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If.... (1968)

 -  Drama  -  27 August 1969 (Denmark)
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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David Wood ...
Johnny: Crusaders
Richard Warwick ...
Wallace: Crusaders
Christine Noonan ...
The Girl: Crusaders
Rupert Webster ...
Bobby Philips: Crusaders
Robert Swann ...
Rowntree: Whips
Hugh Thomas ...
Denson: Whips
Michael Cadman ...
Fortinbras: Whips
Peter Sproule ...
Barnes: Whips
Peter Jeffrey ...
Headmaster: Staff
Anthony Nicholls ...
General Denson: Staff
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Mr. Kemp: Staff
Mona Washbourne ...
Matron: Staff
Mary MacLeod ...
Mrs. Kemp: Staff (as Mary Macleod)
Geoffrey Chater ...
Chaplain: Staff
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In an indictment of the British public school system, we follow Mick and his mostly younger friends through a series of indignities and occasionally abuse as any fond feelings toward these schools are destroyed. When Mick and his friends rebel, violently, the catch phrase, "which side would you be on" becomes quite stark. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Which side will you be on?

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Contrary to the story that says some scenes of the film are in black-and-white instead of color because the production company was running short of money and saved money by having some scenes processed in monochrome, according to interviews with Malcolm McDowell, Lindsay Anderson and the cameraman, they first shot the scenes in the school chapel in monochrome because they had to use natural light that came in through the big stained-glass window, requiring high-speed film. The high-speed color stock they tested was very grainy and the constantly-shifting color values due to the angle of the light through the stained glass made it impossible to color-correct, as well. So they decided to shoot those scenes in monochrome, and, when he saw the dailies, Anderson liked the way that it "broke up the surface of the film", and decided to insert other monochrome scenes more or less at random, to help disorient the viewer as the film slipped from realism to fantasy. See more »

Goofs

In the Packhorse café, Johnny covers Mick's coffee with the saucer to keep it warm but Mick had carried the cup to the table without a saucer. See more »

Quotes

Mick Travis: When do we live? That's what I want to know.
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The film's opening prologue states: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding PROVERBS IV:7 See more »

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Toccata, 5th Organ Symphony Opus 42 No 1
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One for your sons
19 April 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

To get the most out of this film you have to be English, male and a teenager; in 1979 when I first saw it I was all three. In the years that followed I would catch it wherever I could, be it on television, in the college bar or in some local, flea-ridden rep cinema. Now, of course, I own the video. Every few months I dig it out and watch it, and more than any other film or book it reminds me what it was like to be young and rebellious and have my whole life ahead of me.

This was to England what The Wild One or Rebel Without A Cause was to America. Show it to your teenage sons; they'll remember it for the rest of their lives, and one day they might even thank you for it.

To dispel an old myth, while I'm here. Some scenes in the film are in black and white while most of the film is in color. The reason for this has nothing to do with art; they were short of money, and black and white was cheaper in those days.

Enjoy.


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