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Scared Straight! (1978)

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 ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mickie Cold Mickie Cold ... Drug dealer
Doug Cronin Doug Cronin
Carlo Gallo Carlo Gallo ... Himself
Jesus Rodriguez Jesus Rodriguez ... Car thief
Jon Shipiro Jon Shipiro ... Arsonist / Bomb builder
Jerome Watts Jerome Watts ... Gang member
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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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Crime | Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Напуганы, точно! See more »

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Production Co:

Golden West Television See more »
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Color
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Trivia

When it won the Oscar and Emmy, producer 'Davil L. Wolper' was the one who presented the awards to Arnold Shapiro. See more »

Quotes

Convict: When one of your so-called friends says to you, "Come on, let's go steal something! Let's go mug someone! Let's go rip somebody off!" All they're saying to you is, "Let's go to prison!"
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Being 16 at the time watching Scared Straight...

Being in fact that I was in a Private institution for emotional disturbed children at the time that I watched Scared Straight it had a profound effect on my life. I had friends who were arrested in juvenile hall because of stupid crimes stealing cars, stealing purses, nothing like the teens of today... murders, armed robbery, drug dealings. Our crimes were deemed normal for the youth of that generation.

Watching the convict tell one of the teens he would be his bitch scared the hell out of me.. I used to refer to that very comment when one of my friends wanted me to do something stupid... So Scared Straight worked for me...

So if it deterred me from committing crime the movie was a successful if it scared one kid from committing crime it has done what the movie was intended to do.. deter kids from crime. I never been in jail and it was this movie that set my mind to not be a criminal


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