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If.... (1968)

R | | Crime, Drama | 21 May 1969 (France)
In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Director:

Lindsay Anderson

Writers:

David Sherwin (screenplay), David Sherwin (original script: "Crusaders") | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Mick: Crusaders
David Wood ... Johnny: Crusaders
Richard Warwick ... Wallace: Crusaders
Christine Noonan ... The Girl: Crusaders
Rupert Webster Rupert Webster ... Bobby Philips: Crusaders
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Rowntree: Whips
Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas ... Denson: Whips
Michael Cadman Michael Cadman ... Fortinbras: Whips
Peter Sproule 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
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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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Winner "Best Film" Cannes Film Festival See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Malcolm McDowell's film debut. See more »

Goofs

As Mick begins shaving off his mustache, he has a large amount of cream on his chin and he makes the first strokes at the left side of his mouth. When he turns around to look at the poster, there is less foam and the right side of his mouth is clean. In further shots the amount of cream and shaving progress vary inconsistently too. See more »

Quotes

Mick Travis: When do we live? That's what I want to know.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

In the UK, the BBFC requested that scenes of male and female frontal nudity be removed from the film in order to pass with an X certificate. The director removed the male frontals however, he negotiated with the BBFC and the female frontal nudity of a woman walking down a hallway was allowed. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Hitch (2014) 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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Love And Anger
5 April 2017 | by maureenmcqueenSee all my reviews

This glorious 1968 film is a document not just of its times but of the eternal and mysterious communion between two enormous artists. Lindsay Anderson, the director, the mentor, the older man and Malcolm McDowell his young, brilliant, loving disciple. The trust between this two men is overwhelming and the results are in every frame in every nuance. For me, to see this film after many years was a remarkable emotional experience. Daring, visionary with a Malcolm McDowell that broke new ground with the fearlessness of an explorer venturing into totally virgin territory. Brilliant, beautiful, unique. Lead by the magical hand of Anderson and McDowell we confront the anger of the artists with their love for each other. Wow!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

21 May 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

If.... See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Memorial Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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