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Director  Irving Rapper
Music director  Les Baxter
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Language  English
5.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Biography, Drama
Screenplay  Walter Bloch
Country  United States
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Release date  October 1978 (1978-10)
Writer  Walter Bloch, Charles Colson (book)
Cast  Dean Jones (Charles W Colson), Billy Graham, Anne Francis (Patty Colson), George Brent (Judge Gerhard Gesell), Dana Andrews (Tom Phillips)
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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.

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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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Summary

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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Release

    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.

    Reception

    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."

    DVD release

    On January 13, 2009, a 30th anniversary edition of the film was released on DVD in Region 1 by Crown Movie Classics.

    References

    Born Again (film) Wikipedia
    Born Again (film) IMDb


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