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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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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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Was broadcast uncensored when aired on television in the late 1970s. For many commercial broadcasters, this was the first time the f-word was willingly allowed on TV. See more »

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Ali: I'm here for murder, kidnappin', robbery, armed-robbery, conspiracy, breakin' the dude's jaw and breakin' his fuckin' woman's both her gottdam arms! But fuck what's happenin' to me! It's whats' happenin' to juveniles we're concerned about.
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18 February 1999 | by (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I hope that every punk there is on this world gets a chance to see this film. This was my third time watching it, and I still find myself imagining being locked up for just one day, and how that would feel. This movie serves as an excellent eye openner for a lot of kids who are having troubles with the law at a young age.


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