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Scrubbers (1982)

R | | Drama | 1 February 1984 (USA)
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Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda York Amanda York ... Carol Howden
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Annetta Brady
Elizabeth Edmonds ... Kathleen
Kate Ingram Kate Ingram ... Eddie
Mandi Symonds Mandi Symonds ... Mac (as Amanda Symonds)
Kathy Burke ... Glennis
Debby Bishop Debby Bishop ... Doreen (as Debbie Bishop)
Eva Mottley Eva Mottley ... Pam
Imogen Bain Imogen Bain ... Sandy
Honey Bane Honey Bane ... Molly
Camille Davis Camille Davis ... Sharon
Rachel Weaver ... Gwen (as Rachael Weaver)
Dawn Archibald Dawn Archibald ... Mary
Faith Tingle Faith Tingle ... Hilary
Lilian Rostkowska Lilian Rostkowska ... Phyllis
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Two girls escape from an open borstal for two very different reasons; Annetta to attempt to visit her baby daughter, who is being raised in a convent; and Carol, who hopes to be recaptured and sent to a closed borstal where she knows her girlfriend Doreen is being held. Carol's plan works, although she is devastated to find that not only has Doreen found herself a new girlfriend inside (who both taunt and tease Carol), when Annetta is arrested at the convent and sent to the same closed borstal, she assumes it was Carol who "grassed" her up and proceeds to plan her revenge. Carol finds protection in the form of inmate Eddie, while Annetta's constant bullying attempts keep her in solitary confinement; however, Carol's world is turned upside-down when Eddie is released from bortsal and her protection is gone... Written by Rhino <rh1n0@blueyonder.co.uk>

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IT'S A CRIME WHAT PRISON CAN DO TO A GIRL!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aonde Nasce um Crime See more »

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HandMade Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Promotional materials for the film on DVD have stated this movie is from "The writers of Scum (1979)" but in fact only one of the writers, Roy Minton, worked on that movie, as Scum (1979) only had one writer. The other writers of "Scrubbers" did not work on Scum (1979). See more »

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Mac: [Mac's final song] A Borstal girl came home one day / To find her love had gone away / She asked him why he went astray / He turned to her, and he did say / "Once, you could have been my wife / If you had led a decent life / But you preferred a life of crime / So, back in side, and do your time."
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A Common Story With Good Performance, Horrible Pronunciation and Characters not Well Developed
19 June 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The lesbian Carol Howden (Amanda York) and the troublemaker Annetta Brady (Chrissie Cotterill) escape from a reformatory for different reasons: Carol wants be arrested again and to go to Borstal, where her girlfriend is imprisoned, and Anneta wants to see her daughter in a foster house. They both are sent to Borstal, a prison for young women, where the whole story takes place. Annetta blames Carol for their new arresting. This English movie has a good performance of the cast. However, the characters are so badly developed that we, viewers, do not know the reasons and the motives why the women are confined in such a place. Their accents are horrible and the story has nothing different or special comparing with other movies of this theme. Watchable and forgettable. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): 'Aonde Nasce o Crime' ('Where The Crime is Born')


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