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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:
difficult to watch, but worth seeing once 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Ray Winstone 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 »
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:
[Mr Sands finds Banks on the floor]
Mr Sands:[grabs Banks and slams him against a wall] Dozy bastard, Banks! You let him do you over, you twat!
Banks:I slipped, sir.
[Mr Sands slaps him]
Mr Sands:Don't come at me! Who d'yer think yer talking to? Carlin! I want you to name Carlin!
Banks:I slipped, sir.
[Mr Sands slaps him again]
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Soundtrack:
Badly Bruised - Slightly StowedSee more »

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
difficult to watch, but worth seeing once, 25 November 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

I've now seen this movie several times, although admittedly watching it can hardly be classed as a 'pleasure'. Alan Clarke made this feature after his TV play from two years earlier was banned, and perhaps had more freedom here to explore the issues.

Carlin (an early, showy appearance from Ray Winstone) is sent to Borstal where he quickly establishes himself as a tough boy with a regime of strength. Typical Winstone performance in many ways. In the prison with him are his shadow Richards (played by Phil Daniels); cynical, bare-footed Archer (Mick Ford, these days more often seen the other side of the law in such dramas as 'Silent Witness'); black inmate Angel (Davidson Knight); and quiet Davis, the boy who gets picked on for being a loner (a quite staggering performance from Julian Firth, who never really lived up to this early promise).

Scum is uncompromising - violent (there's a rape which leaves little to the imagination, a suicide, several fights); scathing in its condemnation of the 'system' (which thankfully is not like this now) - and yet finds time for character development and convincing plot. Without any music it is purely presented in documentary style, matter-of-fact 'this is how it is'.

Not a fun movie, but one which tries to make a point, and, if nothing else, has the power to shock and make you remember certain sections for a long time after viewing. Recommended.

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