49 Up

Synopsis: In 1964, to explore the adage "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," World in Action filmed seven-year-olds. Every seven years, Michael Apted visits them. At 49, 12 agree to talk about family, work, their hopes, and the series. We also see footage from previous interviews. Some marriages seem stronger; some have ended. Being a parent or a grandparent dominates life's pleasures. Simon has found responsibility; John's charity work flourishes. Neil remains in politics, against all odds. Jackie leads the critique of a more deliberately-present Apted and the series' intrusiveness. None enjoy participating; all are reflective; several surpass expectations.
Production: First Run Features
  6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.2
Metacritic:
84
Rotten Tomatoes:
95%
NOT RATED
Year:
2005
180 min
35 Views

I'm going to work

in Woolworth's.

When I grow up, I want

to be an astronaut.

When I get married, I would

like to have two children.

My heart's desire is

to see my daddy.

I don't want to answer that.

(narrator) This is no ordinary

outing to the zoo.

It's a very special occasion.

We've brought these children

together for the very first time.

(screaming)

They're like any other children,

except that they come

from startlingly different

backgrounds.

Stop it at once.

We've brought these children together

because we wanted a glimpse of England

in the year 2000.

The shop steward and the

executive of the year 2000

are now seven years old.

(Michael Apted) In 1964,

World In Action made "Seven up!"

and we've been back to film

these children every seven years.

They are now 49.

Is it important to fight? Yes.

Tony was brought up

in the East End of London.

Want to be a jockey

when I grow up.

Yeah, I want to be a jockey

when I grow up.

At 14, he was already

an apprentice

at Tommy Gosling's

racing stable at Epsom.

At 15, he'd left school.

This is a photo finish,

when I rode at Newbury.

I'm the one with the white cap.

I was beaten a length

and a half off third,

and I had a photo finish.

(Michael) Do you

regret not making it?

I would have given my right arm

at the time to become a jockey,

but now...

Well, I wasn't good enough.

(Michael) What will you do if

you don't make it as a jockey?

I don't know.

If I knew I couldn't be one,

I'd get out of the game.

Wouldn't bother.

What do you think

you would do then?

Learn on taxis.

At 21, he was

on the knowledge,

and by 28, he owned his own cab.

It's surprising who

you pick up, you see.

I once met Kojak.

I picked him up.

And Warren Mitchell,

Alf Garnett, you know.

Have you got a girlfriend?

No.

Would you like to have

a girlfriend?

No.

You understand four F's?

Find 'em, feed 'em

and forget 'em.

The other "F" - I'll let you

use your own discriminish.

I mean, this one

I tried to do the 3 F's,

but I couldn't forget her.

I went to a discothque.

He was in the pub earlier on,

and afterwards we

went to a discothque.

And Tony was standing there,

and I just -

From there, I just - that was it.

(laughs)

Couldn't get rid of him.

(laughs)

We have our ups and downs.

No more than anyone else.

I think you gotta work

at a marriage.

I think all marriages

go through stages.

You can't stand each other.

You go through, you know -

I think, "Oh, god, I hate him.

I wish he'd get out." I do.

We've been to the

edge of the cliff

and looked over

a couple of times,

and we've always seemed

to sort of go back,

and we've sort of

stayed the course.

But I must say - I mean,

it's not easy being married.

By 42, Tony and Debbie

had left the East End

and moved to Woodford in Essex.

We were going to put a conservatory

here, but if you look along here,

we put a patio in and

the pond for the fish,

but the only thing I ever done

was I planted them three trees.

Well, since you was

last here, Michael...

We had small trees,

if you remember.

Now they've sort of grown a bit.

(Michael) So why

are the trees singed?

We was burning some

Rubbish at the back

and set light to the tree,

and there we all were,

sort of like throwing

all buckets of water over it,

and sadly enough,

it singed the tree.

At 49, they've taken out a second

mortgage on the London house

and sunk the money in

a holiday home in Spain.

I'm very pleased with the house.

I said the progress we made in the

little space of time that we've had

to work here and get it

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