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From the award-winning team behind the hit series; “The Office". 70’s England is in full swing as three outcast friends find themselves drinking, joking, fighting and chasing girls, while dreaming of escape from their blue-collar hometown of Cemetery Junction. Freddie (Christian Cooke) is a salesman suddenly thrown onto the fast track when he gains the attention of his boss, Mr. Kendrick (Ralph Fiennes). Torn between a prior life of partying with his friends (Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan) and the promise of a brighter future, life gets more complicated when the bosses daughter becomes the focus of Freddie’s affection. Also starring Ricky Gervais and Emily Watson.

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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the duo behind the BBC's Office, travel back to 1973 for this serio-comic coming-of-age story. Inspired by Gervais's Reading hometown, Cemetery Junction is the type of small-minded burg Freddie Taylor (Christian Cooke, likable and attractive) longs to escape. Fortunately, he receives a job offer from Mr. Kendrick (a smarmy Ralph Fiennes), leading to a gig selling life insurance. His best mates, the goofy Snork (Jack Doolan) and rebellious Bruce (Tom Hughes, the film's true star), can't imagine anything more dull, but Freddie, who wants to travel the world, sees it as his way out. Kendrick pairs Freddie with Mike (Matthew Goode, great value), who proves that the nice-guy approach loses sales (Emily Watson shines as Kendrick's browbeaten wife). While Freddie pines for the boss's daughter (and Mike's fiancée), Julie (Felicity Jones), Bruce works with Freddie's father, Len (Gervais), in a factory, and tangles with the law (refreshingly, the local sergeant has a sympathetic side). If things end as one might expect, that doesn't make Cemetery Junction any less enjoyable, but it does help to explain why it didn't receive a U.S. theatrical release. By focusing on a young Brit anxious to find his place in the world, the directors provide a companion piece to pictures like Starter for 10 and An Education. Familiar or not, it's still superior to most mainstream comedies… including a few with which Gervais has been involved. A soundtrack filled with energizing glam-rock classics further elevates their efforts. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

Commentary with Writers/Directors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Cast Commentary with Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, and Jack Doolan
Deleted Scenes
The Directors: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
The Lads Look Back: The Stars Discuss Cemetery Junction

Product Details

  • Actors: Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan, Ricky Gervais
  • Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Producers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Charlie Hanson, Sue Baden-Powell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PVC2ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,324 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cemetery Junction" on IMDb

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pastor of Disaster on August 16, 2010
Format: DVD
This is a rather charming coming of age movie charting the escapades of three loveable rogues, The Nerd, Bad-boy and the Buffoon. The 1970's are wonderfully recreated here, and reminds me somewhat of my youth, its well acted and keeps an slight emotional pull and a constant flow of smiles and chuckles rather than huge laughs. Its.. well, its just very well acted, made and written, without pulling up any trees, its just .. nice. I have no idea how this will translate to American audiences, but erm, did I mention its nice-ness
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail F. Hoskins on September 14, 2010
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I am not a huge Ricky Gervais fan but I do hail from the town this is theoretically set in and so decided to rent it. I have to say that I found it hugely enjoyable. The prevailing attitude that you worked at a factory or for town's the large insurance company was absolutely spot on even 10 years later when I was the age of these characters. I thought that the acting was fantastic and I loved the characters of Julie's mother (a frumped up Emily Watson) and especially Sgt Wyn Davies (Steve Speirs) who plays the sort of police officer who can really change lives. My only gripe was in the choice of locations. The real Cemetery Junction is way, way too busy to be a practical choice of film location, I can see that, but the choice of such a rural setting made it look far too "choclate boxy" to fit the story line of three boys desperate to escape. Even then, Reading was a large, busy town with little similarity to the town centre the boys are seen striding through and Cemetery Junction itself is and was a run down area of narrow streets and tiny brick terraces. Other than that, the period detail was fantastic - the inside of my house was scarily just like Freddie's. And why oh why don't we have "Crazy Horses" by the Osmonds on more sound tracks? The world could be a better place...
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Whitman on July 22, 2010
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I saw this movie in a theatre in London in April. By British standards, this is one of the greatest films to come out of that country. As for any America who is weary of British movie quality, like myself, this is honestly one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. If you are at all familiar with the works of Ricky Gervais, then you can only expect some of the best entertainment. This movie is deep, it's moving. Ricky Gervais tends to do comedies, but this movie really shows his talent as a director and actor. I don't want to sound like a cliche, but this movie really did make me laugh and cry. My friends and I talked about this movie for days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By susan katz on June 2, 2012
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I thought this was a really enjoyable movie. It was a really touching film about wanting to break out of where you are and I think most people can relate to that. I think Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant proved with this that they can give birth to more than just hilarious babies. Being a huge fan of them I didn't want to be disappointed and I wasn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H.P. Louris on September 30, 2010
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I watched this because of the names Gervais and Merchant and while it wasn't a bad movie, it's hard to recommend as there's not really anything in it that you haven't seen done before elsewhere and better. It feels like the co-writers/co-directors really wanted to show that they could break out from comedy and make a coming-of-age story with dramatic resonance, but what they came up with feels like a semi-serviceable imitation of other, better movies. It might have been heartfelt, but as what we're accustomed to seeing from them is exceptional, seeing something that is little more than "fine" compounds the letdown. Three stars because Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode are really great in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red R. on October 9, 2010
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This is a very good film. But if you're buying it because you are a Ricky Gervais fan be aware that his presence on screen is rather limited. Set in 1970's England, in a small working class town, the dialog is sometimes difficult to understand but not overly so. I found the acting to be agreeable and at times admirable, especially from the veteran actors Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes. The younger actors were very good as well. For me though, what made this movie stay with me was the soundtrack by Tim Atack. As the Dude would say, 'it really tied the room together.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Izzey VINE VOICE on May 20, 2011
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This was an engaging story on the class conflict, on self hatred, on hating one's parents, on being a teen ager, on blaming one's background versus doing something for oneself, on taking responsibility versus excusing onself...

All done with a light touch.

I only wish Gervais and Merchant had more than a small role as characters.

Gervais and Merchant are not at their acid, stinging best. Rather, their humor is muted.
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I have just finished watching it and I have to say that I really liked it. I would give it 9/10 but I think it would not be unfair to rate it 5/5 as well. This is a youth movie set in sub-urban England back in 1970s. The main character is among the three young adults that grew up in a rather unprivileged area called Cemetery Junction. Two of them are fine with what they have with neither a hope or an ambition to break the shell. They are candidates for getting old where they were born after going through a simple life like their fathers did. But the third one, who is the main character of the movie is, questioning and trying. One way leads to a low level job in a factory where he would be no different from the other two. The other way leads to an ambitious life insurance salesperson in a capitalist environment in which he would need to be telling lies all day to persuade people for buying policies. Good money perhaps but less and less humanity and more and more inner conflicts. The third road leads to the unknowns where he, for sure needs to leave the neighborhood and try his chance in an unknown town and an unknown future... In the middle of these coming across with a girlfriend from the time of their early teenage years make things even more complicated...

Such a well constructed story with a transforming England in the background where old generation of war heroes are mixed with the new generation of free-stylers. Clashing ideas on conservatism, liberalism, capitalism, feminism, racism are all mentioned with a nice touch of a great screen writer. The musics and the decor put you to the atmosphere of those years and the acting is top tier as well.

I really enjoyed the time I spent, despite the initial negativism I had due to that gloomy name 'cemetery junction'

So what I can say is : Don't let the name scare you off...
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