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A 1968 release by Paramount and possibly one of the best known films of the time. This particular disc marks the first time the film was released onto DVD.

Up the Junction was based on the novel of the same title by Nell Dunn, she also wrote Poor Cow, if you can grab a copy of either book then give them a go. Great read.

Suzy Kendal plays the part of Polly a girl from the 'right ' side of town bored by her Chelsea lifestyle. She decides to move to Battersea in the search for meaning and reality. She takes on a dreary flat, finds a job in a factory and meets up with the very rough and ready Peter, Dennis Waterman. The scene setting is great and the contrast between Polly and Peter couldn't be any better defined. He struggles to understand her real motivation. Why would a rich girl want to live his life?. That's the crux of the film. In her search for meaning and reality Polly is attempting to leave behind everything her new friends crave. Can they ever really trust her?. Will she prove herself or return to her previous privileged lifestyle?.

Watch out for a brilliantly cast Maureen Lipman and the gorgeous Adrienne Posta who I so wanted to be!.

There are sensitive themes, abortion, moderate violence (Maureen Lipman slogging it out in a street fight for instance - yes really!) and strong language which result in the film having a 12+ rating.

Running time is approx. 114 mins.

Picture and audio quality are about as good as it get for a film from 1968.

More than happy to recommend this classic of British cinema.
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on 9 June 2013
Very much a curiosity piece these days, what with nearly every sentence starting "'Ere!" and many a "bleedin'" this and "bleedin'" that, plus the working classes are seen through very romantic rose tinted glasses. But there is a certain period charm to proceedings. Adrienne Posta steals the film, so it's a shame that she, and many others seen here, had careers that lasted only a few years more. Suzy Kendall was perhaps slightly miscast, too, as a twenty-one year old as, good as she is, she does look much older. All in all, though, cringeworthy pub singing scene aside, a superb and relatively rare full colour British film of the "kitchen sink" oeuvre.

The description of the film needs changing, however. Blink and you will miss Susan George.
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on 24 April 2009
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 August 2014
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 characters comes across with wit and brutality. Not a masterpiece but a fascinating look at a now forgotten world.
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on 2 April 2017
Brilliant. Quick delivery and excellent condition. Love these 60s films. Stars an impossibly young Susan George at what I would imagine was her acting debut. Loved it!
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on 3 May 2016
Gritty 'fly on the wall' social film about rich girl rebelling against her class and background in London. Good film and quite watchable.
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on 21 June 2017
been looking everywhere for this thank you
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on 17 June 2017
Excellent dvd
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on 12 May 2017
great film from the era.....
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on 22 July 2017
A bit flat for my liking but great to have South London on screen
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