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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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She Was Born to Be Brutalized ... See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the edited re-airings in the 1980s, the movie disappeared from circulation completely. In 2004 VCI Entertainment released it on DVD with the rape scene intact, the first time it had been seen by the general public in 30 years. See more »

Goofs

The map used in geography class is that of 1914 Europe. See more »

Quotes

Chris Parker: [to Moco] Congratulations. The baby is dead.
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Alternate Versions

European release includes rape with a plunger-handle scene cut from US version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Initiation of Sarah (2006) See more »

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Still Controversial
30 September 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This film will always be one of the most controversial in the history of film. It is still hard for me to watch it and it is still a very brutal film to look at. You really do see how the juvenile justice system instead of rehabilitating kids eventually makes them even more hardened and eventually they will graduate to even more serious crimes. This film definitely drives that point home like no other in the history of television.


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