Up the Junction (film)

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. Unlike the Loach version, it did not cause a similar controversy or have as much impact.

Up the Junction
Original British 1968 quad film poster
Directed byPeter Collinson
Produced byJohn Brabourne
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Screenplay byRoger Smith
Based onUp the Junction
by Nell Dunn
StarringDennis Waterman
Suzy Kendall
Adrienne Posta
Maureen Lipman
Liz Fraser
Music byMike Hugg
Manfred Mann
BHE Films
Distributed byParamount Film Service (UK)
Release date
  • 25 January 1968 (1968-01-25) (UK)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

Wealthy young heiress 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). Rube becomes pregnant and has a traumatic illegal abortion. Tragedy then strikes when Rube's boyfriend Terry (Michael Gothard) is killed in a motorcycle accident.

Meanwhile, Polly begins a relationship with a working-class young man Pete (Dennis Waterman). Pete envies Polly's access to an easy life, and is frustrated by her rejection of the upper-class lifestyle. Pete and Polly's relationship ends in turmoil when Pete, after stealing a car in an attempt to woo Polly, is caught and sentenced to a prison term.

Main cast

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