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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… More

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"The effect of 28 Up is to bring a dimension of wisdom and insight to the earlier footage, and in doing this Mr. Apted has been subtle and selective."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A real mind-bender. Apted invented a new documentary form with this series."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Brilliant. One of the landmark documentaries."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"It is almost scary to realize that this film has given me a fair chance of predicting what lies ahead for these strangers. I almost understand the motives of those who chose to drop out of the experiment."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is, after all, an ongoing project, and one which is certain to grow more mesmerizing with each new installment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"No matter how it's interpreted, the film remains a deft and compelling piece."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The 14 subjects of the "Up" series came together as a group only twice, and by the end of 28 Up, three have dropped out of the project."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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