|Starring:||David Wood, Robert Swann, Geoffrey, Malcolm McDowell, Peter Jeffrey, Christina Noonan, Arthur Lowe, Mona Washbourne, Richard Warwick|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Jul 2007|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place.By Grimmy (31 reviews) from Up North , 04 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]If... is a masterpiece of British Cinema. An authentic, almost documentary, account of life in an English boarding school in the 1960s, which serves as an analogy of the state of the nation at the time. Lindsay Anderson exposes the snobery, bullying corruption and intellectual complacency of the establishment and captures the essence of liberation politics and the naive idealism of a nascent youth culture (before it was subdued into a marketing demographic).
Wonderful performances, Malcom McDowell's greatest moment: the sneering, cocky, vulnerable, charismatic Mick Travis.
'The thing I hate about you, Rowntree, is the way you give Coca-Cola to your scum, and your best teddy bear to Oxfam, and expect us to lick your frigid fingers for the rest of your frigid life.'
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Dated and DrabBy ReviewerReviewer (115 reviews) , 30 Oct 2013Its very dated, drags on and rather poor plot, it gets boring as a posh boys school film, better to watch Mr Chips if you want that sort of film
Good film, but rather dated!By CHRISTOBEN (131 reviews) from Loughborough , 20 Mar 2013This was a very controversial film when it was first released, questioning and pouring scorn on many of the values and conventions of the world in which it was set. Some of the power has diminished somewhat now and we are left with a rather odd, disjointed film with a srange, stilted feel to it - nevertheless, it still has the ability to make you think and question, and although it may not shock nowadays, it will still leave you feeling uncomfortable.
If..... certainly can not be better!By a customer , 30 Jun 2012This is an incredible film which is an attack on the system using an account of life in an English boarding school in the 1960s. Entertaining, stylishly directed, wonderfully performed and full of wonderful dialogue ('There's no such thing as a wrong war. Violence and revolution are the only pure acts'). Genius.
Dated but specialBy dougthom (278 reviews) from Brighton,UK , 15 Jan 2012I remember seeing this as a gay pre-teen and the modest gay bits in the movie gave me hope 'as a small town boy'. This movie deals with all sorts of Rebellious students, and the idealism of that age. As the movie progresses it does go a little sureal (the man shot dead in the draw). Also the movie flicks between colour and black and white - the B&W seems to show the dull points in life and colour the detail.
This is an unmissable movie, tho not one you can watch over and over.
dated and dullBy HRRS (2 reviews) , 10 Jan 2012This didn't really make a great deal of sense to me and the narrative seems very confused. Perhaps those who grew up in the aesthetic might appreciate it more, but for me it was just rather dull and not at all engaging. The use of black and white didn't seem to signify anything at all, for example, and the ending is completely absurd (but not comic).
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