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Born Again (1978)

PG | | Biography, Drama | October 1978 (USA)
Charles Colson was involved in the infamous Watergate scandal that brought down the administration of former President Richard Nixon. Colson was sentenced to prison for the crimes he ... See full summary »


Irving Rapper


Walter Bloch, Charles Colson (book) (as Charles W. Colson)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Charles W. Colson
Anne Francis ... Patty Colson
Jay Robinson ... David Shapiro
Dana Andrews ... Tom Phillips
Raymond St. Jacques ... Jimmy Newsom
George Brent ... Judge Gerhard Gesell
Harold Hughes Harold Hughes ... Sen. Harold Hughes (as Senator Harold Hughes)
Billy Graham ... Rev. Billy Graham
Harry Spillman ... President Richard M. Nixon
Scott Walker ... Scanlon
Robert Gray Robert Gray ... Paul Kramer
Arthur Roberts ... Al Quie
Ned Wilson Ned Wilson ... Douglas Coe
Dean Brooks Dean Brooks ... Dick Howard
Christopher Conrad Christopher Conrad ... Christian 'Chris' Colson


Charles Colson was involved in the infamous Watergate scandal that brought down the administration of former President Richard Nixon. Colson was sentenced to prison for the crimes he committed in the name of "national security", and while in prison he underwent a religious conversion. This film tells the story of his life up to, including and after his conversion. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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For everyone who ever wanted a chance to start over.


Biography | Drama


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Morton Downey Jr. cannot be seen in the movie, but his voice is heard as the bible study room guard who tells Chuck Colson that Nixon is stepping down on television. See more »


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Born Again
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Craig Johnson
Sung by Larnell Harris
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Accepting Christ into Your Life
25 February 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

A strange companion piece to 'All the President's Men' that falls into two halves defined by the presence in supporting roles initially of Jay Robinson as Jewish athiest lawyer David Shapiro, who Colson befriends on the way to the White House; and then Raymond St. Jacques as a streetwise dude who takes Colson under his wing in prison. (Seen today, what Charles W. Colson actually did to be sentenced in 1973 to 1 to 3 in the slammer is far less clear to audiences than it would have seemed forty years ago.)

Directed by eighty year-old veteran Irving Rapper, it strongly resembles one of Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures of the fifties, complete with appropriate music and title song by veteran composer Les Baxter (fresh from 'Switchblade Sisters'), and like the earlier films has a superficially glossy veneer aided by familiar faces in the cast led by Disney regular Dean Jones and the radiant Anne Francis as his wife (in fact Colson's second wife, which the film doesn't tell us).

The Reverend Graham is actually billed eight in the credits on the strength of a brief clip of him addressing one of his crusades at Madison Square Gardens, and as in his fifties films embracing Jesus is depicted as an act of rebellion requiring an uphill path.

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