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If.... (1968)

 -  Drama  -  2 August 1969 (Japan)
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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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Storyline

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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Very early in the film the viewer is given a hint of the counter-cultural themes the film revolves around when in the young boys' dormitory there are posters of Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Geronimo a.k.a. Goyathlay, the former man being associated with revolution, and the latter associated with rebellion. See more »

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13-year-old new boy Jute arrives at school and looks at the notice board. In the next shot, when he's talking to Rowntree, the stripes on his tie are in a different position. i.e. the tie has been re-tied. See more »

Quotes

Mick Travis: What stands, if freedom falls? Who dies, if England lives?
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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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References Othello (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Sanctus
from the "Missa Luba" (Philips Recording)
Sung by Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin (uncredited)
Conducted by Fr. Guido Haazen O.F.M (uncredited)
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A stunning work from a consummate master
18 October 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when i was 15 and it shook up my world. I was aware of Malcolm McDowell having previously seen him as Alex delarge in Clockwork Orange. This film is a perfect surreal study of teenage rebellion and should be seen by everyone who is able. The direction is brilliant the supporting cast shine (Arthur Lowe etc)and the film as a whole is made up of memorable images that you'll take to the grave. Lindsay Anderson is one of the most important director geniuses of an era and i was very sad to hear of his demise. The memory of him lives on through this film and its two "Mick Travis" sequels!!


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