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Cemetery Junction (2010)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 2010 (UK)
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A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hughes ... Bruce Pearson
Ricky Gervais ... Mr. Taylor
Christian Cooke ... Freddie Taylor
Ralph Fiennes ... Mr Kendrick
Matthew Goode ... Mike Ramsay
Jack Doolan ... Snork
Steve Speirs ... Sgt. Wyn Davies
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones ... Girl in Street
Madeleine Dunbar ... Wife in Bar
Andrew Brooke ... Husband in Bar
Burn Gorman ... PC Renwick
Anne Reid ... Freddie's Gran
Julia Davis ... Mrs Taylor
Albert Welling ... Mr. Waring
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ... Mrs Waring
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Storyline

It's 1973 in Cemetery Junction, a Reading suburb. Three working class lads, best friends, are coming of age. Freddie wants to rise above his station, taking a job selling life insurance, wearing a suit and tie. Snork works at the railway station and wants a girlfriend some day. Bruce talks of leaving but seems on track to work at a factory, drink and fight, and become like his dad, in front of the telly with beer on hand; and he's trying the patience of the police officer who gets him out of jams. Freddie's job leads the lads toward a few small changes. He runs across a childhood friend, Julie, his boss's daughter who's engaged to the firm's top seller. Can the lads break out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Be Young. Be Free. Be Somebody. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Men at the Pru See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ricky Gervais's first feature film made on his home soil. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1973, yet all of the trains seem are in liveries from the 1960's. (While it is true that the last of the crimson coaches weren't repainted until 1974, by 1973 almost all locomotives were blue and coaches blue or blue and grey.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr Kendrick: Frederick Taylor. Freddie Taylor. Welcome to Vigilant Life Assurance. I see you grew up in Cemetery Junction. Went to Stone Meade, the worst school in the south of England.
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Referenced in The Seventies: Production and Costume Design (2010) See more »

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I Believe In Miracles
Written by Mark Capanni & Bobby Taylor
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What are these two up to?
12 October 2010 | by HiPalmettoSee all my reviews

Loved this film. It really took me back. They don't quite nail the period, but you can tell when Fiennes is talking about his schooldays at the start, about leaving at 14, that they're blurring things a bit, or at least his character doesn't realize how things have changed... The preoccupation with obscenity, for example, is more 60s than 70s. (They work the idea so much of the Swinging 60s passing Cemetery Junction by that it's almost homage to Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham and that crowd!) It's England before punk, before the computer revolution, when the establishment thought they had won the argument that there was no cause left worth rebelling for/against, when there was still a workshop rather than silicon chip flavor to working life.

You can criticize the Hollywood stuff if you like, but Gervais and Merchant like to work where they can at different levels, as long as they get to take the mick out of all of them. I didn't hear the old radio shows much, but enough to know that. This is no exception. Not a strong plot. You have seen it lots of times before. Billy Liar is a better variation. But great dialog, great comic acting , beautifully observed, very funny, fantastic soundtrack. The only time I have ever liked the Osmonds' Crazy Horses. Great entertainment. You'd need to be really hard to please to be disappointed on that score. Personally I'd have liked a bit more sync with the Reading Festival, maybe some Rory Gallagher on the soundtrack, but bluesy Zeppelin will do, I'm not complaining. I'll take 2 stars off, though.

You still have to read between the lines to see the influence Ireland is starting to have. Made me wonder if they were starting to chicken out a bit from the path they've established, but we'll see, and I think there is something there. In the meantime, if you fancy a really funny film set in Belfast (different decade, 73 in Belfast was hell) there's always "An Everlasting Piece". But Cemetery Junction is not as petty and insignificant as some of the reviewers suggest. What exactly were they expecting? "Jane Eyre"? "War and Peace"?


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