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If.... (1968)

R | | 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 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? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

21 May 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Se... See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Memorial Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 petrol station. See more »

Goofs

The boys order coffee at the Packhorse Café. The waitress pours the coffee into two cups and slides the cups towards the boys across the counter without spilling the coffee. Travis adds sugar to his coffee from a sugar tin. He spills some sugar and several small drops of coffee onto the counter. The spoon is left in the sugar can pointing towards the café entrance door. The boys then take their coffees away from the counter and walk towards the tables. The next shot shows the waitress standing behind the counter watching the boys. There is now a long streak of coffee on the counter which wasn't there before and the spoon in the sugar can is now pointing in a different direction. There is also no sugar spilt on the counter and no small drops of coffee either. See more »

Quotes

Mick Travis: The whole world will end very soon - black, brittle bodies peeling into ash...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Game (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata, 5th Organ Symphony Opus 42 No 1
(uncredited)
Composed by Charles Marie Widor
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As if the Speed of the Nail would matter...
1 August 2004 | by youngmurraySee all my reviews

Lindsay Anderson's 1968 film If... is a beautiful film with a simple message, yet the director's touch and the performances take it to entirely different level.

If... takes place in all boys boarding school and stars Malcolm McDowell as

"Mick" (McDowell in his first screen role). Mick and his two friends feel

somewhat distant from their peers, school, and society. Their general attitude towards such things as sex, war, and authority could be call revolutionary. With surrealistic touches such as unexplained occurrences and changing between

color and black and white. Lindsay Anderson paints a vivid picture of "teenage alienation" before there was a term for such a thing. McDowell would later reprise his role of "Mick" in two other Anderson pictures O' Lucky Man and Britannia Hospital. A must see for fans of McDowell. Just a great film with a message that sparks positive, pro-active thinking. An important film that makes you remember to question authority instead complying to it rules. Sadly If... is not available on DVD at this time.


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