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Classic British movie from 1968 - superb drama.
on 14 June 2014
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.