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Scum: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this film was made...

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Ratings: IMDB: 7.7/10 Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released: September 12, 1979
Runtime: 98 mins
Genres: Drama Crime
Countries: UK
Director: Alan Clarke
Actors: Alan Igbon Andrew Paul Bill Dean Danny John-Jules George Winter Herbert Norville James Donnelly Jo Kendall John Blundell John Fowler John Grillo John Judd John Rogan Julian Firth Michael Tarn Mick Ford Nigel Humphreys Patrick Murray Perry Benson Peter Howell PH Moriarty Phil Daniels Philip DaCosta Philip Jackson Ray Burdis Ray Jewers Ray Winstone Sean Chapman

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Posted by spider6969 5 years, 6 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

This film potrayed a youth incarceration system that just didnt work, Corruption and brutality ran amok and several years later the Borstal system was torn down and made way for prison reforms regarding youngsters in the UK. Classic film and still as hard hitting as it was back then. 8/10

Posted by movie_tyrant 6 years, 9 months ago
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Alan Clarke strikes again with another British classic. see full review below.

Posted by gangofone 2 years ago
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I was a teenager when this came out, and bluffed my way into the cinema to watch. In some ways I wish I hadnt. Made me feel sick in the stomach in one part. There are some things one should not see. They will stay with you for a long time if not the rest of your life.

Posted by indubitable 5 years, 1 month ago
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Only one word describes this movie - Amazing and Sad. Describes the difficult life of the inmates in British Borstal in the old days. 9/10. A Classic.

Posted by geedee1 6 years, 3 months ago
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i really did enjoy this movie defo a must watch

Posted by spazmatron 6 years, 4 months ago
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thats how it was back then in institutions in the uk hard times for them all 8/10

Posted by Cacibubko 6 years, 7 months ago
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This movie was sad and cruel hate ignorancy all the "best"things of human nature...my rating 3,8/5..crime and punishment but for adults no for such children..system sucks for sure

Posted by Kanifuker 4 months ago
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People moaning about the ending just makes me laugh, the ending was spot on for this film. Clueless bunch on here. This is a classic and the Yank version is awful. 10/10

Posted by Brandonalds 6 months ago
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might aswell be on the disney channel

Posted by andychrist 2 years ago
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why do people think the ending was a let down or rubbish? fitted exactly , better than an unrealistic fairytale hollywood one anyway.

Posted by tre3la 2 years, 5 months ago
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One word to describe what I just watched,..sadness. I found myself overwhelmed by the inability of the men in charge of these young men and boys to recognize in them their own humanity. Contempt breeds contempt and enables the circle of violence and depravity to be unbroken. Although made in 1979 one thing that remains true of all prison system juvenile or adult is the mixing of inmates regardless of crimes. Why would you put a check forger in the same company of a murderer or a thief in the company of a psychopath. Some people come out of prisons worse than when they went in bc of the measures they have to take to survive.

Posted by raidmar 3 years ago
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it was certainly crazy to say the least. 8/10

Posted by ness17 4 years, 6 months ago
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Really good film But bit disapointed not as good as I thought it wud b Quite a rubbish ending but an ok watch

Posted by robb1nbanks 4 years, 8 months ago
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This movie is just pure brutal, it really conveys what life was like back then

Posted by EraseTheHate 4 years, 11 months ago
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Classic film. Ray Winstone is a wonderful actor. Kind of a sad movie. A must see.

Posted by ferdy123 5 years, 2 months ago
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still a great watch 10/10

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Posted by cjjthedon 5 years, 9 months ago
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Where's your tool?? What tool?? This fuckin tool!!!! 4/5 classic!!!

Posted by junglebhoy 5 years, 10 months ago
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not as good as the original bbc play, which was banned still good though

Posted by deevo25 7 years, 1 month ago
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I'm the daddy now. 4/5

Posted by magicmojoman 6 years, 4 months ago ( Edited 6 years, 4 months ago )
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This came way before Sean Penn's Bad Boys. Ending was a let down. Both were good for their time. Check them out daddy....

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