New Release: Born Innocent DVD

Born Innocent movie scene

Teenage runaway Linda Blair falls victim to the juvenile justice system in Born Innocent.

The groundbreaking 1974 television movie Born Innocent, starring Linda Blair (The Exorcist), was released on DVD by Hen’s Tooth Video on June 21, 2011.

In the TV film, Blair stars as Chris Parker, a 14-year-old repeat runaway who has been detained by police. When her father (Richard Jaeckel, The Drowning Pool) refuses to take her back, Chris is made a ward of the court and sent to the State Home for Girls. There, she falls victim to an indifferent juvenile justice system that cannot help the troubled teens it merely warehouses.

Based on the book by Creighton Brown Burnham, the movie is directed by Donald Wrye (Ice Castles) and co-stars Joanna Miles, Allyn Ann McLerie and Mary Murphy.

This DVD edition includes a graphic rape scene considered so shocking in the movie’s initial NBC network broadcast that it was cut from subsequent syndication prints.

Born Innocent was previously issued on DVD by VCI back in 2004 but has been out-of-print for several years.

No special features are on the DVD, which carries the list price of $19.95.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.