28 Up

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While working on the BBC television documentary series The World in Action in 1963, director Michael Apted, in collaboration with Paul Almond, produced a feature-length study of 14 seven-year-old Britons. Titled 7 Up, the film drew its on-camera personnel from every part of the social strata. Apted and Almond invited the kids to expound extemporaneously upon their feelings, desires, and aspirations. Seven years later, the same 14 people were rounded up for Seven Times Seven, which brought their individual histories up to date. And so it went until 1991, with Apted, now working solo, updating his original 1963 documentary every seven years. In 1984, all existing chapters were bundled together into the British miniseries 28 Up. By far, the best of the updates, as well as the most optimistic, 28 Up was later boiled down to a 113-minute feature film. In both its series and featurized form, 28 Up is a fascinating social document; those who like cushioning themselves against disillusionment, however, are advised to bypass 35 Up (1991), wherein the 14 middle-aged subjects are a lot more fearful about their future than they'd even been before. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for 28 Up

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Audience Reviews for 28 Up

  • Nov 05, 2018
    Apted's questions are much more intelligent and less judgmental now than in the previous films, making this the best installment so far as it shows us how fascinating those people and their lives have become with time, even if he leaves the most interesting stories for the beginning.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2012
    28 up is the year most of the subjects suddenly have kids.
    Angela A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2010
    SEVEN UP Series (1964-->onwards) Directed by Michael Apted. This realism-style of documentary film-making was truly innovative in its time, a fact that in these days of 24hr-a-day Reality TV one can easily overlook. Director, Apted, did not select particularly special children & yet, each in their own way, IS special. One feels privileged to be permitted to share a little of their lives & the journeys that those lives take them on. It is also interesting (& sometimes confronting) to recognise parallels in one's own life to those seen on screen & has certainly given me pause to think at times. I don't believe a film-maker could hope to achieve more than that. ****4 & a half out of 5 stars**** (This R/V applies equally to all films in the series.)
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    With this installment in the series we lose two of the "kids". They decide not to participate anymore. It's unfortunate but ultimately their choice,<br/>Huge changes come this time around as we see our folks with families and adult lives and thoughts. Gone are a lot of the cockiness of youth. A lot... not all. Some folks seem to know who they are and what they want while others seem lost in life still.<br/>It was nice to see a couple of the "kids" grow up and stop being the brats they were in the last couple installments.
    Jason S Super Reviewer

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