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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.

Director:

Donald Wrye
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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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Genres:

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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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I felt like I was watching a documentary
13 February 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

This was New Mexico, but I have seen many such facilities during my time as a foster caseworker over nine years in Texas. The only thing that was outside my knowledge was the isolation. I cannot imagine that any facility has a solitary confinement room.

The terrible tragedy of young women depicted in this film was real. Abuse and neglect by parents who cannot and will not take the time to raise their children properly and are surprised when they rebel.

Christine never had a chance. She was kicked out by an abusive father and a mother who could not defend her. She was probably getting beaten herself. She was thrown in with too many others who had problems of their own that were not being addressed.

After abuse at home and in the system, she hardened just like prisoners do and was forever lost.

15-year-old Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Linda Blair was magnificent in this realistic film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacida inocente See more »

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Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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