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Alan Clarke Birlesik Krallik, 1979

Richmond Hill's rating of the film Scum

Something of an icon for the thuggery it supposedly deplores. The BBC play is generally superior with a sparer, bleaker take on institutional brutalism and a more finely drawn set of character vignettes than this too broad a version which tends to confuse punchy drama for crude, binary violence. Nevertheless it has a certain rough simplicity in its slam-dunk approach, even if the reform plea is crushed underfoot.