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Release Date:
10 September 1974 (USA) See more »
A Young Girl Behind Bars... The Pain. The Abuse. The Revenge. See more »
A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls... See more » | Add synopsis »
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"Christine Parker, hardened criminal..." See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Linda Blair ... Chris Parker

Joanna Miles ... Counselor Barbara Clark

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Emma Lasko
Mary Murphy ... Miss Murphy

Janit Baldwin ... Denny
Nora Heflin ... Moco

Tina Andrews ... Josie
Sandra Ego ... Janet

Mitch Vogel ... Tom Parker

Richard Jaeckel ... Mr. Parker

Kim Hunter ... Mrs. Parker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janice Lorraine Garcia ... Child at Funeral (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Wrye 
Writing credits
Creighton Brown Burnham (book "Born Innocent")

Gerald Di Pego (written by)

Produced by
Robert W. Christiansen .... executive producer
Bruce Cohn Curtis .... producer
Rick Rosenberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Maury Winetrobe 
Casting by
Jack G. Roberts 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson  (as Philip Abramson)
Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist
Bruce Lavigna .... hair stylist
Production Management
Roger Gimbel .... vice president in charge of production
Ric Rondell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry J. Lange Jr. .... second assistant director (as Henry Lange Jr.)
Ken Swor .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tom Fairbanks .... property master (as Thomas A. Fairbanks)
Sound Department
David M. Ronne .... sound (as David Ronne)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Edesa .... gaffer (as Joe Edesa)
George Hill .... key grip
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Shearman Jr.)
Casting Department
Alan Swain .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Walkup .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
William Young .... assistant film editor (as Bill Young)
Music Department
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
Other crew
Joan Arnold .... production secretary
Barbara Carleton .... secretary to executive producers
Clyde Phillips .... assistant to executive producers (as Clyde B. Phillips)
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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The rape scene was deleted after it was blamed for influencing a group of young girls to rape an eight-year-old girl with a bottle.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
"Christine Parker, hardened criminal...", 5 February 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Disturbing, controversial NBC TV-movie, one of the most popular television-made dramas from the 1970s (regularly shown right into the '80s) has young Linda Blair fresh off "The Exorcist" and well-cast as a teen runaway facing hard time in a girls reform school. Gritty, documentary-like production filmed on a low-budget in New Mexico has (intentionally?) fuzzy sound and photography which may put some viewers off. The performances by the troubled girls, including Blair, are natural and compelling; Joanna Miles (a Carrie Snodgress look-alike) is sympathetic as a well-meaning teacher; Allyn Ann McLerie does a bravura dramatic turn in a clichéd part as a hardened housemother. The film's downbeat theme can be disheartening and difficult as an entertainment, but there are sensitive and moving sequences, and Fred Karlin contributes an evocative score. The sequence with Blair being raped by a group of girls using a toilet-brush handle caused so much controversy after its initial airing that the scene was dropped for the repeat (intact on DVD). Blair followed this up with a handful of other television stunners, and gained confidence as an actress with each one.

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