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Prison for Children (1987)

Sentenced to incarceration until 21, a boy plans his desperate escape.

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Larry Peerce
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raphael Sbarge ... John Parsons
Kenneth Ransom ... Thomas Holmes
Jonathan Chapin ... Chaser
Gordie Wright Gordie Wright ... Tyrone
Josh Brolin
James T. Callahan ... Mr. Platt
Betty Thomas ... Angela Brannon
John Ritter ... David Royce
Thomas R. Zak Thomas R. Zak
William Bryant ... (as Bill Bryant)
Jamie Horton
Aaron Makinen Aaron Makinen
Robert Anderson Robert Anderson
Brad Arkin Brad Arkin
Tom Becker Tom Becker
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Sentenced to incarceration until 21, a boy plans his desperate escape.

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They took his freedom. They stole his innocence. But they couldn't break his spirit.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisão para Crianças See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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David Royce: You know how many boys in this place have never been convicted of a serious crime?
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teenage-boys-in-prison flick
1 August 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

Yet another TV film that attempts to shed light on a pressing social issue(juvenile offenders and the facilities that are supposed to protect and rehabilitate them)but instead exploits it's more tawdry side. A teenage boy who perpetually runs afoul of the law is sent to a youth home for boys where intimidation, stabbings, and gang rape are the norm. Perhaps John Ritter conned himself into believing that making this film might actually make a difference(he's the new superintendant of the school who tries to pass reforms), or maybe he was just trying to pay the rent between THREE'S COMPANY and HOOPERMAN. No intimidation-in-the-shower scenes that I can recall, and no graphic violence(all the rapes and what-not are performed off-camera). Still, the very mention of these things in a boys' home(and all the homosexual overtones)must have been pretty risque, even in the eighties. A companion film to BORN INNOCENT.


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