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British social workers see hope for a teen-age skinhead who likes to steal cars and throw bricks.

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Written by David Leland and directed by Alan Clarke, Made in Britain is a slice of horrible but not inaccurate life from 1982. It holds a terrific early performance from Tim Roth as a skinhead with a swastika caste-mark tattoo, who constantly bares shark-like teeth as he spits embittered, articulate defiance at caring social workers and truncheon-wielding policemen alike. Sixteen-year-old Trevor (Roth) is remanded to an assessment center before sentencing, but remains determined to disobey the rules imposed on him by any authority figures and spends the whole 73-minute play challenging the system to smack him back down, by vandalizing the Job Centre, using his case-file as a toilet, stealing cars, victimizing members of the "immigrant community" and shouting bile at people. The cycle that will lead him to an adult life in prison is explained to him with blackboard diagrams, but he believes he's better off keeping his hatred burning than toeing the line to end up as a no-hoper in a society that prizes obedience over conscience. It was originally televised as one of four Leland-filmed dramas about different aspects of the British education system, which made it seem less monomaniacal in its focus on an extreme case. There's no denying that it's an honest portrait of a monster calculated to terrify even the most concerned liberals which still manages to celebrate his self-destructive defiance. A film for television rather than a TV play, it has very strong language but the violence is all in Roth's face. --Kim Newman

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary #1 with Star Tim Roth
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Writer David Leland and Producer Margaret Matheson
  • Archive Interview with Star Tim Roth
  • Poster & Still Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: John Bleasdale, Brian Hayes (II), Sharon Courtney, Terry Richards, Joan Ware
  • Directors: Alan Clarke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IAB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Made in Britain" on IMDb

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By David OBrien on April 30, 2007
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Directed by Alan Clarke and scripted by David Leland, this is an excellent one off play/film about a deliquent 16 year old called Trevor played by Tim Roth who refuses to conform to the laws. He gets in trouble with authority but doesn't heed the warnings until he is finally 'dealt with' by the powers that be. At the end of the film, we see a frightened but not cowed teenager who must face punishment for his crimes. I remember seeing this film when it aired on Channel 4 in the UK in the 1980s. At the time, it had a big impact on me as I was a teenager myself. Down through the years it is still being hailed as a very important piece of work regarding its social commentary and is mentioned in the same breath as Alan Clarke's other play 'Scum'. It also bears striking similarities to Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' and Shane Meadows' new film 'This Is England'.

The best part of this film is the performance of Tim Roth who showed his talent at a young age in this his first major film. Roth has gone on to excel as a movie star since then. It really is worth watching this. Roth appears in nearly every frame of this 73 minute film and it makes for compelling viewing.
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Excellent movie. Although Trevor is way way over the top, I find this story very believable. I've known skins and punks, with better lives, that are/were just as untame as Trevor. Many other skinhead movies portray skinheads with a smile, as they get ready for violence. Giving friends a "high five" (actually or metephorically). Trevor keeps that pissed off look on his face. He is truly angry, as was the majority of lower class England. Although he was a racist, this story illustrated the deeper root. Angry, young, and poor.
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Great movie! Tim Roths first film appearance and it's a great one. My husband said that he (Tim Roth) strolled into an audition looking for air for his bike's tires and when the people at the audition saw him they loved him for the role and hired him. This is how he got his start. It's a great story and a great movie about a kid with no chances left with the law who just can't get It right, or doesn't care to... I you want to see an older movie about a rebellious little English prick with a chip on his shoulder then you've picked the right movie. Classic.
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Its a great movie , alittle slow but it tells a good story . Its a classic and if you have seen Romper Stomper , and Suburbia it fits right in in these punk ,skin ,nf style movies. The anger and hate twards authority seems very real
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If for whatever reason you would want to know what dealing with a skinhead is like, how their minds function, this is your film. Tim Roth completely gets the character, so his fans will love this film; he is a first rate actor and this is one of his first acting gigs. But the deeper point is the insight that he offers into what can only be called a radical politics that is anarchic, sociopathic, and right wing.

If you have ever looked into the eyes of someone who hates you because of your race and is prepared to hurt or kill you for it, you will recognize the core message of this film. If that is something you want to understand, then this is your film in spades. As a half-Chinese, I have seen this in its rawest form as a youth in the US. It is real, ugly, and unredeemable, unreachable. I have never seen it portrayed in such a raw manner, at least in regards to skinheads.

REcommended. It is as horrible as it seems.
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By skinhead jr on December 18, 2012
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What can i say tim roth showed a amazing performist and for the movie to comment also on what was happing in london during the big war times. Personally ive been where he has and am also a skin but i also know how the system is broken and once great sharp skinhead can become retard racist who have no right to call themselfs skinheads. great movie love how they captured everything.
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"Scum" was the first Alan Clarke film I viewed; I considered it an unsung masterpiece. "Made In Britain" was the second Clarke film for me, and it could not have been more of a disappointment. "Scum" was a scathing indictment of the brutality of the juvenile detention centers in England; "Made In Britain" is the opposite perspective, of how the juvenile detention center of England are failing due to their non-punitive approach. The main character is a neo-Nazi; he espouses to hate foreigners and promises mass murder; he throws bricks through windows and steals cars. Yet, everyone from judges to social workers keep saying he's just misunderstood and needs more love and freedom.
I suspect "Made In Britain" was intended as dark-natured satire. What it was for me was simply off-putting.
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This was the screen debut for Tim Roth – who was 19 at the time. He gives an electrifying performance as Trevor – a seething mass of Neo Nazi hatred. We are first introduced to Trevor in a Magistrates Courtroom – he has thrown a brick through a Pakistani’s window. On His face is a small swastika (right between his eyebrows), and he has a scorpion on his neck. Even without the fearsome attitude, Trevor’s appearance alone is enough to scare. The judge in front of him looks at Trevor’s history of petty crime and assault…

‘This is a long depressing list – are you not ashamed of yourself?’

Trevor: No.

He is unrepentant. And relentless.

Made in Britain charts the relationship between this uncompromising youth and the rest of the people in the systems that are paid to provide a solution to him – the figure is long. They don't make them like this anymore. British film par excellance
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