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Writer:
Roy Minton (writer)
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Release Date:
28 September 1979 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
The film they tried to ban! A brutal story of today. See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
A raw, powerful film See more (82 total) »

Cast

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Ray Winstone ... Carlin
Mick Ford ... Archer
Julian Firth ... Davis
John Blundell ... Banks

Phil Daniels ... Richards
John Judd ... Mr Sands

Philip Jackson ... Greaves
Peter Howell ... Governor
John Grillo ... Goodyear
Ray Burdis ... Eckersley
Alan Igbon ... Meakin
John Fowler ... Woods
Bill Dean ... Duke

P.H. Moriarty ... Hunt
Nigel Humphreys ... Taylor
Jo Kendall ... Matron

Patrick Murray ... Dougan
Herbert Norville ... Toyne
George Winter ... Rhodes
Alrick Riley ... Angel
Philip DaCosta ... Jackson (as Philip Da Costa)
Peter Francis ... Baldy

Andrew Paul ... Betts

Sean Chapman ... James
Ozzie Stevens ... Smith
Ricky Wales ... Chambers
James Donnelly ... Whittle
Joe Fordham ... Reg
Ray Jewers ... Gym Instructor
Ian Liston ... White
Charles Rayford ... Philpott
John Rogan ... Escort
Perry Benson ... Formby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danny John-Jules ... Extra (uncredited)

Matthew Sim ... Inmate (uncredited)
Michael Tarn ... Extra (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alan Clarke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roy Minton  writer

Produced by
Davina Belling .... producer
Don Boyd .... executive producer
Martin Campbell .... associate producer
Clive Parsons .... producer
Michael Relph .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
 
Casting by
Esta Charkham 
Beth Charkham (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Michael Porter 
 
Makeup Department
Debbie Scragg .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raymond Day .... first assistant director
Michael Hamlyn .... assistant director
Chris Rose .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bob Hedges .... props (as Bobby Hedges)
Judith Lang .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
John Chandler .... boom operator
David John .... sound mixer
Tony Message .... sound effects editor
Terry Poulton .... sound editor
Steve Spencer .... assistant sound editor
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Edland .... gaffer
Joe Felix .... grip
Graham Hazard .... focus puller
Paul Jordan .... clapper loader
Joe Pearce .... still photographer
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator
Billy Brooks .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monica Howe .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Roy Burge .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Sallianne Branson .... production assistant
Terry Connors .... production accountant
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Alison Thorne .... continuity
Rik Walters .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Japan:R15+ (2014) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | Norway:18 (1980) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Trivia:
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:
Factual errors: 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:
[Angel, Davis and Carlin are all lined up against a wall]
Mr Sands:Right. I'm Mr. Sands, this is Mr Greaves. I'm the senior officer and I run A wing. I run it. Right, Carlin?
Carlin:Yes, Sir!
Mr Sands:I come down very heavy on anyone who doesn't grasp that fact. Right? Right?
Carlin:Yes, Sir!
[Mr Sands walks up to Angel]
Mr Sands:Angel, you're in a single room. Some of the lads are what you might call..."prejudiced". You're well advised to keep yourself to yourself. It's your first borstal, innit lad?
Angel:Yes, sir, apart from the Scrubs...
Mr Sands:[interrupts Angel] Forget the Scrubs! The holiday's over.
Mr. Greaves:Move!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Badly Bruised - Slightly StowedSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A raw, powerful film, 12 July 2005
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits

Tough thief Carlin (Ray Winstone) is transferred from his previous borstal after assaulting a prison officer to a much tougher institution where force and fear is the ultimate currency. The film follows the fortunes of him and the other inmates there and Carlin's relentless quest to come out as 'the daddy' among the other hard-case cons...

Nowadays, many people complain about the shambolic state of British Justice (once the envy of the world!) and, significantly, how Young Offenders Institutions are now just converted holiday-camps for those sent there who scoff at their lamentably lame punishment. Yet the very purpose of this film, made over 20 years ago, was to show the abuse of human rights that was taking place at the time in the borstals in Britain and to get something done in the way of changing it.

Having chosen a crime-free life in my youth and thus never being sent to a borstal (and not knowing of anyone who did!) I would have no way of knowing if the events portrayed in this film really took place, but if they were as bad as this, the film very chillingly gets them across. It's another one of those cult films where there's no real actual plot (i.e. Trainspotting) par se, but in it's drama function it very involvingly depicts the trials and tribulations of the inmates in their struggle to survive in the oppressive, violent world of the borstal and their individual characteristics that ultimately determine whether they'll come out on top or not. The bleakness of their world is further emphasized by the film's clever absence of a soundtrack.

As for the performances, Winstone cemented his future success with his ground-breaking performance here as the foul-mouthed, hard-cased, cockney to the bone 'daddy' who fights to come out on top in a world of aggression. All of the supporting cast do wonders in their individual roles do wonders to, especially those portraying the prison officers who are not far separated from the very thugs they're meant to be controlling.

Scum is a film that is thoroughly deserving of it's cult status, a film that spurned those in power into action and, though dealing with issues that are nowhere near as bad as back then, is no less as shocking and disturbing. *****

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