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Director:
Writers:
David Sherwin (screenplay)
David Sherwin (original script: "Crusaders") ...
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Release Date:
2 August 1969 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
Which side will you be on?
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Don't forget boy Look over your shoulder 'Cause there's always someone coming after you" See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (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..." - Belgium (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Argentina:X (Original 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)

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Trivia:
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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As the Headmaster leaves Chapel, he asks the Chaplain the name of the Voluntary being played on the Chapel organ. The Chaplain replies "Buxtehude" when, in fact, it is the Toccata from Widor's Organ Symphony.See more »
Quotes:
Headmaster:Those who are given most also have most to give.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Toccata, 5th Organ Symphony Opus 42 No 1See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"Don't forget boy Look over your shoulder 'Cause there's always someone coming after you", 9 October 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

The first entry to the Mick Travis trilogy ("If...", 1968, O Lucky Man, 1973, and "Britannia Hospital", 1982), "If.." is a surreal black comedy about an English private boys' school and a student rebellion. In his three films, Anderson had covered all aspects, politics, and institutions of British Society from 1968 to 1982 with its complex system of class differences and privileges. "If..." which was released in 1968 at the peak of youthful rebellion in Europe and USA, received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations and won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival where it competed with 27 films from all over the world.

Anderson was in part inspired by Jean Vigo's 41 minutes long "Zero for conduct" (1933) about the similar to "If..." subject. Like in Vigo's film, Anderson inserts some surrealistic episodes shot in black-and-white and according to him, it was driven by budget rather than style. Malcolm McDowell in his first big screen role and the first of three Mick Travis' movies is a charismatic leader of the rebel students who call themselves the Crusaders and like to break the rules. The cruel corporal punishments from the faculty and the older students provoked a bloody uprising against the school system.

Made almost 40 years ago, "If.." still has a power to shock as well as to entertain and it remains an outstanding and controversial depiction of the problems that have not disappear from the English public school system or from any school system as well as from society in general.

I am sure that Stanley Kubrick saw "If..." and was impressed by McDowell's debut performance, by his charisma that shines through his close-ups and especially in the final shot of "If...", and by his face that strangely combines innocence and youthful openness with cynical scornful almost reptilian contempt for humanity. I believe that "If..." was the reason Kubrick offered the part of charming psychopath Alex to the young actor.

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