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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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£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 »

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

Quotes

Aunt Beth: They love us 'cause we tell it like it is, and we don't bow down to anybody.
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References Daktari (1966) See more »

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This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us
Written by Ron Mael
Performed by Sparks
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Peter Mullan and NEDS
14 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"You are a swat Mister Mcgill"

Peter Mullan's Neds has become one of the small number of electrical Scottish films that have been made within the last 20 years. As it goes Peter Mullan has always been interested in directing and from my point of view has a Ken Loach appeal about it when it comes to writing and producing scripts.

NEDS a film which portrays a young mans will to succeed in any circumstance and every hurdle which is played by society must be dealt with-in an appropriate 70s fashion. Living in Scotland not only is there defaults within any of the class systems but a constant bombardment from Parents,Police and Schools to do well. John McGill (Conner McCarron) becomes victim to this. He has the potential to fulfil any career prospect which is becomes knocked around by his unstable nuclear family and his authoritative teachers.

I have read some of the reviews on here and are somewhat critical. It is hard to understand what living in a poor background with an alcoholic father, a troublesome brother and horrible weather if your not partial to any of the surroundings. If you do not reside in any of these categories then it will be hard to acknowledge why (NEDS) want to fight each other over a measly piece of unfurnished turf which they themselves have no own-age rights.

If you liked Small Faces,Sweet Sixteen then this is a must. All credit to Peter and Cast. Please make more films in the future.


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