''Scum'' is a 1979 British film directed by Alan Clarke, originally based off of a 1977 BBC teleplay. In 2010, the film was remade by Kim Chapiron, under the title ''Dog Pound''. The following page covers tropes appearing in all three versions.

The film is ''very'' noteable for several reasons:

'''1.''' The BBC Teleplay and film both starred RayWinstone, and essentially launched his career.

'''2.''' Though not an actual [[VideoNasty "Video Nasty"]], [[MoralGuardians Mary]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing White]][[TheFundamentalist house]] ''was'' successful in her private prosecution in the High Court case against Channel 4 for showing the film. (Channel 4 later won an appeal, however) Because of this, "Scum" frequently shows up under video nasty lists, despite not actually being one. Part of the reason for all the controversy was because of how [[{{Gorn}} extraordinarily violent]] the film was, as well as its brutal depictions of racism and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking harsh language]], particularly for Thatcher-era Britain.

'''3.''' Though without the violence and general extremity of its remake, The original 1977 teleplay did have one thing that many modern audiences will find particularly surprising given the time period it was made in: a homosexual relationship between Carlin and another inmate. Granted, the relationship wasn't exactly positive, but still.

That being said, the main gist of the film(s) is something like this:

Three thugs; Carlin (Butch in Dog Pound), Davis, and Angel, are all taken into custody and brought to a good ol' British Borstal (an American Juvenile Correctional Facility in Dog Pound). What they proceed to discover is that where they have been sent is in fact a WretchedHive of Racism and Violence, and corrupt wardens/officers. And that's just the beginning. From then on, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse.]] Much, ''MUCH'' worse.

When listing the tropes, everything appears in all three versions, unless otherwise noted.


!!Tropes appearing in ''Scum''/''Dog Pound'':
* CombatPragmatist: Carlin does ''not'' fight fair, and most of his victories come from taking people by surprise and/or using improvised weapons.
* CutHimselfShaving: Everyone says "I fell" or "I tripped" when they're asked how they got hurt. Nobody actually believes it, though Carlin does manage a slightly more convincing version when he tells the governor that he "wasn't used to the stone steps", but "can see why [the guard] thought he'd been fighting".
* DeadpanSnarker: Archer fits this perfectly. He frames his snarks more politely than normal for this trope to avoid provoking the guards, but his observations can be very cutting.
* DepravedBisexual: Carlin is this in the original BBC Teleplay. However, while he is extremely violent and domineering, it is not directly linked to his sexuality.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Davis.]] It apparently happens with some frequency.
* FakeAmerican: Most of the cast of ''Dog Pound'' is [[CanadaEh Canadian]]. They do a good job of hiding it, though.
* {{Gorn}}: For the era, the theatrical 1979 version of ''Scum'' was this. Even now, the blood is still rather.... copious.
* FanService: For some viewers, ''Dog Pound'' was ''definitely'' this. You get to see [[Series/{{Degrassi}} Spinner]], almost completely ''naked''!
* GentlemanSnarker: Archer is not exactly a gentleman, but he is very polite and never directly insults anyone. This doesn't stop his observations from striking right at the heart of the system.
* GoKartingWithBowser: One memorable scene in ''Scum'' has one of the guards give Archer his coffee and actually engage in a serious conversation with him. Unfortunately, Archer oversteps the intelligence and tolerance of the guard, and his argument against the entire system is taken as a personal insult.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Definitely in ''Dog Pound''.
* GroinAttack: Carlin's favourite combat tactic.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: During the beginning of ''Dog Pound'', the viewers are treated to all three male leads essentially naked, save for them cupping their privates with their hands. {{Justified|Trope}}, however: they ''are'' being checked into a Juvenile Correctional Facility, and ''would'' need to be strip-searched.
* HandsomeLech: Max and (probably/hopefully) Davis in ''Dog Pound'', Archer in ''Scum'' to a lesser extent.
* HotForTeacher: In ''Dog Pound'', most of the students seem to find Miss Biggs quite attractive. Despite Davis's story, however, the feeling is ''NOT'' [[HotForStudent mutual.]]
* HellholePrison: Well, duh.
* ImplausibleDeniability: "I slipped"
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: One of the reasons Carlin is such a dangerous fighter is that he doesn't hesitate to use things like iron bars and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86xNR0zQkuQ a sock filled with snooker balls]].
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Played with. Archer is generally a loner, and it is because he is more intelligent, but it's not because the others shun him due to his cleverness; he deliberately stays away from other people and pretends to be slightly crazy in order to avoid the endemic violence.
* IntoxicationEnsues: In ''Dog Pound'', Davis takes some crack (?) believing it to be cocaine. While intoxication does ensue, unlike most versions of this trope, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] most definitely does [[TearJerker NOT]] ensue.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Butch in DogPound. Although not a jerk, he is a violent criminal but he's easily a character with the most redeeming qualities and even assaults people who do terrible things to several inmates for no reason.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Davis']] rapist(s) in both versions of ''Scum''. Not so in ''Dog Pound'', though.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: in ''Dog Pound'', [[spoiler: this is Goodyear's reaction to accidentally killing Angel]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Mess with Carlin/Butch, and you're in for a world of hurt.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Archer's coping tactic. It ensures the hard men leave him alone and he gets a relatively quiet life.
* PrisonRape[=/=]RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Davis.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In ''Dog Pound'', Goodyear... eventually.
* SituationalSexuality: As in most prison settings, it seems likely that many of the men who engage in homosexual activities are only doing so because of the absence of women.
* TheSmartGuy: Archer's intelligence is so far above all the other inmates and guards that nobody is quite sure what to do with him, especially since he isn't actually violent or insolent.
* ViolentGlaswegian: {{Averted|Trope}}, due to casting. Originally, Carlin was intended to be from Glasgow, but the director was so impressed with Ray Winstone's audition, that he dropped that and cast him.
* WorkingOnTheChainGang: Sort of. Nobody is actually chained together, but they ''do'' do manual labour while huddled close.
* WretchedHive: The facility the boys are sent to.
* YouRebelScum: For the first two versions. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's right there in the title]].