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Scared Straight! (1978)

TV-PG | | Crime, Documentary | 1978 (USA)
The filmed depiction of a program where convicts tell troubled kids about the horrors of prison life.

Director:

Arnold Shapiro

Writer:

Arnold Shapiro
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mickie Cold Mickie Cold ... Drug dealer
Doug Cronin Doug Cronin
Carlo Gallo Carlo Gallo ... Self
Jesus Rodriguez Jesus Rodriguez ... Car thief
Jon Shipiro Jon Shipiro ... Arsonist / Bomb builder
Jerome Watts Jerome Watts ... Gang member
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Storyline

This film shows the Scared Straight program that has hardened convicts from maximum security prisons tell their stories about the truth about prison life in order to convince kids that no crime is worth the risk of being incarcerated Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Contains language and graphic descriptions that may not be suitable for some viewers. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Documentary

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Trivia

Was broadcast uncensored when aired on television in the late 1970s. For many commercial broadcasters, this was the first time the f-word was willingly allowed on TV. See more »

Quotes

Ali: I'm here for murder, kidnappin', robbery, armed-robbery, conspiracy, breakin' the dude's jaw and breakin' his fuckin' woman's both her gottdam arms! But fuck what's happenin' to me! It's whats' happenin' to juveniles we're concerned about.
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Referenced in Shameless: Cascading Failures (2013) See more »

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Extremely Powerful Stuff
16 April 1999 | by jdub-3See all my reviews

This is the kind of frank, brutal, and explicit commentary that you simply cannot find in a "prison" movie. The interaction between the "Lifers" (inmates who have been committed to life sentences, and perform an outreach service to children at risk) and the potentially felonious kids is extremely powerful. After watching, you have to wonder why there isn't a program like this in every city in every state in every country. Forget about any fictional account of prison life that you've ever seen - Scared Straight is the real deal, and one you won't soon forget.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straight scared See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden West Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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