GenreBiography, Drama ScreenplayWalter Bloch CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 1978 (1978-10) WriterWalter Bloch, Charles Colson (book) CastDean Jones (Charles W Colson), Billy Graham, Anne Francis (Patty Colson), George Brent (Judge Gerhard Gesell), Dana Andrews (Tom Phillips) Similar moviesRelated Irving Rapper movies
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Born Again is a 1978 American biographical film depicting the involvement of Charles W. Colson in the Watergate scandal, his subsequent conversion to Christianity, and his prison term stemming from Watergate. It starred Dean Jones as Colson, Anne Francis as his wife, Dana Andrews as Tom Phillips, Harry Spillman as President Nixon, former Senator Harold Hughes as himself, and George Brent in his final film. The director was old Hollywood classic filmmaker Irving Rapper, and the film was released by Avco Embassy Pictures. The cinematography was by Harry Stradling Jr.
The film's title theme song "Born Again", with music by Les Baxter and lyrics by Craig Johnson, was sung by Larnelle Harris.
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As President Richard Nixon's Special Counsel, Colson had his own office in the White House, power and prestige. After Watergate he had a prison record… and a strong faith. Colson, played by Dean Jones, pleads guilty to Watergate-related charges and is sent to prison. The experience leaves him radically changed, and he decides to establish Prison Fellowship – a ministry that now reaches around the world.
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 - Himself
Billy Graham - Himself
Harry Spillman - President Richard M. Nixon
Scott Walker - Scanlon
Robert Gray - Paul Kramer
Arthur Roberts - Al Quie
Ned Wilson - Douglas Coe
Dean Brooks - Dick Howard
Christopher Conrad - Christian 'Chris' Colson
Peter Jurasik - Henry Kissinger
Stuart Lee - Wendell Colson
Richard Caine - H.R. Haldeman
Brigid O'Brien - Holly Holm
Robert Broyles - John Erlichman
Anthony Canne - Burkhardt
Corinne Michaels - Raquel Ramirez
The world premiere of Born Again was held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 1978; in attendance at the premiere were Charles Colson, actors Dean Jones and Jay Robinson, associate producer Paul Temple and former senator Harold Hughes.
Two hundred prints of the film were released over a series of two-week periods in three successive regional waves:
September 29 and October 6, 1978: Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Seattle, Washington; Cincinnati, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; and Atlanta, Georgia.
November 3 to December 10, 1978: Charlotte, North Carolina; Los Angeles, California; Denver, Colorado; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Christmas and New Year's 1978-79: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Des Moines, Iowa; Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida; Indianapolis, Indiana; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
The film's producers partnered with a religious public relations expert to promote the film in the Christian community nationwide. The outreach campaign included premieres to benefit Colson’s charity, Prison Fellowship.
Jones's performance was well received.
From the TV Guide review: "In Born Again Colson (played by Jones) realizes the error of his ways and is born again. His faith sustains him through his prison term. In this sympathetic script Colson emerges as an innocent who is drawn into the devious machinations of Washington without his actually engaging in anything untoward."
On January 13, 2009, a 30th anniversary edition of the film was released on DVD in Region 1 by Crown Movie Classics.