Scum (1979)

In Borstal, survival rules!

  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • Release Date: 1979-09-12
  • User Rating: 7.1/10 from 185 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 38min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Berwick Street Productions
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Alan Clarke
star 7.1/10
From 185 Ratings


Powerful, uncompromising drama about two boys' struggle for survival in the nightmare world of Britain's notorious Borstal Reformatory.

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  • Ray Winstone

    as Carlin
  • Mick Ford

    as Archer
  • Julian Firth

    as Davis
  • John Blundell

    as Banks
  • Phil Daniels

    as Richards
  • John Judd

    as Mr. Sands
  • Philip Jackson

    as Mr Greaves
  • Peter Howell

    as Governor
  • Bill Dean

    as Mr Duke
  • John Grillo

    as Mr Goodyear
  • P.H. Moriarty

    as Mr. Hunt
  • Ray Burdis

    as Eckersley
  • Alan Igbon

    as Meakin
  • John Fowler

    as Woods
  • Jo Kendall

    as Matron
  • Alrick Riley

    as Angel
  • Sean Chapman

    as James
  • Andrew Paul

    as Betts
  • Patrick Murray

    as Dougan
  • Herbert Norville

    as Toyne
  • George Winter

    as Rhodes
  • Ray Jewers

    as PE Teacher
  • Nigel Humphreys

    as Taylor
  • Perry Benson

    as Formby
  • Danny John-Jules

    as Baldy's lookout (uncredited)
  • Peter Francis

    as Baldy
Production Don Boyd Executive Producer
Camera Phil Meheux Director of Photography
Editing Michael Bradsell Editor
Production Clive Parsons Producer
Production Michael Relph Executive Producer
Production Davina Belling Producer
Directing Alan Clarke Director
Writing Roy Minton Writer
Art Mike Porter Production Design
Art Mike Porter Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Debbie Scragg Makeup Artist
Sound David John Sound Mixer
Sound Tony Message Sound Effects Editor
Sound Terry Poulton Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Monica Howe Wardrobe Master
Art Judith Lang Assistant Art Director