DVD - 2004 | Theatrical version.
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A story about life in a British borstal for young offenders.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Blue Underground, [2004]
Edition: Theatrical version.
Copyright Date: ℗2004
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Scum
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (78 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm


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Sep 10, 2018

Alan Clarke's direction is hard, clear and utterly uncompromising, and the performances of his largely unfamiliar cast are so authentic and convincing as to make one flinch.

Sep 05, 2018

Well? With an attention-grabbing, little title like "Scum", how the hell could one possibly expect to be treated like anything else but dirt while viewing this decidedly nasty (and apparently realistic) look at the reform school system (for young, male offenders) as it stood in 1970s Britain?

Clearly filmed for its sheer shock-value and its focus on brutal violence, I find it really hard to believe that "Scum" was initially intended to be a 1977 Made-For-TV movie. But, due to its fairly graphic depiction of suicide, male-rape and racism, the prudish BBC refused to allow its release for public broadcasting.

And, so, Scum was eventually re-shot by its director, Alan Clarke. And it then made its theatrical debut (much to the public's gasps & shock) in 1979.

The positive outcome of Scum's brutal storyline being brought to the immediate attention of the general public was that serious and dramatic changes (for the better) promptly went into effect. These corrections quickly improved the dismal conditions that clearly existed at youth detention centers all across the UK.

Scum's fist-in-your-face story tells the tale of Carlin, a new reform-school inmate who's already earned a fierce reputation as being a very bad-assed bad-boy.

Yes. Scum is most certainly chock-full of endless hate, racism and profanity. (And, yes, an inevitable "prison riot" is thrown in for good measure)

And, yes, Scum is most definitely flawed and cliched like any other film you'd see about life-behind-bars. But, still, 40 years later (even for the ultimately jaded viewer), it still manages to pack a considerable-sized wallop, even if one's "been there/seen that" a thousand times before.

Jan 18, 2015

Just another overrated,and over hyped foreign film.It is kind of interesting to a certain extent,showing me things i have never seen before ever concerning a bunch of teenage boys from different nations in a concentration camp type situation so to speak.Maybe my star rating for this film will change for the better if i watch it one more time with my headphones on the entire time,BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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