Scared Straight! Movie Review

0
1
Subscribe To:
You know what it means to get "scared straight," dontcha? It means you've got the crap scared out of you so badly you'll change your criminal (or other wrongdoing) ways.

Here's the origin of the term: Scared Straight! a watershed documentary about highschool delinquents who are exposed to the real criminal element during a three-hour deprogramming session in a real prison. Here, 30-year-to-lifers get face to face -- nose to nose, really -- with uppity teenagers thinking they're invulnerable and will never get caught during their petty crimes.

The prisoners drag these kids around, scream in their faces, and tell them what the joint is really like. The idea is to scare the pants off them so they'll stop sniffing glue, shoplifting, or whatever. Peter Falk narrates as only Peter Falk can.

The one drawback with the film is that its production values are quite low. It's hard to understand the dialogue what with all the yelling and lack of up-close microphones. In the end it's hard to figure out exactly why these kids are scared straight except that these guys make for really menacing role models.

The new DVD adds present-day coverage showing us what happened to some of the prisoners and most of the teens, hosted by Danny Glover. Were they really scared straight? Most were, some weren't. The ones that appeared hardest during the original shoot in 1978 remained that way -- and most went to prison themselves in later years (or died along the way). As a cultural study, it's far more interesting that Michael Apted's 42 Up series.

Cast & Crew

Director :

Producer :

0
1
Subscribe To:

Comments

Scared Straight! Rating

" Good "

Rating: NR, 1978

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Chicago's Gemini Club Bring A Splash Of Electronic Indie-Rock To Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA

As Red Bull Sound Select's 30-day music series comes to an end, we look...

Chicago's Gemini Club Bring A Splash Of Electronic Indie-Rock To Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA

Ridley Scott No Longer Directing 'Blade Runner 2' But Harrison Ford Will Still Appear

Ridley Scott has confirmed he will no longer direct the sequel to Blade Runner...

Ridley Scott No Longer Directing 'Blade Runner 2' But Harrison Ford Will Still Appear

Pirates, Mermaids, Neverland: Everyone's Favourite Adventure Story Returns With 'Pan' [Trailer + Pictures]

An extraordinary re-telling of a time-honoured fairy story, Peter Pan is set to...

Pirates, Mermaids, Neverland: Everyone's Favourite Adventure Story Returns With 'Pan' [Trailer + Pictures]

The Gaslight Anthem - 1,000 Years Video

Following the 12th August 2014 release of their album 'Get Hurt', The Gaslight Anthem have released a music...

The Gaslight Anthem - 1,000 Years Video

'The Interview': Why It Could Only Ever Have Been James Franco And Seth Rogen

'The Interview' has already become arguably the most controversial comedy...

'The Interview': Why It Could Only Ever Have Been James Franco And Seth Rogen

Frances Bean Cobain Producing First Authorised Kurt Cobain Documentary

Frances Bean Cobain is to produce the first fully-authorised documentary of...

Frances Bean Cobain Producing First Authorised Kurt Cobain Documentary

Jessie J Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang (2014 American Music Awards) Video

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj came together at the 2014 American...

Jessie J - Bang Bang Ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (2014 American Music Awards) Video

'Horrible Bosses 2' Should Never Have Been Made. That's For Sure.

Horrible Bosses wasn't very good. It was ok. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and...

'Horrible Bosses 2' Should Never Have Been Made. That's For Sure.
Advertisement