Scum (1979)

The film they tried to ban! A brutal story of today.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 1979-09-12
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 104 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 38min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Berwick Street Productions
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director:
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From 104 Ratings
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This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'. This film is a re-make, by the same director and writer, of a 1977 BBC teleplay banned before broadcast [see Scum (1991)].

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  • Scum Photos

    Camera Phil Meheux Director of Photography
    Editing Michael Bradsell Editor
    Production Michael Relph Executive Producer
    Production Clive Parsons Producer
    Production Don Boyd Executive Producer
    Directing Alan Clarke Director
    Production Davina Belling Producer
    Art Michael Porter Art Direction
    Writing Roy Minton Writer