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56 Up

Premiere Date: October 14, 2013

'56 Up' in Context


Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan led Great Britain and the United States, respectively, in 1985, while behind the Iron Curtain, Mikhail Gorbachev became the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In Britain, a bitter, protracted miner's strike ended with the Conservative government defeating the National Union of Mineworkers and going on to privatize major national industries. In America, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. topped the charts, The Cosby Show was the most popular series on television and Rambo: First Blood Part II nearly swept the Razzie Awards with Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Original Song and Worst Screenplay honors.

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