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42 Up (2000)

Bruce Balden , Jacqueline Bassett  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2001
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LDCB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "42 Up" on IMDb

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  • Commentary track by director Michael Apted
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In 1964, director Michael Apted interviewed a group of seven year old children for the documentary "7 Up." He's been back to film them every seven years. Now they are 42. From cab driver Tony to East End schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan, and the heart


One of the towering achievements in the history of documentary film. Endlessly rewarding. --Philadelphia Inquirer

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120 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A subjective point of view. December 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I am one of the people in this video - so I have strong feelings of various kinds about it. There's no denying it is powerful stuff - Roger Ebert lists this series among `The Great Movies' on his web site (right after `2001, a Space Odyssey' - which amazed me!)
What is good about it is that (first) the old film is like a time capsule - it's hard to believe we were ever like that; and (second) that it's like time lapse photography of a flower blooming (or something) - you see different things in people when you see their lives pass at high speed. If we saw enough people fast forwarded like this, we might really learn something. Finally, many people appreciate relating it to their own lives.
The bad part is that it is intensely humiliating to be shown answering the most personal questions I have ever seen anybody have to answer on TV. I find it really hard to watch the tapes at all. (So don't get the tape - let me sell you a book on engineering!)
(By the way - Apted did not direct the early stuff; he was involved, but it was his first job out of college.)
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars apted just keeps getting better September 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
42 up is the next installment in apted's series. he took 14 seven year old british children and interviewed them. he has returned to film and interview them every seven years and they are now 42 years old (or they were when he filmed it in 1998). the most fascinating thing about this and his other films, is to see the development of a real person's dreams, goals, and reality over a lifetime.
people who have seen the others (7up, 14up...35up) will be fascinated to see the changes in the lives of these intriguing people. neil, the man who went from a cute, confident boy to a homeless, mentally ill adult, has a pretty drastic change happen in his life (i won't break the suspense) that past viewers will be anxious to see. this film comes highly recommended by all the film critics i have read, receiving at least 3 1/2 stars or more.
get this film before they turn 49.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best October 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Last week I purchased a video Roger Ebert identifies as one of the best films of all time, Michael Apted's "42 Up". And I wholeheartedly agree. This documentary, released in 2000, is one in a series of films that chronicles the lives of the same 14 people over the course of 35 years. The series' first installment was filmed in 1964. Fourteen, seven year old British children from various socioeconomic backgrounds, were interviewed about their lives, likes and dislikes, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. Apted has tracked down each of these people every seven years, asking them the same, as well as other questions, to obtain their current status, their here-to-date accomplishments, as well as their disappointments. From each of these episodes of interviews, he has created another film, released shortly after filming, every seven years. The titles of the films denote the participant's ages; hence "7 Up", "14 Up", and so on.
The original premise of the series was to test a hypothesis based on an old Hebrew quotation, "Give me the child until the age of seven, and I will show you the man"; the point being that our ultimate status in life reflected by socioeconomic level, our values and culture, are largely determined by the family into which we are born. This question is particularly significant in class conscious Great Britain where class distinctions are particularly apparent, if not a mainstay of their culture. And, the series tends to affirm the hypothesis, as most of the film's protagonists remain in the same socioeconomic group throughout their lives.
The beauty of the film, however, is not in scientific investigation. And, one need not see the earlier films to appreciate the ones that follow.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The whole series up to this film is finally available on DVD and is an awesome experience, much richer than this single film, as amazing as this single film is. I have discussed the reasons why one might prefer to get the entire series on DVD over on The Up Series (Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven / 21 Up / 28 Up / 35 Up / 42 Up).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars documentary filmmaking at its best October 27, 2001
By Haseeb
Format:VHS Tape
In 1964 filmmaker Micheal Apted interviewed a number of seven year olds in England from different economic backgrounds. He has been back to interview them every seven years. The subjects are 42 years old in this film.
This is perhaps the most fascinating and poignant documentary series I have ever seen and am likely to see. As you watch this film and see the drama of lives unfold well into middle age, you can't help but to be in awe. This film forces you to ponder on your own life and ask yourself questions. What have we been put on this earth for and what is the true meaning of life?
Without giving away the whole film, I will say that a few changes have taken place in peoples lives and most of them have progressed rather nicely since 35 Up. One of the subjects got divorced but is happily remarried at 42. Another subject was actually caught being unfaithful but was forgiven and is still married to the same person. One of the subjects finally gets married at the age of 42, but has concerns about trying to start a family so late. Some of the subjects who've been married for a long time talk about how hard marriage is. Other subjects who have teenagers talk about how difficult they can be. None of the subjects was incarcerated and none of them died yet. I hate to break it to the Neil fans, but he is not doing anything all that big dispite the rumors. Although he is still on welfare, he has managed to find some stability in his life and is keeping himself busy. He still more or less has the same demeanor he had at the age of 35.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Revealing Enough
I'm 42 and could think of dozens of questions these people should have been asked. They are allowed to ramble when most seemed quite willing to get into more specifics. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mr. contrarian
5.0 out of 5 stars great service
got this cd quickly. loved the series and the quality was very good. would buy again from here again. nice
Published 19 months ago by ANN HENRIGILLIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I watched 7up through 35 up on line at you tube for free and then bought 42 and 49 up from amazon. I find this documentary very interesting and I am in awe of the fact that this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sharon Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Into their 40s
Michael Apted continues the superb "7 Up" series with this 1998 entry, featuring the "kids" now aged 42 years. Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by Westley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series no matter what age you start at!
Highly Recommended! Fun to see where life will take you or at least these 7 people every 7 years!
Published on May 28, 2008 by David Colvin
4.0 out of 5 stars A series that improves with time
The up series has followed the lives of 14 British individuals in seven year intervals beginning at age 7 (in 1963 or 64). Read more
Published on January 29, 2007 by Michael Del Tredici
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
This is an excellent movie. How I wish I knew all the people interviwed in it. They are all such intriguing people--so human, flawed and yet wonderful. Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by Nanabird
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Study of Development and How People Change Over Time
I love the Up Series. I think everyone should watch it as it is a fascinating study of human development. Read more
Published on March 27, 2005 by Chicago Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
This series is an incredible project.
Does anyone out there know how I can get 7, 14 & 21?
Published on February 18, 2004 by Wayne A. Hazle
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
To Bruce, Jackie, Symon, Andrew, John, Charles, Peter, Suzie, Nick, Neil, Lynn, Paul, Sue, and Tony for your generous contribution. Read more
Published on January 7, 2004
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