56 Up

Synopsis: Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
Genre: Documentary
Production: First Run Features
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
144 min

They are now 56.

Lynn, Sue and Jackie grew up

in London's East End

and were friends

at school.

In this school,

we do metalwork

and woodwork

and the boys

do cookery.

All you girls want to do

is walk out, get married,

have babies and push

a pram down the street

with a fag hanging out

the side of your mouth.

I think that we all

could have gone

any way that we wanted to

at the time

within our


But we only had

a limited choice anyway.

Truth be told...

we didn't have the choice

or private education

because they couldn't have

afforded it anyway.

Our lives are changing

far too much.

All of us.

To be honest, when you look

at the 7-year-old us,

it's difficult to believe

it is us.

I've got to say, girls,

I wanted to work

in Woolworth's.

I'm glad you said that, 'cause

everyone thinks it was me.

Sometimes we go out and play

nasty with the boys

and sometimes we go out

and argue with the boys.

I don't think I'll get married

too early.

I'd like to have

a full life first.

Marriage means a different thing

to me.

I've still got my ideals

about marriage.

I don't know

what it's all about.

Sue was 24

when she married Billy

and they had two children,

William and Katherine.

I think that

to get married young,

there must be things

that you miss.

You must miss that crucial stage

of being yourself,

because the minute you

get married,

you're no longer a single being,

you're a partnership,

and that should be

the idea behind it.

By the time Sue was 35,

she was divorced.

I've never sat down

and thought,

"What was it?

Was it this, was it that?"

I just knew

it wasn't working.

There have been relationships

when I could have settled,

but they didn't feel

quite right.

So I've always come away

and pulled away

and just waited until

the right one come along.

If they ever do.

Said you'd be comin' back...

At 42, when we filmed Sue

in the karaoke bar,

she brought Glen along

to watch her sing.

Oh, baby

We just met and things are going well,

but now, obviously,

things are going very well.

Well, we've been engaged now

for about...

14 years.

I'm not beating any records,

but it's quite a long time, isn't it, yeah.

Come on!

Jessie, come on!

We're completely different


He's very energetic

and tidy-minded,

and I'm lazy

and completely un...

You're lazy?

I am completely,

absolutely lazy.

Anything you want me

to do?

What about the romance

of getting married?

Yeah, I mean,

I do admit it would be a nice party

and I quite relish the idea

of having everyone round

and having a good old drink

and a celebration.

But I can have

a party anytime.

Who are you on the phone to?

Never you mind.

When I got married,

the primary reason was because

I wanted to have a child.

The two to me went together.

Have you and Glen thought

of having your own child?

Glen would have

made a great dad.

When we first got together,

he sort of asked me

if we could have a family

and all that,

but I felt that I was past it,

to be honest.

I mean, I had two teenagers and didn't want

to do that again.

But he's loved

bringing them up.

Last time we talked about

a bit of tension in that area.

No, I think that was

probably just the age they were

and every family goes

through that.

There was nothing in particular,

I don't think.

It's just the whole part

of growing up, really.

Wasn't easy being

a single mother, was it?

No, it wasn't.

I look back on it now

and I'm just amazed

at how I got through it,

you know.

What was

the toughest part of it?

Probably a combination of not having

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