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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

  (in credits order)

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 ... Other trainee
Michael Deeks ... Other trainee
Mark Dunn ... Other trainee
Christopher Gilbert ... Other trainee
Simon Howe ... Other trainee
Mike Mungarvan ... Other trainee (as Mike Mungaven)
Reggae Ranjhe ... Other trainee (as Reggae Ranjha)
William Vanderpuye ... Other trainee
Richard Butler ... Governor
John Judd ... Sands
Bay White ... Matron
Peter Gordon ... Goodyear
Stewart Harwood ... Greaves
Robin Hopwood ... Burton
Dennis Castle ... Duke
David Stockton ... White
George Lee ... Chief Officer
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)

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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Certification:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Ireland:18 | UK:15 | UK:18 (DVD rating)

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This is the original version made for the BBC but banned by them and never screened until 15 years later. The BBC said that they banned it because "There was too much incident packed into too short a time and that they doubted the veracity." So they thought it was pure fiction. But they also said that it "looked too much like a documentary."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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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
good but the theatrical movie is better, 11 June 2005
Author: movieman_kev from United States

Carlin (Ray Winstone of "Nil by mouth" and "Sexy Beast") is a young criminal who after assaulting a police officer gets sent to a borstal (juvinial prison), with two other youth offenders, where they find life inside hell with the authoritarian system brutal and the criminal inmate hierarchy equally, if not more so. They must find a way to survive. Carlin is able to climb the hierarchy, the other two are not really that 'lucky' This TV movie was shelved by the BBC1 for 14 years before before being shown on Channel 4 exactly once, and then only in honor of a deceased Alan Clarke. Gritty, and depressing if a slight bit overly sensationalized. Still it's interesting to watch even if the feature film version IS better. In response to the shelving of the film Clarke and writer Minton remade it as a theatrical film in two years later in 1979. This movie can be found in Blue Undergrounds Alan Clarke Collection.

My Grade: B-

DVD Extras: Commetary with actors Phil Daniels & David Threlfall, and Producer Margaret Matheson; 2 Selected scenes commentary by Ray Winstone (one of which wasn't in the film)

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