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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!

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Drama

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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

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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According to the DVD sleeve notes, the film featured "actors who have actually done time". 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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Not your run of the mill WIP flick
11 May 2016 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Caught this years ago at a Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. They showed it along with "Scum" which dealt with the horrors of teenage male prisoners in England. This deals with women in prison.

The film focuses on two women who escape--one (Annetta) wants to visit her baby daughter who is being raised in a convent. The other (Carol) wants to be recaptured and sent to a prison where her girlfriend is. They're both recaptured but Annetta wrongly assumes that Carol ratted on her. Then they're both sent to the same prison and Annetta seeks revenge. It all leads to a depressing ending.

Grim and brutal. There's no humor and no letup in the tension. All the actresses are (pretty obviously) too old to be playing 20 year olds but their acting is so good I was able to ignore it. Worth catching. Trying seeing it with "Scum" which is even more disturbing.


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