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Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Conor McCarron ...
John McGill
Greg Forrest ...
Young John (as Gregg Forrest)
Joe Szula ...
Benny McGill
Mhairi Anderson ...
Elizabeth
Gary Milligan ...
Canta
John Joe Hay ...
Fergie
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Wee T
Richard Mack ...
Gerr
Paul Smith ...
Key Man
Khai Nugent ...
Tam
Ryan Walker ...
Sparra
Lee Fanning ...
Minty
Ross Greig ...
Fifey
Greg McCreadie ...
Tora
Scott Ingram ...
Casper
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Storyline

Despite having a drunken, abusive father and a brother who leads a local gang John McGill is a studious boy for whom a bright educational future seems to beckon. However his studiousness isolates him and when he is invited to join the gang it gives him a sense of belonging. However he becomes increasingly more violet, stabbing a boy in the neck, for which his brother is blamed and jailed, and dropping a breeze block on a rival gang leader, causing him permanent brain damage. John is temporarily thrown out of his home by his mother and suspended from school though when he is readmitted he is placed in the remedial class. John now has no interest in education but in being the top boy amongst the NEDS or non-educated delinquents. He is invincible, and even the lions at the local safari park let him pass without attacking him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Some people need to be taught a lesson.

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20 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£283,210 (UK) (21 January 2011)
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The film uses "Non-Educated DelinquentS" as a "backronym" for "neds" as it is commonly used in modern day Scotland since the 90s. The English equivalent is chav. Many people including police officials and politicians (including famously Rosie Kane MSP) have discussed the term ned using this definition. As the term ned has been used far longer and dates back to the 19th century according to the OED it is not proven that this is the true origin of the term. See more »

Goofs

Teachers were not allowed to smoke in classrooms in the mid-1970s. See more »

Quotes

Canta: I'm Canta fae Hardridge and I fucking like battering wee swotty cunts like you, ya prick. See, when you're in my school, you gonna get your cunt kicked in every single day. First day, I'm gonna break your legs, fucking demolish you, rip your heid off. I swear to God, you're dead, wee man. First day, you're fucking dead.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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We've Got The Whole World In Our Hands
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Social realism and critique
4 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film successfully exposes the frustrations and impotence of failed systems in religion, education, friendship, families, government and employment. Scenes that are funny one moment take on deeper and darker meaning the next. Excellent acting, writing and direction. What is referred to by one reviewer as the Jesus scene, I felt is central to the thread of religion that runs through the movie, though each viewer can interpret it as they wish. It is just as appropriate as Rentons withdrawal scenes in Trainspotting for comparison. It seemed to me that the characters could deal with the physical beatings, but the subtle, and silent violence was more brutal, insidious, and damaging. It is one of those films that will keep you thinking long after the credits finish.


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