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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Peter Mullan

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Peter Mullan
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Conor McCarron Conor McCarron ... John McGill
Greg Forrest Greg Forrest ... Young John (as Gregg Forrest)
Joe Szula Joe Szula ... Benny McGill
Mhairi Anderson Mhairi Anderson ... Elizabeth
Gary Milligan Gary Milligan ... Canta
John Joe Hay John Joe Hay ... Fergie
Christopher Wallace Christopher Wallace ... Wee T
Richard Mack Richard Mack ... Gerr
Paul Smith Paul Smith ... Key Man
Khai Nugent Khai Nugent ... Tam
Ryan Walker Ryan Walker ... Sparra
Lee Fanning Lee Fanning ... Minty
Ross Greig Ross Greig ... Fifey
Greg McCreadie Greg McCreadie ... Tora
Scott Ingram Scott Ingram ... Casper
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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 beckons. As he grows into his teenage years, the challenges of youth mixed with the challenges of being brought up in a tribal and violent place right at the low end of the class spectrum take their toll. John is a fighter, which although isn't what his Mother, at least, wishes for him; may it prove to be what brings him salvation? Written by don @ minifie-1

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From award-winning director Peter Mullan See more »

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Drama

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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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Mhairi's Wedding
Written by John Roderick Bannerman
Performed by Dougie MacDonald
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Great Movie, Very True to Life ....
21 October 2011 | by eddvhSee all my reviews

First off, let me point out a few things, to people who obviously didn't get this.

People who complained about the silly music, you really couldn't see that the director was trying to show how ridiculous the violence was?

People who didn't get the Jesus thing, well, you've obviously never come from a dark enough culture, where solvent abuse is rife, and people have extremely vivid hallucinations.

I was raised in the area the movie is set, and the time it was set, and i can tell you, its very accurate. Yes, they have accents, its set in Scotland, did you expect them to say "Kwoffee?" and no, there are no bothers in this movie, but take it from me, i never seen anyone of African descent until i was in my teens, and even then it was quite a rare thing in Scotland, and a real minority.

The movie itself is very well done, and tells a cautionary tale, that could translate to anywhere in the world. The production values of the movie are good, and its certainly way better than average and keeps you entertained, i watched this as a piece of "World Cinema", even though i come from the area, and had no trouble at all with the dialogue, but then again, thats me, i can see who others would find it difficult, then again, i would moan about this spoiling the movie, when in Rome ... i would accept it for what it is.

If you get the chance to see this, then do so, with an open mind, its entertaining, moving, shocking, and everything a good movie should be.

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20 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

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