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Scum (1977)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama
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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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Carlin (as Raymond Winstone)
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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 or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The game seen played in the sports hall is called British Bulldog. See more »

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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 »

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Itchycoo Park
Written by Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott
Performed by Small Faces (as The Small Faces)
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Introduction of a powerful actor
26 April 2001 | by (Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Alan Clarke's film introduced us to a powerful new talent in Ray Winstone. Undeniably brutal but an allegory on the worship of simple governance by power. This film, coupled with another film, "Made in Great Britain" with Tim Roth was an indictment of the Thatcher type anti-society policies. Ray Winstone builds his part slowly, gathering power and authority during his stay in the institution and is climaxed when he says "who's the daddy now?" It was such a powerful performance that I always wait with anticipation his next outing and have rarely been disappointed.


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