Scum
Scum (1980)

SCUM tells the story of Carlin, a new reform school inmate with a reputation as a hard case. The authorities encourage gang leader Pongo to humble Carlin, but he beats Pongo down and takes over the mantle of Daddy. The guards institute a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 1980
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
83%
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User Score
91%


Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

One of the great films about boys and violence ...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has a raw power that is disturbing.

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Mike Mazzanti
The Film Stage

Scum lives up to its title to this day, its manic energy balanced with an assured and naked openness that creates a searing level of realism and, as such, savagery.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Clarke's prison, like Losey's, crystallizes the societal rot on the outside

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I'm the Daddy!
Sarah Gaish
Still incredibly shocking and disturbing even 30 years on. Delivers a strong depiction of life in a borstal during the 1970's. A film that must be… More
Jack Hawkins
Despite being released over 30 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Scum has lost none of its punch. Scum is an unforgiving portrait of the… More
Steve K
A good film, but nowhere near as sensational as I'd heard it was.
Lady D'arbanville
A film I've always meant to waatch, but only just got around to seeing it. It's the 70's and gritty brutal life inside a English Borstal for… More
Lee ?
"The Daddy" of all prison movies. No other film has come close to being as brutal, realistic and shocking as this. Racism, suicide, rape, bullying are… More

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