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Director:
Writer:
Roy Minton (writer)
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Release Date:
28 September 1979 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Once the Vicious Scourge of the Streets ... Now Sadistic Animals of Borstal Prison! See more »
Plot:
Uncompromising story of life in a Borstal prison, a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Gripping and shocking See more (94 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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | 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 picture was labeled one of the "video nasties" during the UK Video Nasties controversy of the early 1980s.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Carlin is being told to eat his breakfast and the chant begins, the scene moves along the dining hall and a crew member in a grey jacket operating a camera can be seen briefly in the top right hand corner.See more »
Quotes:
Archer:You know when I was in the Scrubs, sweating it out in that filthy cell, I had this matchbox. And it said on this matchbox that it takes 60 muscles to frown but only 13 to smile, so why waste energy? You see, I'm doing me time in a matchbox.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Badly Bruised - Slightly StowedSee more »

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35 out of 37 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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