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In 1964, to explore the adage "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," World in Action filmed seven-year-olds. Every seven years, Michael Apted visits them. At 49, ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Bruce Balden ... Himself (as Bruce)
Jacqueline Bassett Jacqueline Bassett ... Herself (as Jackie)
Symon Basterfield Symon Basterfield ... Himself (as Simon)
Andrew Brackfield ... Himself (as Andrew)
John Brisby John Brisby ... Himself (as John)
Suzanne Dewey Suzanne Dewey ... Herself (as Suzy)
Charles Furneaux Charles Furneaux ... Himself (archive footage) (as Charles)
Nicholas Hitchon ... Himself (as Nick)
Neil Hughes Neil Hughes ... Himself (as Neil)
Lynn Johnson Lynn Johnson ... Herself (as Lynn)
Paul Kligerman Paul Kligerman ... Himself (as Paul)
Susan Sullivan Susan Sullivan ... Herself (as Sue)
Tony Walker ... Himself (as Tony)
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In 1964, to explore the adage "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," World in Action filmed seven-year-olds. Every seven years, Michael Apted visits them. At 49, 12 agree to talk about family, work, their hopes, and the series. We also see footage from previous interviews. Some marriages seem stronger; some have ended. Being a parent or a grandparent dominates life's pleasures. Simon has found responsibility; John's charity work flourishes. Neil remains in politics, against all odds. Jackie leads the critique of a more deliberately-present Apted and the series' intrusiveness. None enjoy participating; all are reflective; several surpass expectations. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The latest installment in the groundbreaking 7 Up series


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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2005 (UK) See more »

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49 лет See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$53,277, 8 October 2006

Gross USA:

$241,772

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$696,975
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Granada Television See more »
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(2 parts) | (DVD)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Latest installment of a unique film series following 14 English kids from age 7 onward - they are now about 50
18 October 2006 | by roland-104See all my reviews

The seventh film in the unique "Up Series" - documentaries made for Granada, the privately held British television corporation - that has followed a group of 14 ostensibly normal English subjects, of differing backgrounds, from age 7 to 49, issuing a follow-up film every 7 years. This latest installment is the best to date. It is well organized, presenting one person's life at a time rather than skipping around among them. Nearing age 50, these people have become highly thoughtful and articulate; they're all more interesting now than ever before. And the director, Michael Apted, has also vastly improved his skills at interviewing his subjects, which makes a great difference for the better. What impresses is how well nearly everyone has done in life.

The original thesis of the series is that kids grow up without much change from the way they were early on, a view put forward in the 16th Century Jesuit aphorism: "Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man." But the life trajectories of a number of these individuals belie that view, suggesting instead that people often do change in response to life circumstances, a view supported in several 20th Century accounts of human development across the lifespan (e.g., the work of the Harvard psychologist Robert White and his contemporary, the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson).

The original thesis in the first film, "7 Up," also held that social class, or socioeconomic opportunity, had a controlling effect on development, a view that excludes the influence of both hereditary and learned aspects of individual psychological makeup and adaptation. Roger Ebert lists the "Up Series" among his top ten film productions of all time, and has said that the series represents "…an inspired, almost noble, use of the film medium." I heartily agree. My grades: 10/10 (A+) (Seen on 10/17/06)


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