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11 days to watch
334 Ratings


Directed by Alan Clarke
United Kingdom, 1979
  • English
  • No subtitles


A young offender is sent to borstal (“reform school” in American terms) and faces the brutality and indifference of the guards. He manages to work his way to the top of the prisoner heap by his use of violence against the reigning inmates who attempt to intimidate him.

Our take

Acclaimed British director Alan Clarke (Elephant) successfully remade his TV film Scum for the cinemas after the BBC banned it due to the docudrama-like harshness of its prison drama. The aggressive realism and social critique is sharpened even more by casting a young Ray Winstone in the lead.

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Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival


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