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Prison for Children (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  14 March 1987 (USA)
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Sentenced to incarceration until 21, a boy plans his desperate escape.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Parsons
Thomas Holmes
Jonathan Chapin ...
Gordie Wright ...
Mr. Platt
Angela Brannon
David Royce
Thomas R. Zak
William Bryant
Aaron Makinen
Robert Anderson
Brad Arkin
Tom Becker


Sentenced to incarceration until 21, a boy plans his desperate escape.

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They took his freedom. They stole his innocence. But they couldn't break his spirit.







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1 August 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

Yet another TV film that attempts to shed light on a pressing social issue(juvenile offenders and the facilities that are supposed to protect and rehabilitate them)but instead exploits it's more tawdry side. A teenage boy who perpetually runs afoul of the law is sent to a youth home for boys where intimidation, stabbings, and gang rape are the norm. Perhaps John Ritter conned himself into believing that making this film might actually make a difference(he's the new superintendant of the school who tries to pass reforms), or maybe he was just trying to pay the rent between THREE'S COMPANY and HOOPERMAN. No intimidation-in-the-shower scenes that I can recall, and no graphic violence(all the rapes and what-not are performed off-camera). Still, the very mention of these things in a boys' home(and all the homosexual overtones)must have been pretty risque, even in the eighties. A companion film to BORN INNOCENT.

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