An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's.

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An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's.

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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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28 September 1979 (UK)  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.66 : 1
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The film is considered to be one of the most controversial British films of the 1980's decade. See more »

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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

Mr Sands: Carlin! Carlin!
[Carlin stands to his ground]
Carlin: Sir?
Mr Sands: Ok, Carlin. You're really for it this time. Banks and Richards have both named you. You get 3 years for this, scum.
Carlin: I don't know what you're talking about, sir.
Mr Sands: You fuckin' well know, toe-rag. I run this wing. I'm not letting it disrupted by a back-street villain like you. You'll sign a statement downstairs.
Carlin: I've got nothin' to say. I'd like to see the House Master.
Mr Sands: You will, Carlin. You will.
Carlin: And the governor, sir. I've got a witness.
Mr Sands: Shit ...
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Featured in Prison Night (2015) See more »

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Badly Bruised - Slightly Stowed
(uncredited)
Written by Colin Tucker
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Brutal Prison Story
18 April 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the most notorious films to have emerged from Britain. It's become almost a cult film now with it's mixture of brutal violence and memorable quotes ("I'm the Daddy now!")

"Scum" was originally produced for the British television in 1977 (as part of the BBC's "Play for Today" series) but the TV version was banned, so writer Roy Minton and director Alan Clarke re-made it as a cinema film. The film takes place entirely inside a British "Borstal" (a prison for young criminals) and details the experiences of three new inmates, notably the violent Carlin (memorably played by Ray Winstone in his first starring role), who soon rises to the position of "Daddy" (or "top dog") in the institution.

The frequent violence (dealt out by both inmates and guards) is brutal and uncompromising, there are a couple of graphic suicides and, in the most notorious scene in the film, a horrifying rape.

This is a very powerful film that has not lost it's power to shock. Worth watching but only if you've got strong nerves and a strong stomach.

By the way the Borstal system was abolished in Britain in the early 1980s and is replaced by the current "Young Offender's Institutions".


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