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Release Date:
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Winstone ... Carlin

Mick Ford ... Archer

Julian Firth ... Davis
John Blundell ... Banks

Phil Daniels ... Richards
John Fowler ... Woods
Ray Burdis ... Eckersley
Patrick Murray ... Dougan
Herbert Norville ... Toyne
George Winter ... Rhodes
Alrick Riley ... Angel
Peter Francis ... Baldy
Philip DaCosta ... Jackson (as Philip Da Costa)
Perry Benson ... Formby
Alan Igbon ... Meakin

Andrew Paul ... Betts

Sean Chapman ... James
Ozzie Stevens ... Smith
Ricky Wales ... Chambers
Peter Howell ... Governor
John Judd ... Sands
Jo Kendall ... Matron
John Grillo ... Goodyear

Philip Jackson ... Greaves
Bill Dean ... Duke

P.H. Moriarty ... Hunt (as P.H.Moriarty)
Nigel Humphreys ... Taylor
James Donnelly ... Whittle
Joe Fordham ... Reg
Ray Jewers ... Gym Instructor
Ian Liston ... White
Charles Rayford ... Philpott
John Rogan ... Escort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danny John-Jules ... Extra (uncredited)

Matthew Sim ... Inmate (uncredited)

Michael Tarn ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Clarke 
Writing credits
Roy Minton (written by)

Produced by
Davina Belling .... producer
Don Boyd .... executive producer
Martin Campbell .... associate producer
Clive Parsons .... producer
Michael Relph .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Casting by
Esta Charkham 
Beth Charkham (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Michael Porter 
Makeup Department
Debbie Scragg .... make-up artiste
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raymond Day .... first assistant director
Michael Hamlyn .... assistant director
Chris Rose .... assistant director
Art Department
Bob Hedges .... propertyman (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 (as Stephen Spencer)
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Edland .... gaffer
Joe Felix .... grip
Graham Hazard .... focus puller
Paul Jordan .... clapper/loader
Joe Pearce .... stills 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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98 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Japan:R15+ (2014) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | Norway:18 (1980) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (DVD rating) (2005) | UK:18 (video rating: widescreen, DVD audio commentary) (2004) | UK:18 (video rating) (1989) (1993) (2007) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Alan Clarke made this film after the BBC banned his original TV version, Scum (1977) (TV), in 1977.See more »
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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The City and the Dogs (1985)See more »
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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Gripping and shocking, 2 October 2003
Author: Melton Mowbray

I'd had the opportunity to watch Scum a long time before I actually did, and I was always turned off it by the very sensationalist box and taglines. I've never been a fan of "The film they tried to ban" and similar phrases being used as advertisement for a film, so when I sat down to watch the film today I was very surprised.

It doesn't need phrases like that to advertise it - it's bleak and horrific, and should be advertised as a serious drama rather than some kind of exciting gore-fest. As well as being powerful and thought provoking, it's gripping too, and you won't feel bored when watching it. Although there is a lot of stuff crammed in there, and some scenes are very prolonged, at just over and hour and a half it's the perfect length to achieve what it sets out to do. This is one film you won't be bored watching.

I'm actually surprised that this film doesn't have more of a recognition or following nowadays, and isn't seen in the last light as Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" and Lindsay Anderson's "If...".

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