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Scum (1977)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  1977 (UK)
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This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this film was made. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'. The film was originally made as a BBC play but it was banned before ever being shown. So 'Alan Clarke' and 'Roy Minton' got it re-made as a film. This is a tough and brutal film and should not be viewed lightly. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The film they tried to ban! A brutal story of today. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Scum  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David Threlfall, who originally played Archer in the BBC version of Scum (1977), was offered the role in the movie but was unavailable owing to prior commitments with the Royal Shakespeare Company. See more »

Goofs

All Borstal inmates were subject to the same mandatory haircut of short back and sides, yet a vast array of hairstyles are shown throughout the film, including afros. See more »

Quotes

[Banks wakes up Carlin and slaps him]
Banks: Right, Carlin. I run this fuckin' gaff and yer dead if you come any of it 'ere!
Carlin: Leave off, will ya? I don't give a fuck who the Daddy is. I don't want trouble so just piss off and let me get on with me time, all right?
Richards: We'll give you time, ya bastard.
[Banks punches Carlins, jumps on his bed, headbutts him and continues to punch him]
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Referenced in Little Britain: Biggest House of Cards (2003) See more »

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Dirty Last Night
(uncredited)
Music by John Dickson and Elfed Hayes
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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"I'M THE DADDY"
14 April 2000 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

The pool balls in the sock scene has got to be one of the most realistic and violent scenes I have seen in a film. It is an amazing film, if you have not seen it - get it out.

The 'greenhouse scene' has also got to be one of the most horrific, disturbing and violent attacks I have seen in a film due to it's realism and nature.

This is a top film and deserves no less than 8 out of 10.


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