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Starred Up (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 26 August 2014 (USA)
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Eric Love, 19, is locked up in prison. On first day he assaults another inmate and several guards. He's offered group therapy and his dad, an inmate as well, tries to talk sense into him. Can he be rehabilitated?


David Mackenzie


Jonathan Asser
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack O'Connell ... Eric Love
Gilly Gilchrist ... Principal Officer Scott
Frederick Schmidt ... Officer Gentry
Edna Caskey Edna Caskey ... Officer Evans
Darren Hart Darren Hart ... MacDonald
Raphael Sowole ... Jago
Duncan Airlie James ... Officer White
Anthony Welsh ... Hassan
David Ajala ... Tyrone
Jerome Bailey Jerome Bailey ... Reames
Basil Abdul-Latif Basil Abdul-Latif ... Mubarak
Ben Mendelsohn ... Neville Love
Matt Faris Matt Faris ... Officer Hall
Aisha Bywaters Aisha Bywaters ... Nurse Bankford (as Aisha Walters)
Sam Spruell ... Deputy Governor Haynes


Eric Love is a 19 year old teenager who is so violent he has been 'Starred Up' (Moved to Adult prison) where he finds his father Neville who Eric hasn't seen since he was 5 (since he was put into care). Neville tries to get Eric to settle down, so Eric gets a chance to go through therapy with Oliver. Written by danielandrew123

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We're all different on the inside


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

26 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$816,355 (United Kingdom), 21 March 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,561, 29 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,100, 5 September 2014
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title ("Starred Up") is a term used to describe the early transfer of a criminal from a Young Offender Institution to an adult prison. See more »


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[first lines]
Principal Officer Scott: Uncuff him.
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A window into the reality that is British society.
22 July 2014 | by JohnLamberioSee all my reviews

Firstly, this is not an uplifting or feel good film, nor was it ever intended to be. If you like your film gritty and pulsatingly realistic, you'd be going back years to find a film that stands up to this.

From the outset, it is clear our young protagonist is fighting not just for survival within a hardened prison wing, but also demons that reside within. Hope is offered in the shape of a freelancing counsellor, which is initially met with disdain during a group meeting. The film then continues to show(graphically), the complex arrangements within the prison walls, and how relationships can often start badly, but develop into a more meaningful co-existence ad friendship because of it.

The usual bad prison warden is on offer too, but is done so delectably well. The anger the viewer feels at certain points in this film is palpable from the sheer heartlessness of the authorities. Prisoner's are not viewed with any great sense of humanity, dependant on stature within the the Prison of course. The unfairness of it all had me wanting to wring the neck of certain characters, all due to the powerlessness of the our protagonists position.

Does the young charger hold back? Never. Like a bull ramming it's horns against an immovable wall, he keeps the pressure on inmates and authorities alike. It's a ferocious watch, and superbly realised by Jack O'Connell playing Eric, a star in the making for certain.

Terrific acting, superb directing, eye-watering set pieces and an emotive experience of life on the inside. Simply does not get better. 10/10

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