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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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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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Convict: You know if you get up and touch one of them shoes, I'm gonna break my leg off in your ass.
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Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: A Walk on the Dark Side (1991) See more »

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Being 16 at the time watching Scared Straight...
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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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