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Peter Mullan's third feature as a writer and director, after Orphans and The Magdalene Sisters, returns him to the 1970s Glasgow of his youth… 

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.0/10 (2,885 voted)

Peter Mullan

Stars: Conor McCarron, Peter Mullan, Greg Forrest

Peter Mullan's third feature as a writer and director, after Orphans and The Magdalene Sisters, returns him to the 1970s Glasgow of his youth…



Conor McCarron

John McGill

Peter Mullan

Mr. McGill

Greg Forrest

John McGill – aged 10

Joe Szula

Benny McGill

John Joe Hay


Gary Lewis

Mr. Russell

Mhairi Anderson


Richard Mack


Gary Milligan


Christopher Wallace

Wee T

Marianna Palka

Aunt Beth

Steven Robertson

Mr. Bonetti

David McKay

Mr. Holmes

Linda Cuthbert

Mrs Matheson

Martin Bell


Some people need to be taught a lesson.


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Release Date: 20 April 2011

Filming Locations: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Opening Weekend: £283,210
(23 January 2011)
(72 Screens)

Gross: £632,204
(30 January 2011)

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Did You Know?


The film uses "Non-Educated DelinquentS" as a "backronym" for "neds" as it is commonly used in modern day Scotland since the 90s. The English equivalent is chav. Many people including police officials and politicians (including famously Rosie Kane MSP) have discussed the term ned using this definition. As the term ned has been used far longer and dates back to the 19th century according to the OED it is not proven that this is the true origin of the term.


Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
The film starts in 1972. The film ends in 1974. The film starts in 1972 whilst join is leaving primary education. The disco in question happens when John is in third year at secondary school. This is autumn of 1974. So playing a song from January of 1974 is absolutely no problem.

User Review

Brutally Classy

Rating: 10/10

Just watched this at the cinema and had to write my first review!
Having lived in Glasgow for eight years and seen the number of Chelsea
smiles on show, this film hits the nail on the head as to how brutal
Glasgow is for deprived kids. The acting is first class. Connor
McCarron puts in a mighty performance as a child with a promising
future, only to see his dreams disappear as he gets increasingly
involved in the Glasgow gangs. 1970's Glasgow is flawlessly recreated
and the mood of the film grips you within the first minute. If you've
seen it you'l know what i mean! The pace is perfect, Peter Mullan does
an excellent job in showing the downfall of the characters and asking
questions of society and how tough life can be for a young kid in what
is a violent city. I honestly came out of the cinema traumatised and
spellbound, which is no mean feat. I would recommend to all, but warn
you it will affect you, the violence is intense and the language is
pretty grim, but realistic, thats how it is! Possibly s good as
Scotlands finest film: Trainspotting, which is something i never
thought i'd say.