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Scrubbers (1982)

 -  Drama  -  1982 (UK)
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Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda York ...
Carol Howden
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Annetta Brady
Elizabeth Edmonds ...
Kathleen
Kate Ingram ...
Eddie
Amanda Symonds ...
Mac
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Glennis
Debby Bishop ...
Doreen (as Debbie Bishop)
Eva Mottley ...
Pam
Imogen Bain ...
Sandy
Honey Bane ...
Molly
Camille Davis ...
Sharon
Rachel Weaver ...
Gwen (as Rachael Weaver)
Dawn Archibald ...
Mary
Faith Tingle ...
Hilary
Lilian Rostkowska ...
Phyllis
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Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend Doreen is being held. Carol's plan works, although she is devastated to find that not only has Doreen found herself a new girlfriend inside (who both taunt and tease Carol), when Annetta is arrested at the convent and sent to the same closed borstal, she assumes it was Carol who "grassed" her up and proceeds to plan her revenge. Carol finds protection in the form of inmate Eddie, while Annetta's constant bullying attempts keep her in solitary confinement; however, Carol's world is turned upside-down when Eddie is released from bortsal and her protection is gone... Written by Rhino <rh1n0@blueyonder.co.uk>

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IT'S A CRIME WHAT PRISON CAN DO TO A GIRL!

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Promotional materials for the film on DVD have stated this movie is from "The writers of Scum (1977)" but in fact only one of the writers, Roy Minton, worked on that movie, as Scum (1977) only had one writer. The other writers of Scrubbers (1982) did not work on Scum (1977). See more »

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Mac: [Mac's final song] A Borstal girl came home one day / To find her love had gone away / She asked him why he went astray / He turned to her, and he did say / "Once, you could have been my wife / If you had led a decent life / But you preferred a life of crime / So, back in side, and do your time."
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A Must-see
10 September 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Outstanding English-language effort by the great Swedish actor/director Mai Zetterling (anyone who have seen her brilliant Night Games will agree she kicks Bergman's sorry ass!).

Although the video box art tried to sell it off as a cheap Women-In-Prison-exploitation flick, it is really serious stuff. As other commentators have pointed out the film share a lot of similarity with Alan Clarke's grim masterpiece Scum, even sharing the same screenwriter. The main difference is that Scrubbers takes place in an all-women juvenile prison, making it both a great complement to Clarke's film and an interesting study of the differences of the sexes in the patriarchal society. Didn't sound that interesting, did it? Well, it really is when you think about it! For instance, how do the girls behavior to one another differ from the boys? How do girls backgrounds, views of themselves and reason for inprisonment differ? What issues do the girls from Scrubbers lack, that the boys from Scum has to deal with, and vice versa. It's really interesting.

The film is well-acted, well-scripted, thought-provoking and unpleasant. A must-see if you like your movies hard and unembellished. 8/10

NOTE FOR NON-ENGLISH VIEWERS: I saw a non-subtitled copy Scrubbers, and although this usually is no problem for me, in this case I had some trouble understanding parts of the dialouge. My American-born girlfriend had the same problem. Unless you've majored in ugly working-class English, local swearwords or prison-jive I would advise to see a subtitled version.


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