This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power ... See full summary »
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The earlier and original TV version of this movie, Scum (1977), made for the BBC, but banned by them, was never screened until around fifteen years later in 1991, after the director's death, and part of a season on censorship. 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 »
All Borstal inmates were subject to the same mandatory haircut of short back and sides, yet a vast array of hairstyles are shown throughout the film, including afros. See more »
[Mr Sands finds Banks on the floor]
[grabs Banks and slams him against a wall]
Dozy bastard, Banks! You let him do you over, you twat!
I slipped, sir.
[Mr Sands slaps him]
Don't come at me! Who d'yer think yer talking to? Carlin! I want you to name Carlin!
I slipped, sir.
[Mr Sands slaps him again]
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A heavily censored version was shown on Channel Four Television in the UK in the early nineties, with the rape of Davis and his subsequent gory suicide considerably trimmed to diminish their impact. More recently, Channel Four have shown the film in its uncut form. See more »
Be warned that you should go into this film with your guard up. By the time the final scene has faded quietly out, you will probably be in a state of shock.
The film details life in a Borstal institution and the violence and racial hatred that runs rampant through both the prisoners and their wardens. There is nothing cheery here at all and that is precisely the point. Director Alan Clarke deliberately films with a documentary style and it is this realism that makes the film so shattering. Scenes of sexual and racial abuse are placed in front of the camera and no raw nerve is spared the touch of the film.
It should be shown to youngsters as a reason not to turn to crime.
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