamoring to make her a national symbol for their movements and give her a very unwanted fifteen minutes of fame.

Crew

Stephen Abariotes

Grip

Andy Anderson

Camera Operator

Dan Auerbach

Assistant Camera Operator

Gregg Barbanell

Foley Artist

Pamela Winn Barnett

Post-Production Supervisor

John E Bates

Projectionist

Lisa Beach

Casting

Richard Bernt

Stand-In

Tony Blondal

Music

James Bolt

Rerecording

Carla Bowen

Assistant Director

John Branch

Driver

Kevin Brennan

Gaffer

Ricardo Broadus

Sound Effects Editor

Gary Brotherton

Driver

Joe V Brunbaugh

Driver

Sarah Buchanan

Stand-In

Nick Caguioa

Craft Service

Sammy Cahn

Song

Bobby Caldwell

Song Performer

Gary Carlson

Other

Jolana Carlson

Other

Kaylene Carlson

Assistant Production Coordinator

Damienne Caron

Production Assistant

Angie Carraher

Driver

Eileen Church

Stand-In

Paula Clowers

Swing Gang

Wes Clowers

Special Effects Supervisor

Harry Cohen

Sound Designer

Scott Cohn

Unit Production Manager

Colleen Cole

Production Coordinator

Paul Curtis

Assistant

Tom Dailey

Assistant Editor

B Davis

Song

Andrew Decristofaro

Sound Editor

Andrew Decristofaro

Adr Editor

Lisa Denker

Set Decorator

Bill Dotson

Dialogue Editor

Mark Elsebusch

Sound Effects Editor

Floyd Erwin

Driver

Lisa Fahfrenkrug

Makeup

David Farmer

Sound Effects Editor

Fabio Fernandez

Assistant Property Master

Gene Fisher

Dolly Grip

Preston Fisher

On-Set Dresser

Sherri Foust

Driver

Lee Fowler

Other

J Travis Fox

Production Assistant

Jim Foyt

Projectionist

Tim Gedemer

Sound Effects Editor

Brian J Gerr

Foley Mixer

Barbara Gibbons

Wardrobe

E Glass

Song

James Glennon

Director Of Photography

Tim Gomillion

Other

Roy Hancock

Driver

Kenneth Hansen

Driver

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Lisa Hatch

Production Assistant

Stacy Heatherly

Makeup

S Hill

Song

Mark Hoffman

Camera

Miriam Hoffman

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jerry Jackson

Consultant

John Jackson

Location Casting

Dan Jensen

Assistant

Donald Jones

Driver

Barry Joyce

Grip

Keith Kelly

Driver

Suzanne Kennedy

Script Supervisor

Rolfe Kent

Music

David Kerr

Grip

Eddie King

Music

Jason King

Dialogue Editor

Kelly Klosterman

Stand-In

Cathy Konrad

Producer

Seth Kotok

Production Assistant

Michael Krainak

Production Assistant

Tom Kramer

Music Editor

Heather Kritzer

Assistant Director

Michelle Kuznetsky

Music Supervisor

Craig Ladwig

Key Grip

John Latenser V

Location Manager

Tammy Lema

Makeup

Jason A Levine

Production Assistant

Marsha Lewis

Hair Stylist

Barney Limo

Assistant Editor

John Lybrand

Transportation Captain

Michael Lyle

Foley Editor

Scott Lynam

Grip

Heather Martin

Medic

Barney Mccoy

Driver

Megan Mcdonald

Assistant

Tom Mckinley

Costume Designer

Brian K Mcmanus

Hair

Michael Meehan

Grip

Karen Meisels

Casting Assistant

Paul Menichini

Sound Effects Editor

Mo Milligan

Assistant

Gina Mingacci

Assistant

Carrie Minkler

Other

John D Moody

Electrician

Angela Moos

Makeup Artist

Robert Morgenroth

Video

Michael Moser

Sound Effects Editor

Robyn Munger

Set Costumer

James B Nance

Driver

Justin Nance

Driver

Vince Nicastro

Foley Artist

Jeffrey M. O'brien

Property Master

Sid Page

Other

Jay Patterson

Sound Mixer

Alexander Payne

Music

Alexander Payne

Screenplay

Dave Peterson

Swing Gang

Tom Pinney

Boom Operator

Mary Kay Place

Music

Mary Kay Place

Song

Mary Kay Place

Theme Lyrics

Shawn Prouse

Best Boy Grip

Ron Radvinsky

Assistant Editor

Mary Ramos

Music Supervisor

Tina Raskin

Adr

Robert Reed

Assistant Engineer

Sergio Reyes

Rerecording

John E Rice

Transportation Coordinator

Laurie J Richards

Location Manager

Paul Rodriguez

Sound

R Romano

Song

Joe Sanchez

Assistant Camera Operator

Lizzie Schwartz

Assistant

Ann Scibelli

Sound Effects Editor

Billy Scoles

Driver

B Tennyson Sebastian Iii

Rerecording

Robert Sharman

Video

Kaile Shilling

Assistant

Thomas Shuckman

Location Manager

Randa Rai Slack

Script Supervisor

William Smallwood

Production

Jane Ann Stewart

Production Designer

Andrew Stone

Coproducer

Gary Sula-goff

Foley

Matt Swanson

Driver

Jim Taylor

Screenplay

Jim Taylor

Song

Kevin Tent

Editor

Tracy Thies

Art Department Coordinator

Eric Thompson

Adr Mixer

Debbie Tyler

Craft Service

Basti Van Der Woude

Assistant Director

James Van Heusen

Song

Jeff Vaughn

Adr

Paul Vecchio

Driver

Marty Vites

Dialogue Editor

Brandon Walker

Adr Editor

Doug Weaver

Transportation Co-Captain

Robert Webber

Foley Editor

Ron Wechsler

Assistant

Susan Weiler

Apprentice

James Weyerman

Electrician

Carry Wikstrom

Music Arranger

Paul Wiley

Best Boy

Jim Williams

Color Timer

Timothy Williams

Driver

Timothy Williams

Animal Trainer

Steve Wolpa

Assistant Camera Operator

Cary Woods

Producer

Harry Woolway

Sound Effects Editor

Charlie Wright

Driver

James Wright

Consultant

Kimberly Wright

Photography

Matt Yarowsky

Assistant Production Accountant

Michael Zimbrich

Associate Producer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the High Hopes Award for best up and coming producer and director at the 1997 Munich Film Festival.

Expanded Release in United States January 1, 1997

Expanded Release in United States January 17, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States May 1996

Released in United States November 1996

Released in United States on Video June 17, 1997

Released in United States Winter December 13, 1996

Re-released in United States May 9, 1997

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Market) May 9 - 20, 1996.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (in competition) August 22 - September 2, 1996.

Shown at Munich Film Festival June 28 - July 5, 1997.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.

Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (International Competition) November 8-17, 1996.

Began shooting April 7, 1995.

Completed shooting May 25, 1995.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (in competition) August 22 - September 2, 1996.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Munich Film Festival June 28 - July 5, 1997.)

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.)

Expanded Release in United States January 1, 1997

Expanded Release in United States January 17, 1997

Released in United States May 1996 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Market) May 9 - 20, 1996.)

Re-released in United States May 9, 1997 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video June 17, 1997

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (International Competition) November 8-17, 1996.)

Released in United States Winter December 13, 1996