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Up The Junction [DVD]

Suzy Kendall , Dennis Waterman , Peter Collinson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Suzy Kendall, Dennis Waterman, Adrienne Posta, Maureen Lipman, Michael Gothard
  • Directors: Peter Collinson
  • Producers: John Brabourne, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ned Sherrin
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A girl from the fashionable end of Chelsea goes down Market to Battersea to experience life. Based on a semi-documentary about Lond on's freewheeling lifestyles of the 1960s.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Eighteen year-old Polly decides to turn her back on her wealthy background in Chelsea and undertake a more `down to earth' lifestyle. She moves to Battersea and gets a job in a sweet factory where she is initiated into a way of life she had previously been sheltered from. She later meets Peter, a nineteen year old second-hand furniture assistant, who aspires to be part of the world she has just left. The film centres on the relationship between two young people with conflicting ambitions. Based on the novel of the same name by Nell Dunn. ...Up the Junction

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London in a time capsule 1 Dec 2008
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One of the most insightful, thought provoking, astute and artistic British movies ever made. And for lovers of London on film, this movie is a must to own, as it portrays Battersea with a real passion, and has some very artistic camera work. It is a very spirited piece of work and you sense that everyone in it believes in it, and isn't just in it for the fame or the money. It is very much a film of its era, and it may be hard for young 20somethings now to relate to, because who talks about the class system and how it affects people's lives now? This was a very 1960s subject, with a lot of radically minded young graduates having had their lives changed by discovering the works of Marx and Gramsci at Univerity and their idealism was one of the main catalysts for the whole swinging 60s scene.

Julie Christie lookalike Suzy Kendall plays the posh young idealist who follows her dream of leaving her stuffy and over privileged life in Chelsea to slum it among the 'more real', 'more alive' people of downmarket Battersea. Her resulting journey looks both nostalgic and other worldly to us now, and perhaps it was laid on a bit thick with the class divide thing and the experiencing real life stuff, but this WAS a different era to today. So it romanticises the lives of down at heel but good hearted Londoners somewhat, and maybe even overstates the effects of the class divide a little but it does make for a moving film experience. Has some fantastically arty scenes, such as the courting scene in the half demolished house where they look out through the rubble at London with an orange sunset. It is both very astute and faintly naive, and really bigs up the idealism of Suzy Kendall's character, who is overall a very believable 1960s character.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff 25 Sep 2009
As a young teenager in the late 60s, I worked in the factories along with my older sister. OMG, those scenes brought back so many fun and happy memories! What a wonderful nostalgic trip back in time. Although to myself, it doesn't seem that long ago, in terms of progress, we have come such a long way! For the most part I sat smiling as memories unfolded. It was a difficult time for many families, but people tended to get on with it, and make the most of what they had. This film is a classic, and for those with any interest in the 60s I would urge you to take a look, if only to check out the music, fashions, colours, and those wonderful 'hair do's'.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Classic 1960's Production 11 Sep 2008
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A priviledged Chelsea girl, Suzy Kendall, crosses the river to Wandsworth to mix in with the local working-class people in order that she can escape what she believes is her drab and stuffy life. She has the family chauffeur drop her off on the far side of Battersea Bridge and she sets off to land herself a job on the production line of a local sweet factory. Soon, she is accepted by her colleagues and finds herself a room to lodge in. Buying furniture for her place, she meets a local boy (Dennis Waterman). She has a rude awakening when she comes to experience the seemy side of British working class life from which her boyfriend is so desparate to escape and leave behind.

I think that this adaptation from the Nell Dunn story is a true classic of sixties British cinema. There are crisp, vibrant colours and a fantastic sound-track from Manfred Mann that is very reminiscent of the sound of Crosby, Stills & Nash that was still to come. There are also some fine character performances from the likes of Maureen Lipman and Adrienne Posta. The subject matter is very contemporary as abortion was only just being de-criminalised at the time

I've just bought this film on DVD, having previously being conned into buying a pirated copy on E-bay (out of desparation at its non-availability). The picture is a revalation (full wide-screen) and the sound is very good. Unfortunately, there are no extras. I would have thought Dennis Waterman, with all his exposure on tv in recent years, could have at least been given the opportunity of providing an audio commentary, but I'm not complaining.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing period piece 24 April 2009
By Griffo
Having heard about the film, I watched it for the first time on this DVD release, and was gobsmacked by the quality of the photography. Having become used to slightly drab, technicolor-style 60's films, this version looks great, and really brings the period alive.

The story is great too, and tackles the hopes and dreams of the different social classes, and their attitudes to life and money. In many ways it all looks a bit innocent now, even the hard-hitting stuff, and you'd imagine that rich Chelsea girl Suzy Kendall would actually have lasted about five minutes in the real world. However, the film is 40 years old, so that could just be the cynical 21st century viewer speaking.

Dennis Waterman looks about fifteen but his acting, along with all the others, is brilliant. I want his scooter too. Everyone looks stylish, except the rockers, and even Maureen Lipman looks hip when she's not in a pinafore. Up the Junction is a superb film, with an atmospheric and evocative soundtrack, and if you have any interest whatsoever in our cultural and social past, have a look at it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up the Junction.
A wonderful piece of period drama, with outstanding actors, and well choreographed. Strongly recommended.
Published 11 days ago by artdealer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad.
Published 11 days ago by alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great classic thank you
Published 20 days ago by oldhag
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots of historical relevance
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Carolyn Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars 1960s Battersea - and a pretty good film too!
Can't fault this - great price for a great film. Even though it's 95% nothing like the original book, nor as gritty as the B&W Ken Loach TV film, it still is based and filmed in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. A. Greenwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed seeing the young Dennis Waterman as a MOD
Really enjoyed seeing the young Dennis Waterman as a MOD.!! I liked Suzy Kendall and the other supporting actors, and it brought back how it used to be in the seedier side of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Carole Buttle
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty dvd
My DVD must be faulty it won't play how can I swap for a good one
Published 1 month ago by jackie hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at the past.
A solid DVD transfer of one of the defining films of the sixties with good video and audio. Excellent performances and a good script ensure that Nell Dunn's tale of Clapham... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adrian Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 2 months ago by Stevan
2.0 out of 5 stars To me, a bit of a let down.
In my youth, this film had plenty of publicity, the film then, was an eye-opener...........In my twilight years I succumbed to these memories and purchased the DVD............ Read more
Published 2 months ago by cristofori
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