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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Frankie is sent from London to Spain to make a delivery to Charlie, who likes the kid and shows him the ropes including the use of guns and drugs. Frankie likes the sun, pools and the cute, bikini clad girls and stays in Spain.
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The film is considered to be one of the most controversial British films of the 1980's decade. See more »
Archer, an intelligent character, refers to a Bible in Yugoslavian. There is no such language. See more »
What happened to yer face, Carlin?
I fell, sir.
[Carlin tries to talk but Mr Sands interrupts him]
Quiet! Speak when I tell you! Somebody hit you, eh? Answer, somebody hit you.
We know about you, sunny. Who was it?
I fell sir. On the stairs. Wasn't used to the concrete steps. Me own fault.
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The Odyssey video release (UK) has a much louder sound effect when Carlin hits Baldy with the iron pipe than can be heard on the supposedly unedited TV version. See more »
Be warned that you should go into this film with your guard up. By the time the final scene has faded quietly out, you will probably be in a state of shock.
The film details life in a Borstal institution and the violence and racial hatred that runs rampant through both the prisoners and their wardens. There is nothing cheery here at all and that is precisely the point. Director Alan Clarke deliberately films with a documentary style and it is this realism that makes the film so shattering. Scenes of sexual and racial abuse are placed in front of the camera and no raw nerve is spared the touch of the film.
It should be shown to youngsters as a reason not to turn to crime.
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