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Silent Scream (1990)

In London's seedy Soho district in 1963, Larry Winters (Iain Glen) murders a bartender with shocking violence. Sentenced to life behind bars, Winters has towering fits of rage that continue... See full summary »

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David Hayman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Iain Glen ... Larry Winters - Special Unit Inmate
Andrew Barr Andrew Barr ... Shuggie - Special Unit Inmate
Kenneth Glenaan ... Rab - Special Unit Inmate
Steve Hotchkiss Steve Hotchkiss ... Mo - Special Unit Inmate
Paul Samson Paul Samson ... Jimmy - Special Unit Inmate
John Murtagh John Murtagh ... Ken Murray - Special Unit Staff
Robert Carlyle ... Big Woodsy - Special Unit Staff (as Bobby Carlyle)
Billy McElhaney Billy McElhaney ... Aly - Special Unit Staff
Billy Riddoch Billy Riddoch ... Lenny - Special Unit Staff (as Bill Riddoch)
Finlay Welsh ... Alan - Special Unit Staff
David Scott David Scott ... Television Reporter - Visitor
Angela Chadfield Angela Chadfield ... Patricia - Visitor
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ... Monitor PO - Barlinnie Prison Staff
Kenneth Bryans Kenneth Bryans ... PO 1 - Barlinnie Prison Staff
Frank Gallagher Frank Gallagher ... PO 2 - Barlinnie Prison Staff
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In London's seedy Soho district in 1963, Larry Winters (Iain Glen) murders a bartender with shocking violence. Sentenced to life behind bars, Winters has towering fits of rage that continue until prison doctors assign him to an experimental unit that gives him a route to self-expression. Flashbacks to his deprived Glasgow childhood with a delinquent older brother (Alexander Morton), his harrowing military experience and his history of drug abuse show how this troubled man became a murderer. Written by Dominic Murphy

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19 October 1990 (UK) See more »

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Niemy krzyk See more »

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First film of Robert Carlyle See more »

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Bleak And Arty
9 April 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

SILENT SCREAM is a biopic about convicted murderer Larry Winters . However not content with making a standard prison film the director David Hayman throws a massive spanner in the works by making the movie an art house picture with fractured time lines . We know that Winters served in the army , that he murdered a bar man in cold blood and that he`s serving a life sentence but that`s all we really find out as the story keeps jumping around to different times and places . There`s a vague notion that if you treat dangerous criminals with dignity they can be rehabilitated but this point isn`t really hammered home , and unless you`re aware of Scottish culture like the sectarian divide in the West of Scotland you`ll find much of the film confusing . It`s also a rather bleak film not helped by its obvious lack of budget and I can only recommend it if you`re interested in seeing Brit film star Robert Carlyle and well known TV star Julie Graham in cameo roles


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