Up the Junction (film)

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Up the Junction
Up the Junction UK quad.jpg
Original British 1968 quad film poster
Directed by Peter Collinson
Produced by John Brabourne
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Screenplay by Roger Smith
Based on Up the Junction 
by Nell Dunn
Starring Dennis Waterman
Suzy Kendall
Adrienne Posta
Maureen Lipman
Liz Fraser
Music by Mike Hugg
Manfred Mann
BHE Films
Distributed by Paramount Film Service (UK)
Release dates
  • 25 January 1968 (1968-01-25) (UK)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Up the Junction is a 1968 British film directed by Peter Collinson and starring Dennis Waterman, Suzy Kendall, Adrienne Posta, Maureen Lipman and Liz Fraser. It is based on the 1963 book of the same name by Nell Dunn and was adapted by Roger Smith. The film's soundtrack was made by Manfred Mann. The film followed Ken Loach's BBC TV adaptation of 1965, but returned to the original book. It did not cause a similar controversy or have as much impact.

Plot summary[edit]

Polly Dean (Suzy Kendall) gives up a privileged life in Chelsea and moves to a working-class community in Battersea where she takes a job in a confectionery factory in an attempt to distance herself from her moneyed upbringing and make her own living. She becomes friends with two working-class sisters Sylvie (Maureen Lipman) and Rube (Adrienne Posta), and forms a relationship with a working-class boy Pete (Dennis Waterman), who envies her access to an easy life and is frustrated by her denial of it. When Rube becomes pregnant she has a traumatic illegal abortion, and tragedy hits when a motorcycle accident kills Rube's boyfriend. Polly's relationship with Pete also ends in turmoil, when Pete's attempt to woo her results in his receiving a prison sentence after stealing a car.

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