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David Sherwin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 August 1969 (Japan) See more »
Which side will you be on?
In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Just utterly,utterly marvellous See more (150 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Malcolm McDowell ... Mick: Crusaders
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

Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Kemp: Staff
Mona Washbourne ... Matron: Staff
Mary MacLeod ... Mrs. Kemp: Staff (as Mary Macleod)
Geoffrey Chater ... Chaplain: Staff
Ben Aris ... John Thomas: Staff

Graham Crowden ... History Master: Staff
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Classics Master: Staff
Guy Ross ... Stephans: Seniors

Robin Askwith ... Keating: Seniors
Richard Everett ... Pussy Graves: Seniors
Philip Bagenal ... Peanuts: Seniors
Nicholas Page ... Cox: Seniors
Robert Yetzes ... Fisher: Seniors
David Griffin ... Willens: Seniors
Graham Sharman ... Van Eyssen: Seniors
Richard Ryan ... Baird: Seniors (as Richard Tombleson)
Robin Davies ... Machin: Juniors (as Richard Davis)
Brian Pettifer ... Biles: Juniors
Michael Newport ... Brunning: Juniors

Charles Sturridge ... Markland: Juniors
Sean Bury ... Jute: Juniors
Martin Beaumont ... Hunter: Juniors
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Alexander ... Woman in church (uncredited)
Ellis Dale ... Motorcycle Salesman (uncredited)
John Garrie ... Music Master (uncredited)
Tommy Godfrey ... School Porter (uncredited)
Peter Jaques ... Schoolmaster (uncredited)

Simon Ward ... Schoolboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Lindsay Anderson 
Writing credits
David Sherwin (screenplay)

David Sherwin (original script: "Crusaders") and
John Howlett (original script: "Crusaders")

Produced by
Lindsay Anderson .... producer
Michael Medwin .... producer
Roy Baird .... executive producer (uncredited)
Albert Finney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Marc Wilkinson 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Gladwell 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Production Design by
Jocelyn Herbert 
Art Direction by
Brian Eatwell (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Betty Blattner .... makeup artist
Allan McKeown .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gavrik Losey .... production manager
Zelda Barron .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Stoneman .... assistant director
Tim Van Rellim .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... dubbing editor
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist
Tony Jackson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Alan Jones .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Harris .... camera operator
Roy Larner .... electrical supervisor
Chris Menges .... cameraman
Michael Seresin .... camera assistant
Roy Larner .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shura Cohen .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Michael Ellis .... assistant editor
Ian Rakoff .... assistant editor
Music Department
Marc Wilkinson .... conductor
Transportation Department
Jim Hughes .... transport
Other crew
Stuart Baird .... assistant to director
Valerie Booth .... continuity
Brian Brockwell .... production accountant
Stephen Frears .... assistant to director
Neville Thompson .... assistant to producers
Peter Jaques .... director of publicity (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"If" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"If..." - Belgium (English title) (imdb display title)
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111 min
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Chile:18 (Original rating) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:14 | Ireland:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2001) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (2007) | UK:AA (re-rating) (passed with cuts) (1971) | USA:R (cut version) (1969) | USA:X (1968) | West Germany:16 (bw)

Did You Know?

The first film of Simon Ward.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Mick Travis:War is the last possible creative act.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Room 101: Episode #6.10" (2001)See more »
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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Just utterly,utterly marvellous, 15 May 2004
Author: ng271 from Cambridge (not by choice)

My word!

"If.." has always been a firm favourite of mine, particularly as I have been in much the same situation (minus B+W/Colour changes, and gun battles, naturally), and indeed still consider myself a hair rebel. It captures perfectly the horrors of public shool-The fawning, smarmy head-master, the rigors of cadet training and founder's day, it's all drawn from horrible reality.

Saw a late night showing yesterday, and on the cinema screen the fabulous direction and power of the photography- so still and unobtrusive, yet so iconic-becomes apparent. That final looped shot of Mick firing the brenn Gun is just stunning! I left the cinema feeling so goddamn moved!

At times the sheer 60s-ness, and random dialogue ("I like Johnny") can seem to undermine the viewing experience, but the spirit of bold rebellion which saturates this marvelous film wins you over. A favourite joke which I had never spotted before, is near the start, where the whips tick off a list that goes something like "Measles, tape worm, conformation class"..marvellous..


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