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Crime of Innocence (1985)

A family seeks justice after a girl is assaulted in jail, and the law does nothing to protect her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Judge Julius Sullivan
... Rose Hayward
Steve Inwood ... Dennis Spector
... Jodi Hayward
... Frank Hayward
... Spencer Mulholland
... Hinnerman
... Rene Peterson
... Jailor
... Police Officer
... Cory Yeager
... Lonnie
Michele Rogers ... Sarah Thompson (as Michelle Rogers)
Oceana Marr ... Mrs. Rodgers
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Two teenage girls are locked up for a minor offense by a harsh judge who thinks a night in jail will do them good. It's a traumatizing experience that includes an assault. Afterwards, one of the girls and her family seek justice against an unfair legal system. Written by Anonymous

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What the girl did was unplanned. What the judge did to her was unthinkable. See more »

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27 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Inspired by a federal civil rights class action suit known as Doe v. Burwell, which challenged the incarceration of children in the Lawrence County jail in Ironton, Ohio. See more »

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Worthwhile TV drama benefits from strong cast...
28 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

TV-movie about a rule-abiding good girl from the suburbs who gets caught up in a bit of teenage excitement and goes joy-riding with a friend; unfortunately, the kids are arrested and the strict judge throws the book at them, culminating in a rape behind bars. Exceptionally well-acted teens-in-trouble film alternates between exploitation melodrama and cautionary fable (kids, this can happen to you!). Luckily, interest is held by a top cast including Andy Griffith (positively frothing at the mouth as the old judge), Ralph Waite (excellent as the young girl's dad, who bows to legal pressure and then fights his conscience over it), and Shawnee Smith in the lead. As a teenage actress, Smith was focused and very forthright, able to rise above the soapy dross of the script by never getting carried away with her character's anger, sadness, or feelings of betrayal. She gives just what is needed, and the movie is absorbing and interesting as a result.


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