If....

Lindsay Anderson’s If.... is a daringly anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior in the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells.

Film Info

  • Lindsay Anderson
  • United Kingdom
  • 1968
  • 112 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #391

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček and assistant editor Ian Rakoff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell
  • Episode of the Scottish TV series Cast and Crew from 2003, featuring interviews with McDowell, Ondříček, Rakoff, director’s assistant Stephen Frears, producer Michael Medwin, and screenwriter David Sherwin
  • Video interview with actor Graham Crowden
  • Thursday’s Children (1954), an Academy Award–winning documentary about a school for deaf children, by director Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton and narrated by actor Richard Burton
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein as well as reprinted pieces by Sherwin and Anderson

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček and assistant editor Ian Rakoff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell
  • Episode of the Scottish TV series Cast and Crew from 2003, featuring interviews with McDowell, Ondříček, Rakoff, director’s assistant Stephen Frears, producer Michael Medwin, and screenwriter David Sherwin
  • Video interview with actor Graham Crowden
  • Thursday’s Children (1954), an Academy Award–winning documentary about a school for deaf children, by director Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton and narrated by actor Richard Burton
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein as well as reprinted pieces by Sherwin and Anderson

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus
If....
Cast
Malcolm McDowell
Mick Travis
David Wood
Johnny
Richard Warwick
Wallace
Robert Swann
Rowntree
Christine Noonan
The girl
Peter Jeffrey
Headmaster
Arthur Lowe
Mr. Kemp
Mona Washbourne
Matron
Geoffrey Chater
Chaplain
Anthony Nicholls
General Denson
Graham Crowden
History master
Charles Lloyd Pack
Classics master
Credits
Director
Lindsay Anderson
Produced by
Michael Medwin
Produced by
Lindsay Anderson
Screenplay
David Sherwin
From the original script Crusaders by
David Sherwin
From the original script Crusaders by
John Howlett
Director of photography
Miroslav Ondříček
Music composed and conducted by
Marc Wilkinson
Production designer
Jocelyn Herbert
Editor
David Gladwell

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