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Born Innocent (1974)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 September 1974
Young girl runs away from her abusive family only to end up in a juvenile detention center for girls where she's raped and brutalized by her sadistic peers. Only one honest social worker shows interest in helping her.

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Donald Wrye
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Linda Blair ... Chris Parker
Joanna Miles ... Counselor Barbara Clark
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Emma Lasko
Mary Murphy ... Miss Murphy
Janit Baldwin ... Denny
Nora Heflin Nora Heflin ... Moco
Tina Andrews ... Josie
Sandra Ego Sandra Ego ... Janet
Mitch Vogel ... Tom Parker
Richard Jaeckel ... Mr. Parker
Kim Hunter ... Mrs. Parker
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Storyline

A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, and only one care worker sees her potential to rise above her tragic circumstances. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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A Young Girl Behind Bars... The Pain. The Abuse. The Revenge. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacida inocente See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2003 interview with E! Linda Blair confessed the rape scene was very difficult for her to do. "You go through all the motions of being raped... you come out of it feeling pretty raped. That did not sit well with me at all." See more »

Goofs

When Chris first comes out of the shower stall at the bequest of Denny (waving a toilet brush) and Moco, the two girls are standing close together to Chris's right and left, but a longer shot of Chris peering around them shows Denny further down from the stall. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Counselor Barbara Clark: You lied...
Chris Parker: [cold tone] Big deal.
Counselor Barbara Clark: I don't know what to do now.
Chris Parker: [shrugs] What's the difference?
[Chris walks away and up to her group]
Chris Parker: Moco, give me a cigarette!
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Alternate Versions

The rape was by plunger-handle and was cut from the repeat broadcasts by the network; however, all US video prints include the rape scene in it's entirety. See more »

Connections

Featured in E! True Hollywood Story: Linda Blair (1999) See more »

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Haunting and Heartbreaking....
18 February 2006 | by babeth_jrSee all my reviews

I was 13 years old when I first saw this movie on TV in 1974 and just recently had the chance to watch it again for the first time. After 32 years I was surprised at how well this made for TV movie had held up. The film centers around Chris Parker, a 14 year old girl played by the excellent young actress Linda Blair, who after running away from home several times due to her dysfunctional home life ends up in a state "home" for girls. The facility she is in is in reality a reform school for young women with varying degrees of mental problems due to their lack of love and guidance at home. It is very apparent that Chris doesn't belong there, she is not a criminal, just a troubled young girl who desperately wants the love and attention she was denied at home. I remember being shocked 32 years ago when I watched the infamous rape scene in the shower, and the DVD I rented from Netflix has this scene still intact. Seeing it after all the years didn't lessen the impact of the brutality and reality of this rape. I have read where this pivotal scene has been edited out of some viewings of "Born Innocent", and as awful as this sounds, the scene is central to the movie, and in explaining how Chris ends up being no longer innocent, as she was before she went to the "home". This is one of the best made for TV movies ever made. This DVD can be rented from Netflix, and I highly recommend it, even though it will leave you feeling sad in the end.


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