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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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Charles Furneaux refused to appear in the documentary and, as of 2012, has not appeared in any more installments of the "Up" series. Ironically, Furneaux became a documentary filmmaker.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
At 28, each is hitting his or her stride in life., 17 February 2006
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

Michael Apted must be congratulated for having (or perhaps stumbling upon) the vision for this study. Begin with 14 seven year olds in England, film them in a few interesting situations, and follow those same kids as they grow up. Every seven years. Because all of our lives transpire at roughly the same rates, we cannot actually observe children growing up. But this filmed approach is the next best thing.

In this film we get to see (most of) the same children at 7, 14, 21 and 28. Just as we saw a great difference from 14 to 21, again we see a great difference from 21 to 28. Having been in the working world for 5 or 6 years, most married and raising families, they no longer look and act like the searchers we saw in earlier films. Except for Neil, who at 7 seemed to be the brightest and most expressive, to a 28-year-old that never knows if he will be homeless the next month. As dramatic, in the opposite direction, was Suzy who went from a disenchanted dropout to a happy wife and mother. Still, in each subject we can identify characteristics that have stayed with them as they grew up.

We still see how the "process" has influenced the "product." To a good degree, who they are at 28 is a product of having been in the "UP" series every 7 years, and the internal pressure to be worthy for the world to see them.

This and all the others through '42-UP' in 1998 are on the 5-disk DVD set just out. ("49 UP" has been made but is not yet available on DVD.) However, simply seeing the most recent film (42-UP or 49-UP) is pretty good, because each film contains snippets of each of the former ones, allowing us to see how each child developed in 7-year increments.

Just a marvelous study of growing up.

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