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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Ray Winstone ... Carlin (as Raymond Winstone)

David Threlfall ... Archer
Martin Phillips ... Davis
Davidson Knight ... Angel
John Blundell ... Banks

Phil Daniels ... Richards
Ray Burdis ... Eckersley

Patrick Murray ... Dougan
Ian Sharrock ... Rhodes
Tony London ... Woods
Peter Kinley ... Betts
Sheridan Earl Russell ... Jackson
Colin Mayes ... Sumner
Trevor Butler ... Toyne
Philip DaCosta ... Formby (as Philip Da Costa)
Peter Francis ... Baldy
Steven Butler
Michael Deeks
Mark Dunn
Christopher Gilbert
Simon Howe
Mike Mungarvan (as Mike Mungaven)
Reggae Ranjhe (as Reggae Ranjha)
William Vanderpuye
Richard Butler ... Governor
John Judd ... Sands
Bay White ... Matron
Peter Gordon ... Goodyear
Stewart Harwood ... Greaves
Robin Hopwood ... Burton
Dennis Castle ... Duke
David Stockton ... White
Julian Hudson ... P.T. Instructor
Sean Hopwood ... Block Officer
Ray Jewers ... Block Officer
Joe Fordham ... Block Officer
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Danny John-Jules ... Bit Part (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alan Clarke 
 
Writing credits
Roy Minton 

Produced by
Margaret Matheson .... producer
 
Cinematography by
John Wyatt (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ken Pearce 
 
Production Design by
Anthony C. Thorpe  (as Tony Thorpe)
 
Costume Design by
Roger Reece 
 
Makeup Department
Marion Richards .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Ron Edmonds .... dubbing mixer
Michael Turner .... film recordist
 
Stunts
Ray Jewers .... fight arranger
 
Other crew
Chris Cherry .... production team (as Christopher Cherry)
Keith Evans .... production team
Guy Halifax .... production team (as Guy Hallifax)
Jennifer Hammond .... production team
Michael Jackley .... production team
 

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USA:78 min
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Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Ireland:18 | UK:15 | UK:18 (DVD rating)

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In the Roy Minton original Play of Scum, he had the Carlin character as a Glaswegian. He had Ray Winstone in both the TV and Cinema release for his way in which he "walked".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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Hail Alan Clarke....................... King of Realism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 5 February 2006
Author: mulhollandman from Ireland

Scum was originally apart of a trilogy that writer Roy Minton and Director Alan Clarke thought of whilst they were making Funny Farm in 1975. It consisted three films that focused individually on Police training, Army Training and Borstal. They approached a number of backers however it was deemed to costly to make therefore the idea was cancelled. However one backer did put up the money for one of these to be made. Clarke and Minton immediately went for Scum.

The television version of Scum is probably the most famous TV movie to be made in great Britain. This is quite a feat because the vast majority of people will not have seen this TV movie. They will be more aware of the 1979 feature film version. Either way whatever one you see you will be left breathless and shocked at what unveils before our eyes over 78 mins this beautiful bounty runs.

The story is set in one of her majesties Borstals in which underage criminals are dealt with. The lynch pin in the story manifests itself in the form of Carlin played to perfection by the ever wonderful Ray Winstone. Whose arrival at the Borstal from day one sends reverberations around the Borstals corridors because of his previous status as the Daddy in his last Borstal. He arrives with two other inmates Davis and Angel. Davis is instantly the target of bullies and Angel is abused through racial taunts because he is black. They are instantly greeted with physical and verbal abuse from the warders. As the film opens we meet the other trainees (inmates) and we begin to realize that they are far from the criminal hooligans that we would expect them to be. They are lost and vulnerable. They are abused by the people that are there to look after them. In all this comes the supporting character Archer played by David Threfall. An intellectual anarchist whose hours are passed pretending to be vegetarian and not wearing leather shoes on his feet. The Warders are portrayed as ruthless in bullying going so far as to show one of them watch on and let a rape continue.

Alan Clarke established his notoriety with this TV Movie and he continued to provoke the audience with his further films. Clarke is a bona fide realist in my mind he portrays individuals who are thrown into extraordinary circumstances and he his never afraid to pull a punch to create the genuine feeling of realism in his films. Only Ken Loach and scotch director John Mac Kenzie have this effect. But Alan Clarke is in my favourite I have yet to see a film of his that does not effect me.

The only problem I had with it was that it was not cast as well as the film version which has quality performances from non-actors. But all in all a bloody good show.

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