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13 March 1968: Up the Junction

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Jan. 1st, 1970 | 05:00 pm

This seminal film of the 1960s must have been an important break for Michael, working with many others who were rising stars, such as Dennis Waterman, Maureen Lipman, Liz Fraser and Susan George.

Michael plays Terry, a friend of the hero, Pete (Dennis Waterman).

In this gritty drama, Terry gets his girlfriend Rube (Adrienne Posta) pregnant, and she has an abortion without telling him. He has a fabulous scene confronting Rube’s friend Sylvie (Maureen Lipman) and mother Mrs McCarthy (Liz Fraser), and later dies in a motorbike accident just after getting engaged to Rube.

Release date: 13 March 1968

Review

New York Times, 31 July 2012

“The supporting roles in this movie are as strong as they were in "To Sir With Love," and several members of the cast—including Adrienne Posta were in the earlier film. It seems that in British movies of this genre one always has either a birth or an abortion, and Miss Posta—in a part that consists mainly of being a rather leaden ball of fluff, has the abortion scene. Maureen Lipman, plays Miss Posta's sister—a wise, mischievous young woman, who, but for her lack of education, would probably have become a considerably less charming intellectual. Michael Gothard plays a boy next door, who dies, twitching, in a motorcycle wreck. Other minor characters, including some real Battersea residents in a pub, are convincing, too.”

Full review

Michael was to work with Dennis Waterman again, in 1985, on an episode of “Minder” – “From Fulham with Love.”

Alfie Bass also featured in “Up the Junction”; he and Michael appeared together again on “Arthur of the Britons” in 1973.

Michael’s former girlfriend N.B., who first met him in 1984, says:

'He didn’t like watching himself. I never got him to show me any movie he had worked in. From what he told me, I think he liked the film “Up the Junction” and “Arthur of the Britons.” And the French one, “La vallée.”'

Watch Michael Gothard’s scenes as Terry on Youtube:
Pub scene 1
Pub scene 2 and after
Argument, party and Terry’s last ride
Warning: The third clip includes Terry's death.

IMDB entry

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