Scum

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Released 1979

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Director:
Alan Clarke
Released:
1979
Rating:
R
Scum is a 1979 film which depicts the harsh, anarchic life in a British borstal (a youth offenders' reform institute). The film follows Carlin (Ray Winstone), who has been transferred from another reformatory after he assaulted a warden there. Directed by Alan Clarke, Scum weaves a bleak tale of abuse, brutality, inhumanity, and corruption. Carlin, for instance, is beaten by the guards on arrival and forced to submit to them almost immediately. The officers then deliberately place him in the same dormitory as Pongo Banks (John Bundell), the "daddy" (the most dominant inmate) of the institute. Although Pongo initially, under the encouragement of the warders, attacks and beats Carlin up, Carlin bides his time and finally strikes back at an opportune moment of his choosing, thus becoming the borstal's new daddy. Unfortunately, in this bleak and sadistic environment, even this position of power cannot prevent Carlin and his friends' lives from spiraling into tragedy.
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    Drama

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    Thrillers, Crime