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Scrubbers (1982)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 September 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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24 September 1982 (UK)  »

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Aonde Nasce um Crime  »

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The word "Borstal" is a British term for a "youth penitentiary" but it has also been used for "detention centers" and "approved schools". Borstals were for serious offenders and extreme delinquency and were run by the Her Majesty's Prison Service. The meaning of the term "borstal training" was really just another way of saying "court sentence". 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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Familiar story is heavy handed
28 February 2003 | by (Oceanside,Ca.) – See all my reviews

This is a film from the much respected Mai Zetterling and to be honest its clearly not one of her better efforts. We have all seen girls in prison/reform school type of films before and while the gritty atmosphere of the film is effective its still very familiar and bleak. I would have appreciated more of an effort to understand these girls instead of just having the characters put in situations and then watching them react. We know very little or nothing at all about most of these girls. I was interested in the two characters Carol and Eddie and I wish they had a script with a little more sharper vision to it. There is one scene that shows two girls fighting and it was in slow motion. Why is that one and only scene in slow motion? No reason for it. It looked very badly staged. English viewers will recognize a lot of the actress's in the film while Americans will probably only recognize Robbie Coltrane in an early effort. Film just didn't have an original angle in the way it was presented. To bad, some really talented people were involved in this production.


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