28 Up
28 Up (1985)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Cole Smithey

A real mind-bender. Apted invented a new documentary form with this series.

Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Brilliant. One of the landmark documentaries.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

This is, after all, an ongoing project, and one which is certain to grow more mesmerizing with each new installment.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

No matter how it's interpreted, the film remains a deft and compelling piece.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

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Jason Spencer
With this installment in the series we lose two of the "kids". They decide not to participate anymore. It's unfortunate but ultimately their… More
Jennifer Xu
didn't see 21 up regrettably because my hold didn't come in yet, but these heartbreakingly beautiful stories hit a chord with me. a tad too long and… More
Angela Alcorn
28 up is the year most of the subjects suddenly have kids.