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Scared Straight! (1978)

The filmed depiction of a program where convicts tell troubled kids about the horrors of prison life.




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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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This film shows the Scared Straight program that has hardened convicts from maximum security prisons tell their stories about the truth about prison life in order to convince kids that no crime is worth the risk of being incarcerated Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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When it won the Oscar and Emmy, producer 'Davil L. Wolper' was the one who presented the awards to Arnold Shapiro. See more »


Convict: I don't like nothin' in the first place and I don't like you!
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Referenced in Anything But Love: Scared Straight (1989) See more »

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Being 16 at the time watching Scared Straight...
5 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being in fact that I was in a Private institution for emotional disturbed children at the time that I watched Scared Straight it had a profound effect on my life. I had friends who were arrested in juvenile hall because of stupid crimes stealing cars, stealing purses, nothing like the teens of today... murders, armed robbery, drug dealings. Our crimes were deemed normal for the youth of that generation.

Watching the convict tell one of the teens he would be his bitch scared the hell out of me.. I used to refer to that very comment when one of my friends wanted me to do something stupid... So Scared Straight worked for me...

So if it deterred me from committing crime the movie was a successful if it scared one kid from committing crime it has done what the movie was intended to do.. deter kids from crime. I never been in jail and it was this movie that set my mind to not be a criminal

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