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Release Date: August 27th, 2014

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
An explosive teenager runs into his equally violent father after being switched to an adult prison from a facility for juveniles.

Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Jack O'Connell, Sam Spruell, David Ajala, Peter Ferdinando, Anthony Welsh, Ashley Chin

Director: David Mackenzie

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Northern Ireland Screen, Creative Scotland, Sigma, Quickfire Films, Lipsync Productions, Film4

Distributors: Tribeca Film

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  • The raw emotions on display need no translation. David Mackenzie directs the film in a piercingly realistic style. His ingenious decision to forgo a score makes Starred Up even more immersive, because all you hear is the dehumanizing din of prison. show more

  • Some years from now, Starred Up, a rough, violent and, to American ears, half-indecipherable British prison drama, will be remembered as the film that announced a new star, Jack O’Connell. show more

  • Director David Mackenzie's gripping, convincing and convincingly violent convict drama owes its authenticity largely to the experiences of ex-prison therapist Jonathan Asser, who wrote its screenplay. But the opening 10 minutes are a virtuosic example of virtually wordless filmmaking. show more

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