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 The film was originally made as a BBC play but it was banned before ever being shown.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 <email@example.com>
In borstal survival rules!
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Did You Know?
did not hit Phil Daniels
with the sock containing the snooker balls despite the scene being done in one take. A crew member laid on the floor and handed Winstone another sock containing ping pong balls. Nevertheless, Daniels claimed it was very sore when Ray whacked him with the sock. See more
Archer, an intelligent character, refers to a Bible in Yugoslavian. There is no such language. See more
Rules: no punching in the face, no kicking in the goolies, and no biting.
Robertson's Marmalade Jingle
Music by John Kongos See more