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If.... (1968)

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Lindsay Anderson
David Sherwin (script "Crusaders") &
John Howlett (script "Crusaders")
Release Date:
27 August 1969 (Denmark) more
Drama more
Which side will you be on?
Plot Outline:
In this allegorical story, a revolution lead by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England. more
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations more
User Comments:
One for your sons more


 (Cast overview, first billed only)

Malcolm McDowell ... Mick Travis
David Wood ... Johnny
Richard Warwick ... Wallace
Christine Noonan ... The Girl
Rupert Webster ... Bobby phillips
Robert Swann ... Rowntree
Hugh Thomas ... Denson
Michael Cadman ... Fortinbras
Peter Sproule ... Barnes
Peter Jeffrey ... Headmaster
Anthony Nicholls ... General Denson
Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Kemp
Mona Washbourne ... Matron
Mary MacLeod ... Mrs. Kemp
Geoffrey Chater ... Chaplain (Reverend Woods)
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Additional Details

111 min
Black and White / Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 more
Sound Mix:
Czech Republic:15 / UK:15 (re-rating) / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:14 / Australia:M / Finland:K-16 / Sweden:15 / USA:R (cut version) (1969) / USA:X (1968) / West Germany:16 (bw) / UK:AA
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Based on Jean Vigo's short film, _Zero De Conduite (1933)_ more
Continuity: The boys order coffee at the Packhorse Caf�. 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 caf� 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. more
Headmaster: Those who are given most also have most to give. more
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20 out of 23 people found the following comment useful:-
One for your sons, 19 April 1999
Author: StevieGB from London, England

To get the most out of this film you have to be English, male and a teenager; in 1979 when I first saw it I was all three. In the years that followed I would catch it wherever I could, be it on television, in the college bar or in some local, flea-ridden rep cinema. Now, of course, I own the video. Every few months I dig it out and watch it, and more than any other film or book it reminds me what it was like to be young and rebellious and have my whole life ahead of me.

This was to England what The Wild One or Rebel Without A Cause was to America. Show it to your teenage sons; they'll remember it for the rest of their lives, and one day they might even thank you for it.

To dispel an old myth, while I'm here. Some scenes in the film are in black and white while most of the film is in color. The reason for this has nothing to do with art; they were short of money, and black and white was cheaper in those days.


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