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Made in Britain (Special Edition) [DVD]

Tim Roth , Allister Bain , Alan Clarke    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tim Roth, Allister Bain, David Baldwin, Kim Benson, John Bleasdale
  • Directors: Alan Clarke
  • Producers: Margaret Matheson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 centre 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 vandalising the Job Centre, using his case-file as a toilet, stealing cars, victimising 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.

On the DVD: No extra features here, but it does come with optional English sub-titles, and the theme song by the Exploited over the menu. --Kim Newman

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Alan Clarke's critically acclaimed study of alienation and disaffection in Thatcher's Britain. Skinhead Trevor (Tim Roth) is a car thief with no regard whatsoever for authority figures. His social worker realizes that Trevor is highly intelligent, but any attempts to control his behaviour have disastrous results - Trevor is set on the road to self-destruction.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M MORE BRITISH THAN YOU *#@$FACE! 28 Aug 2008
This is a great film right from the start when it kicks in with the jagged chords of The Exploited's 'UK82'. The acting is really good, although the language and content is definately not suitable for Mary Whitehouse followers (to hell with that lot anyway!!). The film doesn't have an ending in the usual sense, letting the viewer make up their own mind as to what happens next. This isn't a cheerful film but it does pose some interesting questions and each viewer will respond differently towards Trevor the anti-hero. Even if you're not British, this is a powerful film to watch - the facial expressions alone make this a film worth viewing!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant reminder of a time gone by 13 Jan 2010
Anyone that was in secondary school and slightly older at this time (1982) are likely to remember a feeling of despair of this era. Unemployment was high and I remember many at school feeling "what's the point?". With several riots in the UK the year before there was still a bad taste in the air. The young were leaving school with little hope and this film captured a snapshot of this time perfectly.

It was Tim Roth's first film and what a classic it is. For those of you that were there it is a reminder of how it was in the early 1980s to be that age. For those that weren't then you'll find it a fascinating look at how things were for many at that time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Roth is brilliant! 24 Sep 2012
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
'Made In Britain' is an excellent television drama from 1982, if you enjoy a gritty British movie, this is one to look out for.

Directed by the late Alan Clarke ('Scum', 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too' as well as 12 BBC 'Play For Today' films), I was immediately taken in by the story, as well as the impressive performance of Tim Roth. Set in the 1980s, Roth plays a bored, petty criminal Skinhead in Margaret Thatcher's Britain. It is his superb portrayal of a troubled man with no future of any real job prospects that makes this such a realistic and telling piece of drama. It is only when he is sent to an assessment centre when it is revealed that he is infact a very intelligent young man. His social worker sympathies with him and tries to put him of the straight and narrow. Any chance of this looks even more unlikely when he escapes from the centre, runs wild and steals cars.

'Made In Britain' is what television dramas should be, engaging and thoroughly entertaining. It deservedly received much acclaim when it was first televised and it still holds up well today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Alan Clarke! 29 July 2012
By Pricey
Superb British film among one of the best to be made in the 80s. Tim Roth delivers a very memorable performance here much like Ray Winstone in Scum.

Fans of this will also like The Firm, Elephant and Quadrophenia.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non conformism & its consequences 10 Mar 2007
A really dark production showing the underbelly of Thatcher's Britain. Trevor, a law breaking & serial offending skinhead with racist (indeed, selectively & often contradictory, racist) views,works his way through the judicial system,as his behaviour & offences worsten.

Trevor isn't without a degree of intelligence (even cunning) but he is angry (indeed his anger seems to border on mental illness) & lives the the stereotypical existence of a right wing skin, with alife of glue sniffing, racial hatred,theft,vandalism & defiance of authority.

This film is very powerful & its potency increases,as we see Trevor descending into a spiral which will ultimately lead to a confrontation with the police, authority & the establishment which he begins to realise he can never win.

Illustrates brilliantly how a young life can be wasted if the circumstances dictate. Tim Roth is excellent in the role of Trevor & there are some marvellous performances by the rest of the cast (look out for a very young "Sergeant Cryer" from the Bill, as Trevor's social worker).

The final scene in the police station is particularly powerful as the reality of the situation his behaviour has placed him in, begins to dawn on a still defiant but far less arrogant Trevor.

Excellent British drama,well worth a punt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A horrible, but powerful film. 7 Mar 2014
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I guess you know what you are looking at if you have come this far.. You will have read the outline, and know it is about a violent and racist teenager.
Where you take it from there is up to you..
A chilling indictment of the British police and justice system.. and society- that can not, will not do something to stop this..
Or is it about a thoroughly nasty, brutal, racist thug who will not let anything divert him from his path of self destruction?
Poor him for being stuck in a social system? Poor social workers/police that have to deal with him and others like him day after day? Poor society that has to have him running wild in it?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film 19 Jan 2014
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Oi! Made in Britain is a great film.
A must buy for any skin head.Cheap as chips on it from here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 8 Dec 2013
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Tough, thought-provoking and sometimes violent. The story of a youth's resistance to conformity. It is worth watching and excellent characterisation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars oi!oi!skinhead!
still as good as i first saw this drama in the eighties.tim roth in brilliant form.
Published 18 days ago by mr.c.owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Trevor, Bob Crier And Mel from Benidorm
Powerful insight into 1970's 1980's racism. Tom Roth is magnificent as Trevor who dispute being a clever lad blames all his ills on other peoples influences. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cornish Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars still retains its savage power
Saw this when it first aired on channel 4 and it left an indelible impression.Over 30 years later and it has lost none of its gut wrenching impact due to the skill of the late... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mooncat soleil
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
character very shallow ,too much violence, not enough plot. Just about watchable, tedious in parts, hard to find a reason to like this film
Published 4 months ago by rob 5412
1.0 out of 5 stars TRAJIC
Published 11 months ago by COCARLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars made in britain
bought as i had seen it when i was younger and found it cheap i personally enjoyed it not for some people gritty and down to earth
Published 16 months ago by mark makin
5.0 out of 5 stars Made In Britain
Made in Britain is based on a angry skinhead called Trevor who goes too court for smashing a Asian mans window and then is detained and then cuases hacov by smashing a window and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alawes
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
This movie did nothing good for us back in the 80s, just a media stereotype from that time. (Haven't seen it since 82/83 or so, and I don't plan to see it again...)
Published 21 months ago by Earl
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