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Scared Straight! (1978)

 -  Crime | Documentary  -  1978 (USA)
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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 »

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Convict: I don't like nothin' in the first place and I don't like you!
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Referenced in Shameless: Cascading Failures (2013) See more »

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16 April 1999 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of frank, brutal, and explicit commentary that you simply cannot find in a "prison" movie. The interaction between the "Lifers" (inmates who have been committed to life sentences, and perform an outreach service to children at risk) and the potentially felonious kids is extremely powerful. After watching, you have to wonder why there isn't a program like this in every city in every state in every country. Forget about any fictional account of prison life that you've ever seen - Scared Straight is the real deal, and one you won't soon forget.


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