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Return to Innocence (2001)

 -  Drama  -  13 November 2007 (USA)
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A well respected child psychologist finds his life turned upside down when he is accused of sexually molesting a young boy under his care.

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Glen Erskine
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Tommy Jackson
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Jim Aiken
Cynthia Downey ...
Suzanne Erskine
Shawn Berry ...
Chris Manning
Lou Franson ...
Nathan Moultrie
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Mark Carter
Joseph Ragusa ...
Peter Erskine
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Benjamin Erskine
Madelaine Culp ...
Judge Helen Booker
Monte Van Vleet ...
John Brantly
Brett Chukerman ...
Curtis Sloan (as Brett Charles)
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Chad Brooks
Onika Nicole Craven ...
Kay Lawford
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Lucille Drake
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Glen Erskine: A family man and the director and chief of staff of New Horizons, a group home and counseling center for abused boys. Glen is a child psychologist with impeccable credentials who has an international reputation as one of the foremost scholars in the study of male adolescent sexuality. Tommy Jackson: A victim of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse since he was an infant, Tommy is taken into custody by the Department of Social Services and placed at New Horizons after his mother is arrested by the FBI for making pornographic videos of him and selling them on the Internet. At New Horizons, Tommy's young life finally seems to be coming together. But when the nature of the love he shares with one of his counselors is discovered and their relationship is destroyed, Tommy strikes back by accusing the man he believes responsible - Glen Erskine. With that accusation, the stage is set for a dark, disturbing, and yet poignant tale of love, commitment, betrayal, forgiveness, and ... Written by Gary M. Frazier

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They took his innocence when he was seven years old. He took mine when he was thirteen.

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A "set-house" in Long Beach, California was used for 50% of the production shoot. See more »

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Jim: Once you're accused of molesting a child, there simply is no return to innocence.
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10 July 2003 | by (Maitland, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Return to Innocence" is a prevailing film about child abuse, seen from the perspective of its main character, Tommy Jackson. The movie has a documentary feel to it, and the story of a misguided kid growing up in a 'boy's home' youth shelter is nothing new, but the performances here make this a little more than just another movie about a troubled childhood. Tommy Jackson (Andrew Martin, 13, in a tremendous role) is placed into New Horizons with other abused and neglected teens. The struggle for Dr. Erskine is finding this boy's innocence hidden underneath his quiet and demoralized exterior. Erskine truly cares for the boys and is openly close to Tommy, but it is this closeness that makes him vulnerable. The fact is made very clear that children can and do lie without realizing the consequences of their falsehood. Erskine gets a first hand look at the power of a false accusation and we the audience get to come along for the ride.

Return to Innocence is not as hard-hitting as it could be, but it's still honest and straightforward. It never strives for cheap sentimentality, either, as it's moments of power seem to draw from real-life itself. Although the ending is rather open-ended, leaving you wondering if the implication is positive or negative, the director's message is absoultely present, and it personally set up a 45-minute conversation among the group of people I watched the movie with.


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