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If.... (1968)

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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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One of the provisions that Paramount made about the film was that it should be shot in a UK studio with a wholly British cast and crew. To keep costs down, Lindsay Anderson largely recruited from the theatrical world. See more »

Goofs

The Chaplain attributes the Voluntary being played on the Chapel organ to 'Dieterich Buxtehude' when in fact it is the Toccata from Charles Marie Widor's Organ Symphony. 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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Toccata, 5th Organ Symphony Opus 42 No 1
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Composed by Charles Marie Widor
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Anti-establishment masterpiece
28 September 1999 | by (Rock Forest, Quebec) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest films ever made, period! I've seen it at least 10 times, and it still manages to captivate me. The theme of trying to break away from the establishment is universal. This is also the pinnacle of the British "angry young man" films. This surrealist wake up call is not to be missed.


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