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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 »
Genre:
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:
Brilliant mixture of social criticism and fantasy rebellion. One of the most powerful movies of the 1960s. See more (145 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:
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:
1.75 : 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:
The Packhorse café doesn't exist any more. It was on the A5, a few miles south of Dunstable near Kensworth. The white railings just before they pull into the café are still there. Where J&H Packhorse café was is now a filling station.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Travis steals a bike and drives to the Packhorse Cafe. As he rides in, there are no cars parked near the café. In the next shot, when he gets off his bike, there's a car in the background that wasn't there before.See more »
Quotes:
The Girl:Go on. Look at me. Look at my eyes. I'll kill you. Sometimes I stand in front of the mirror and my eyes get bigger and bigger. And I'm like a tiger. I like tigers. Rrrrah!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in O Lucky Malcolm! (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Toccata, 5th Organ Symphony Opus 42 No 1See more »

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80 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant mixture of social criticism and fantasy rebellion. One of the most powerful movies of the 1960s., 29 January 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'If...' is a fascinating and powerful film set in an oppressive and archaic public (that's private to us non-Brits) school. It is one of the most original and innovative of all British movies of the 60s, a decade which began in some ways with 'Peeping Tom' and ended with 'Performance', two much maligned movies which in hindsight are astonishing achievements. 'If..' is equally as striking (and disturbing) as those two criminally underrated movies, but in contrast actually achieved quite a level of popularity on its original release. Even so I don't believe the movie gets the attention it deserves. Hopefully it will be rediscovered by a new generation of movie lovers as it is still very relevant and powerful even now, thirty five years later. Malcolm McDowell (his film debut) stars as the ring-leader of a small group of dissatisfied students who don't fit in with their ultra-conformist contemporaries. His performance is first rate, and in several scenes you can almost see Alex, his droog to be ('A Clockwork Orange'). The movie mixes documentary like realism with fantasy sequences involving "The Girl" (Christine Noonan), and eventually violent rebellion. A movie very much of its time it still is very watchable today and has lost little of its power and ability to surprise. Lindsay Anderson, arguably Britain's most underrated director, continued to expand upon McDowell's Mick Travis character in two subsequent movies, but 'If..' has a very different feel from those "sequels", if they can truly be termed that, and can be watched as a stand alone movie. I was impressed with this movie when I first saw it on black and white TV as a young lad, and I was still impressed when I watched it again the other week. And I will guarantee it will not be my last viewing of this brilliant film! A must see for anyone with any interest whatsoever in 1960s pop culture or film.

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