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  (in credits order)

Peter Falk ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Cronin

Directed by
Arnold Shapiro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arnold Shapiro  writer

Produced by
Robert Levi .... producer
Arnold Shapiro .... producer
Cinematography by
William Moffitt 
Film Editing by
Bob Niemack 
Production Management
Robert Levi .... production manager
Sound Department
Frank Stettner .... sound (as Franklin Stettner)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Levi .... assistant camera
William Sarokin .... assistant camera

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96 min

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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!See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Being 16 at the time watching Scared Straight..., 5 July 2006
Author: fearsintelligenceagency7 from United States

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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