Scum (1991)

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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 ... See full summary »


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21 December 2005 | reversa2
one of the most brutal movies ever made
this movie was made after the B.B.C. had problems with the original TV version,which to my mind was just as brutal.you can't help but root for Carlin as he gets his revenge,the greenhouse scene has to be up there with the likes of certain scenes from 'cannibal holocaust' and 'last house on the left'.Truly harrowing and unforgettable.Ray Winstone is one of my all time favourite actors,as is Phil Daniels.This film stands as a tribute to Alan Clarke (Made In Britain is also another classic).This movie remains as one of the grittiest movies I have ever seen.I saw it for the first time when I was about ten years of age,on a pre-certificate VHS copy round at my dad's mate's house one Saturday night.The film has stayed with me ever since,and now I own my own copy of the film,I hope to show it to my son when he is older(I hope he appreciates it!!!)

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Trivia

The game seen played in the sports hall is based on British Bulldog. In borstal it was known as 'murder-ball'.


Quotes

Formby: Why am I so far away from home Matron?
Eckersley: Because you murdered that kid.


Alternate Versions

There are differences between the TV and the theatrical version:

  • It is shown in 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
  • Any punches, slaps or kickings are muffled.
  • There is a scene with the 3 new arrivals having a bath in the TV version and not in the theatrical version. Davis complains about the water being too warm and gets slapped.
  • No strong language was used in the TV version.
  • Archer and Carlin talking to each other for the first time differs between the two versions. In the TV version, they talk to each other in the laundry whereas in the theatrical version, a changing room.
  • Banks bullying Davis is slightly different. In the tv version Banks grabs Davis and slaps him and tells him that he is the daddy here and pays his dues like the rest. When Davis says he doesn't smokes, Banks slaps him again. In the theatrical version, he does something similar but kicks Davis as he stood up and shoves him back onto the bench.
  • In the TV version, Davis getting bullied again. Richards pours hot tea on him and Mr. Sands shouts at Davis for being a slob.
  • The TV version omits a scene with Archer talking to the Matron about vetos on books.
  • In the TV version, Mr Greaves asks Carlin about his bruised face. The theatrical version is similar but Mr Sands asks Carlin about his face.
  • The TV version omits Meakin asks the Matron when is she going to call them by their first names.
  • Bank's beating by Carlin is similar in both versions. In the tv version, Carlin dunks Bank's head in the sink and hits him a few times and calmly declares himself the new daddy. He finally kicks kicks him once in the groin. The theatrical is similar but Carlin is more angrier.
  • Baldy's beating by Carlin is fairly brief. The sound effect when Carlin beats him with the pipe is muffled.
  • Toyne's suicide is deleted in the TV version.
  • There is a brief scene with Archer painting "I am happy" on a wall. This is not in the TV version
  • Carlin's homosexual relationship with another inmate is in the TV version.
  • Davis' rape is brief and non graphic compared to the graphic and prolonged film version. His suicide is not as graphic as the theatrical version.
  • After the riots, Carlin is taken to the punishment block and beaten up. The theatrical version is similar but more graphic.
  • The credits has music unlike the theatrical version.


Soundtracks

Itchycoo Park
Written by
Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott
Performed by Small Faces (as The Small Faces)

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Genres

Crime | Drama

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