Up the Junction
|Format||Import, PAL, Widescreen|
|Contributor||George Marstein, Lola Glaudini, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanick|
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Eighteen year-old Polly decides to turn her back on her wealthy background in Chelsea and undertake a more `down to earth' lifestyle. She moves to Battersea and gets a job in a sweet factory where she is initiated into a way of life she had previously been sheltered from. She later meets Peter, a nineteen year old second-hand furniture assistant, who aspires to be part of the world she has just left. The film centres on the relationship between two young people with conflicting ambitions. Based on the novel of the same name by Nell Dunn. ...Up the Junction
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 19.2 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 140 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5014437957535
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 114 minutes
- Actors : Lola Glaudini, Peter Swanick, George Marstein, Angelo Muscat
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B001AHKGYM
- Number of discs : 1
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Dennis Waterman, Suzy Kendall and the wonderful Adrienne Posta (great in 'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush' as well), make this an unforgettable film.
Julie Christie lookalike Suzy Kendall plays the posh young idealist who follows her dream of leaving her stuffy and over privileged life in Chelsea to slum it among the 'more real', 'more alive' people of downmarket Battersea. Her resulting journey looks both nostalgic and other worldly to us now, and perhaps it was laid on a bit thick with the class divide thing and the experiencing real life stuff, but this WAS a different era to today. So it romanticises the lives of down at heel but good hearted Londoners somewhat, and maybe even overstates the effects of the class divide a little but it does make for a moving film experience. Has some fantastically arty scenes, such as the courting scene in the half demolished house where they look out through the rubble at London with an orange sunset. It is both very astute and faintly naive, and really bigs up the idealism of Suzy Kendall's character, who is overall a very believable 1960s character. The town of Chelsea is refered to as though it's almost a mythical Camelot that's hidden Kendall away from the real life she longs for, and it builds on this fairytale image by pointing the camera across the Thames towards Chelsea, but rightly doesn't go there.
With an evocative 60s score, career making performances from several now very familiar actors including a breathtakingly good Maureen Lipman, some great dialogue, some classic shots of London and some social issues given the social realism treatment-1960s style, Up the Junction is one of the most memorable and unique British films out there on DVD.