"Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops, a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly dissolves into a media circus.

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  1. Alexander Payne

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jim Taylor


Top Billed Cast

  1. Laura Dern

    Laura Dern

    Ruth Stoops

  2. Swoosie Kurtz

    Swoosie Kurtz

    Diane Siegler

  3. Kurtwood Smith

    Kurtwood Smith

    Norm Stoney

  4. Mary Kay Place

    Mary Kay Place

    Gail Stoney

  5. Kelly Preston

    Kelly Preston


  6. M.C. Gainey

    M.C. Gainey


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 44m

Budget $3,000,000.00

Revenue $153,155.00

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Release Information

  • December 13, 1996
    R, Theatrical



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