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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:
Brutal Prison Story See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
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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:
Alan Clarke made this film after the BBC banned his original TV version in 1977.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Archer, an intelligent character, refers to a Bible in Yugoslavian. There is no such language.See more »
Quotes:
Duke:You might be a smart ass, Archer, but your nothing but a fool to yourself.
Archer:I get by.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Robertson's Marmalade JingleSee more »

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37 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Brutal Prison Story, 18 April 2004
Author: RobertF87 from Scotland

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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