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Alternate Versions

Norwegian cinema version was cut in the rape scene and the suicide scene. Later video versions are uncut.
A heavily censored version was shown on Channel Four Television in the UK in the early nineties, with the rape of Davis and his subsequent gory suicide considerably trimmed to diminish their impact. More recently, Channel Four have shown the film in its uncut form.
The Odyssey video release (UK) has a much louder sound effect when Carlin hits Baldy with the iron pipe than can be heard on the supposedly unedited TV version.
There are differences between the theatrical and the TV version:
  • The aspect ratio is 1.66:1 instead of 1.33:1 in the TV version.
  • The theatrical version omits an opening scene (as seen in the TV version) a runaway, possibly Davis trying to escape his previous open borstal, and his recapture.
  • There is a scene with the 3 new arrivals having a bath in the TV version. This is eliminated in the theatrical version.
  • In the theatrical version, Carlin is transferred from Rowley Borstal as opposed to Bagthorpe Borstal in the TV version.
  • Unlike in the TV version were punches, kicks or slaps are muffled, it is clearly audible in the theatrical version.
  • The use of strong language (and at least 2 instances of very strong language) in the theatrical version.
  • Archer and Carlin talking to each other for the first time differs in the 2 versions. In the TV version, they talk to each other in the laundrette where as in the theatrical version, they introduce each other at a changing room.
  • Banks bullying Davis is slightly different in both version. In the theatrical version, Banks tell Davis to stand up. He does so but Banks kicks him and tells him that he is the daddy here and Davis must pays his dues like the rest. When Davis insists he doesn't smokes, Banks slaps him and reminds that there are no Dolly Mixtures. Banks repeats that he is the daddy and slaps Davis for not responding. He finally pushes Davis on the benches. In the TV version, he just grabs him and slaps him followed by similar dialogue followed by another slap.
  • Richards pours hot tea on Davis and Mr. Sands shouts at Davis for being a slob is not in the theatrical version.
  • There is a scene in the theatrical version where Archer talks to the Matron about vetoes on books.
  • The theatrical version omits a scene where Angel has his clothes stolen by unnamed inmates, and is caught naked on the stairway by a startled Matron and punished.
  • In the TV version, Mr Greaves asks Carlin about his bruised face. In the theatrical version, Mr Sands asks what happened to his face.
  • Meakin asks the Matron when is she going to call them by their first names. This scene is not in the TV version.
  • Bank's beating by Carlin is similar in both versions. In the theatrical version, Carlin dunks Bank's head in the sink and hits him repeatedly. Carlin angrily declares himself the new daddy. He finally kicks kicks him repeatedly in the groin. The TV version is similar but Bank's beating is slightly less brutal and Carlin declares himself as the new daddy but he says it in a much more calmer manner.
  • When Carlin beats up Baldy, the theatrical version depicts the beating as prolonged. The sound effects is much louder when Carlin beats up Baldy with the pipe is louder. In the TV version, Baldy's beating is brief.
  • Toyne's first suicide attempt is in the theatrical version.
  • There is a brief scene with Archer painting "I am happy" on a wall.
  • Carlin's homosexual relationship with another inmate has been eliminated in the theatrical version.
  • Davis' rape is longer and graphic. His suicide is also more graphic than the TV version.
  • After the riots, Carlin is dragged into the punishment cells with a very bloody face. The TV version is similar but without the bloody face.
  • The credits has no music unlike the TV version.

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