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Scum (1977)

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This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this TV film was made. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlin (as Raymond Winstone)
Martin Phillips ...
Davidson Knight ...
John Blundell ...
Ray Burdis ...
Ian Sharrock ...
Tony London ...
Peter Kinley ...
Sheridan Earl Russell ...
Colin Mayes ...
Trevor Butler ...
Philip DaCosta ...
Formby (as Philip Da Costa)


This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this TV film was made. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'. Written by Steve Crook <>

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The (positive) press screening was held in London's Wardour Street, in Soho, after the producer and director had been recently told by the BBC that it was not to be aired on television. See more »


Formby: [In the self-help meeting] Why am I so far away from home Matron?
Eckersley: Because you murdered that kid.
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Referenced in Scum EPK Interviews with Clive Parsons & Roy Minton (1999) See more »


Itchycoo Park
Written by Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott
Performed by Small Faces (as The Small Faces)
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one of the most brutal movies ever made
21 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this movie was made after the B.B.C. had problems with the original TV version,which to my mind was just as can't help but root for Carlin as he gets his revenge,the greenhouse scene has to be up there with the likes of certain scenes from 'cannibal holocaust' and 'last house on the left'.Truly harrowing and unforgettable.Ray Winstone is one of my all time favourite actors,as is Phil Daniels.This film stands as a tribute to Alan Clarke (Made In Britain is also another classic).This movie remains as one of the grittiest movies I have ever seen.I saw it for the first time when I was about ten years of age,on a pre-certificate VHS copy round at my dad's mate's house one Saturday night.The film has stayed with me ever since,and now I own my own copy of the film,I hope to show it to my son when he is older(I hope he appreciates it!!!)

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