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3.9
2,850 Ratings

If....

Directed by Lindsay Anderson
United Kingdom, 1968
Drama

Synopsis

Teenage misfit and rebel Mick Travis’ anti-social behavior and petty larceny soon attracts the attention of the sadistic gang, Whips, and the authority of his upper crust English school, leading to an unexpected showdown.

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If.... Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1969 | Winner: Palme d'Or

BAFTA Awards

1969 | 2 nominations including: Best Direction

Golden Globes (USA)

1970 | Nominee: Best English-Language Foreign Film

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1970 | 2nd place: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

Graduation is rendered as an extremist attack, an implosion of all the practiced niceties, the hidden urges. The only reason all Anderson’s anarchy works so well is because he got the details right. The world is real. It also happens to be a nightmare, a pipe bomb of pent-up sensuality and half-formed political posturing. The scars will last a lifetime if you’re lucky.
April 05, 2017
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The setting of if…., its appeal to young public school survivors, and the mood of the times in which it appeared have given it the reputation of scathing satire, but what makes the film lastingly disturbing is the softness in its observations, the nostalgia for the known threats of institutional life.
December 14, 2017
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