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February 1986 (USA) See more »
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bruce Balden ... Himself (as Bruce)
Jacqueline Bassett ... Herself (as Jackie)
Symon Basterfield ... Himself (as Simon)

Andrew Brackfield ... Himself (as Andrew)
John Brisby ... Himself (archive footage) (as John)

Peter Davies ... Himself (as Peter)
Suzanne Dewey ... Herself (as Suzi)
Charles Furneaux ... Himself (archive footage) (as Charles)

Nicholas Hitchon ... Himself (as Nick)
Neil Hughes ... Himself (as Neil)
Lynn Johnson ... Herself (as Lynn)
Paul Kligerman ... Himself (as Paul)
Susan Sullivan ... Herself (as Sue)

Tony Walker ... Himself (as Tony)

Michael Apted ... Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)
Michelle Murphy ... Herself (age 7, with Tony) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Apted 
Produced by
Michael Apted .... producer
Steve Morrison .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Kim Horton 
Oral Norrie Ottey 
Art Department
Keith Aldred .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Nick Steer .... sound
Philip Taylor .... sound (as Phil Taylor)
John Whitworth .... dubbing sound
Camera and Electrical Department
George Jesse Turner .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Eva Kolouchova .... second editing director
Other crew
Margaret Bottomley .... program consultant
Jacki Harding .... production assistant
Claire Lewis .... researcher
Bruce Balden .... thanks
Jacqueline Bassett .... thanks
Symon Basterfield .... thanks (as Simon Basterfield)
Andrew Brackfield .... thanks
Peter Davies .... thanks
Suzanne Dewey .... thanks
Nicholas Hitchon .... thanks
Neil Hughes .... thanks
Lynn Johnson .... thanks
Paul Kligerman .... thanks
Susan Sullivan .... thanks
Tony Walker .... thanks

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First of two theatrically released documentary feature films directed by Michael Apted. The first was 28 Up (1984) (TV) and the second Bring on the Night (1985). Apted is an interviewer in both of these feature docs.See more »
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2 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing, 25 June 2007
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

I got hooked on these. The first one was only mildly interesting, a sort of necessary toll. Everything of interest in it is repeated later, but it was a solid reference for the editions that followed. The next two editions were absolutely captivating.

There's something about that period before you become an adult, a time when switches could flip, butterflies can affect. The conceit of the series is that the British class system is deterministic. So the game in the first films is in engaging with these people in support. We send wishes into the ether, attempting to reach across space and time. The don't grow up until we see them and when they are restricted, it is because of constraints we allow.

Any failure at this stage, any flaw in character is in part our responsibility. So we experience a blizzard of minor successes and defeats. Each person is a collector of urges, each a measure of a successful or failed society. These two (14 up and 21 up) were engaging films.

But by now, these are genuine adults. What errors in formation that could be influenced by our surrogate parenting have already set. Now they are simply beings. The only mildly engaging of these souls is Neil, a bum on the dole. Everyone else is no more now than someone ordinary that you encounter in life, each on their own path, working on narrow futures beyond our control.

The major difference is that some have some things to claim over the others. Different things, but each presented in comparison.

I wonder if I can stand the investment of what comes next.

Following this, you are following Apted as he grows in skill, insight. What he looks for as signs of maturity. I hope he is up to the task. His other films seem to imply that he is one of the failures, that our urges, wishes, prayers didn't reach him.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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