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  • Actors: Linda Blair, Joanna Miles, Allyn Ann McLerie, Mary Murphy, Janit Baldwin
  • Directors: Donald Wrye
  • Writers: Creighton Brown Burnham, Gerald Di Pego
  • Producers: Bruce Cohn Curtis, Rick Rosenberg, Robert W. Christiansen
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Born Innocent" on IMDb

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A 14-year-old runaway (Linda Blair) is placed in the care of the state. She is soon to find out her existence means little to many, trapped in the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, she will be hard pressed to meet anyone willing to hear her unsung plea for help. Digitally mastered and uncut - contains the original graphic rape scene! Bonus Features: VCI Previews| Actor Bios| Chapter Selection Menu. Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital Mono; 99 minutes; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1974; SRP - $5.99.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Greenberg on May 24, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a powerful and moving film about a young girl's rejection by an unloving family and her odyssey through jail, court and a State Home for Girls. But mainly it is about the loss of innocence, loss of faith in self and in others, and of optimism and of hope.
When this made for television film first aired on NBC in 1974, it produced a storm of controversy due to its graphic depiction of abuses in a State Home for Girls. Filmed on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the story chronicles the imprisonment and family life of 14 year old runaway Christine Parker, played by Linda Blair in an almost flawless performance. Intelligent and a good student, but confronted with an abusive father and alcoholic mother, she is a chronic runaway and is ultimately made a ward of the State at the behest of her parents. Christine is arrested by the local police and placed overnight in an adult jail, sharing a dormitory with adult inmates, an unfortunate practice that still continues to this day in some jurisdictions. From here she is transferred to a jail for juveniles, made a ward of the court and ulimately sent to a State Home for Girls, where she is subjected to numerous abuses, mainly by other residents at the Home, and culminating in her rape with the handle of a toilet scrubber brush by other female residents in her dormitory. The film manages to avoid predictable stereotypes in its portrayal of even the most predatory teenage residents. They are presented as multi-dimensional characters, disfunctional yet human.
Christine tries unsuccessfully to escape and is placed in the isolation unit. Here she confides to her teacher, played with exceptional ability by Joanna Miles, that she had been raped.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr Doug Gordon on July 26, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I was really lucky to be able to find a new copy of this movie on VHS. I remember it well from it's first broadcast in 1974 on NBC, and all the controversy it generated due to [a rape] scene. This scene was edited from reruns, but is in tact on video. Linda Blair plays a teenage runaway that ends up in juvenile hall due to her parents request & constant running away. It was made during an era on Network TV when they were trying to convey a message in the movies they broadcast. The fashions, the hairstyles and the classic acting by Linda Blair, make this a must own for anyone that appreciates the classic made-for-tv movies of the '70s.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By jon sieruga on December 26, 2004
Format: DVD
No one mentions the other inmates of the juvenile asylum, but the young actresses playing Denny and Moco are scarily effective, and Tina Andrews, the young girl playing Josie(who can also be seen as one of Marcia Brady's school-friends in the 'Davy Jones' episode on 'The Brady Bunch' as well as a student in 'Conrack'), gives a tightly-controlled performance; when her mother comes for a visit, Josie cries, mocking her: 'When ya comin' home? I miss you, Josie'." That's good acting. As for Linda Blair: she's always reliable and solid, but here it takes her a little while to warm up. In the admissions office near the beginning, Linda is a bit too somnambulistic("I don't think I need to be here"), but minutes later, when she has discovered her father brought her suitcase from home, Linda gets the juices going: "Who brought it? Why didn't you tell me he was here?" This is a wrenching moment. In this horrible place, with ugly walls and sterile decor, Chris is being jerked this way and that--and then come to find out, her own father was just there and didn't even want to talk to her. It's a powerful movie, and should touch anyone who's had a troubled youth. The low-budget, documentary quality of the movie was deliberate(it looked this way even on it's first TV airing), and the DVD will only enhance its 'dated' look, but at the time it was a ratings bonanza and made Linda Blair one of the highest paid actresses working in telefilms. Her next two, "Sarah T. Portrait of a Teenage Alcholic" and "Sweet Hostage" are even better than this one, but are, sadly, still in the DVD vaults.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin S.Butler on October 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
In this gritty and uncomprimising look at the violent and dark
world of girl's reform schools.
Linda Blair gives her best screen performance as a frightened and all too trusting teen.Who deals with her father's abuse and her mother's drinking by running away.
Eventually,"Chris Parker's"(Ms.Blair's)Parents have had enough of their daughter's supposedly uncontrollable behavior and the thoughless and neglegent pair send the poor girl to a juvenile insitution
for teenage girls.
Where Poor Ms.Blair is abused and raped by some of the dangerous and insane inmates and she recieves no mercy from
the school's equally abusive and thoughtless housemother:"Mrs.
Emma Lasko"(Allyn Ann McClaire..Best remembered for playing
another authoritative lout:"Mrs.Rubner"on the short lived:"Tony
Randall Show").
Ms.Blair's"Chris Parker"is not without at least one friend.
A kindly teacher,who tries to get the young girl to improve her-self.So that she can impress the school officals to the
point.Where she can go home for a brief visit and hopefully
she can remain with her family.
But once at home,"Chris"finds out that nothing has changed.
Her father:"Ben Parker"(played by the late Richard Jakel..best
remembered as the obnoxious federal agent in the movie version
of"Starman")is still an abusive and vicious lout.
Who feels that her daughter belongs in that school and that he
has done nothing wrong..that he is not reasonsible for her daughter's difficulty in staying home and the mother(played by
Ms.Kim Hunter.."Dr.Zeria"in "The Planet Of The Apes"movies)can
only deal with her husband's mean sprirted attitude by reaching
for the bottle.
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