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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.


Michael Apted
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Credited cast:
Bruce Balden ... Self (as Bruce)
Jacqueline Bassett Jacqueline Bassett ... Self (as Jackie)
Symon Basterfield Symon Basterfield ... Self (as Symon)
Andrew Brackfield ... Self (as Andrew)
John Brisby John Brisby ... Self (archive footage) (as John)
Suzanne Dewey Suzanne Dewey ... Self (as Suzy)
Charles Furneaux Charles Furneaux ... Self (archive footage) (as Charles)
Nicholas Hitchon ... Self (as Nick)
Neil Hughes Neil Hughes ... Self (as Neil)
Lynn Johnson Lynn Johnson ... Self (as Lynn)
Paul Kligerman Paul Kligerman ... Self (as Paul)
Susan Sullivan Susan Sullivan ... Self (as Sue)
Tony Walker ... Self (as Tony)


In 1964, a film crew interviewed seven-year-old English kids: five or six from privilege, a Yorkshire farm lad, East-End girls, and boys from a children's home. Every seven years, Michael Apted re-interviews those willing (two declined this time). At 42, careers are stuck or flourishing; marriages are strong, shaky, or over (and Bruce recently married for the first time). They're dealing with parents' dying, and children coming-of-age. One is a single mom with young sons. One is remarried, but how are the five children from his first marriage? Lyn and Jackie face health problems with down-to-earth lucidity. Neil, on the margin at 28 and 35, has a glorious story of friendship at 42. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the finest documentary series ever made!
21 March 2002 | by mooseburtonSee all my reviews

I cannot say enough good things about this series. Each one seems to interest me more as I follow the lives of the kids I first saw in '7UP'. '42UP' continues to show us how they have evolved as people and how the British class system still has control over their lives. As an American I find it somewhat hard to understand that the class you are born into largely determines your educational choices and therefore part of the outcome of your life. I strongly suggest seeing as many of the series as you can, (7UP, 14UP, 21UP, 28UP, 35UP) before your see 42UP. But as a stand alone documentary it is still excellent.

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21 July 1998 (UK) See more »

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42: Forty Two Up See more »


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$11,599, 21 November 1999

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