Scum (1979)

Directed by: Alan Clarke
Starring: Ray Winstone (Carlin), Mick Ford (Archer), Peter Howell (Governor)
Country: UK, European Cinema
Language: English (English subs)
Runtime: 01:36:54
Genres: Teensploitation, Racism, Rape-Men

Plot – Spoilers:
Three teenagers arrive at a notorious borstal run by a rabidly Christian Governor and his nasty staff. One of the teens Carlin gets special attention from the wardens as he was sent there for assaulting a warden at his previous borstal.

Carlin soon has to fight established gangs whose leaders see him as a threat to their Daddy status. There’s also the constant threat of violence from the brutal and sadistic wardens. He makes a friend in Archer, whose sole goal is to piss the authorities off while walking the fine edges of the rule books.

Scum is a grim portrayal of the flawed youth detention system in Britain and wasn’t allowed to be broadcast on television for several years.

One thought on “Scum (1979)

  • November 9, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Well there’s my last shred of optimism and goodwill towards human establishments gone down the toilet.


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