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Scum (1979)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  28 September 1979 (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... See full summary »

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Mick Ford ...
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Davis
John Blundell ...
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John Judd ...
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Peter Howell ...
Governor
John Grillo ...
Ray Burdis ...
Alan Igbon ...
Meakin
John Fowler ...
Bill Dean ...
Duke
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Nigel Humphreys ...
Taylor
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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 The film was originally made as a BBC play but it was banned before ever being shown.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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In borstal survival rules! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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28 September 1979 (UK)  »

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Escoria  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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The film has almost no music throughout except for the music played on Eckersley's radio during the scene when he frames Davis for 'stealing' it. See more »

Goofs

when Carlin enters the 'games' room for the first time he passes three lags playing snooker. the score board on the wall behind them changes between one score and another and then back and then back again. See more »

Quotes

Gym Instructor: Rules: no punching in the face, no kicking in the goolies, and no biting.
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Version of Scum (1977) See more »

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Badly Bruised - Slightly Stowed
(uncredited)
Written by Colin Tucker
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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