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Scrubbers (1982)

R | | Drama | 1 February 1984 (USA)
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
Kate Ingram ...
Mandi Symonds ...
Mac (as Amanda Symonds)
Debby Bishop ...
Doreen (as Debbie Bishop)
Eva Mottley ...
Imogen Bain ...
Honey Bane ...
Camille Davis ...
Gwen (as Rachael Weaver)
Dawn Archibald ...
Faith Tingle ...
Lilian Rostkowska ...


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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Promotional materials for the film on DVD have stated this movie is from "The writers of Scum (1979)" but in fact only one of the writers, Roy Minton, worked on that movie, as Scum (1979) only had one writer. The other writers of "Scrubbers" did not work on Scum (1979). See more »


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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An Inferior Role Reversal Of SCUM
27 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

As everyone seems to have noted SCRUBBERS seems to be nothing more than SCUM made for a female audience . The structures are very similar ( Hardly surprising since SCUM author Roy Minton co-wrote this ) with a relatively thread bare plot getting in the road of episodic incidents . Even the fact that we see British TV stars like Robbie Coltrane ( More or less unrecognisable in a small role ) , Kathy Burke ( As Waynetta Slob ! )and Pat Wicks from EASTENDERS ( Before she met Frank Butcher ) make comparisions with SCUM inevitable

But when all is said and done this a very poor follow up to SCUM mainly because of three reasons

1 ) The poor acting . Despite being a low budget movie the cast of SCUM at least played their parts with intensity especially Ray Winstone . There`s no such acting tour de force here and if memory serves me right much of the acting is plain awful

2 ) There`s no real stand out scene as in SCUM that people discuss like the scene in the greenhouse . There are slightly sickening scenes like the puppet show but they`re unconvincing and seem written in to shock a blase audience . Mind you could say the same with the greenhouse scene in scum so I don`t know if it`s a valid criticism

3 ) What is a valid criticism is that there`s no great lines to qoute in SCRUBBERS . Try discussing SCUM without saying " Where`s yer tool ? " or " I`m the daddy now " or " You want f***in` stripping ? "

A needless and inferior follow up to SCUM probably made to cash in on the success of the 1979 film which became a massive hit on video round about the same time

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