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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Lumpen dogmatism from Anderson taking broad pot shots at his usual pet hates. Despite an insouciant swagger (and a sometimes accurate representation of school life), the anarchy and sub-Bunuelian digressions haven’t aged too well. It’s all very well shooting down your establishment, but to replace it with what? No solutions provided...
Perfect example of you reap what you sow. The institutionalized savagery and sadism that reinforces the class structure was pernicious. It's a little harder to find Malcolm McDowell sympathetic after all he did after this film.
A great analogy -in extremis, perhaps- for how educational systems leave children alienated and ill-prepared for the scary outside world. Although "If..." is a work of fiction set in parochial, shabby England, the setting of real horrors such as Virginia Tech, Columbine and many other places now belong to the same world.
Antes de la naranja mecánica este desplante visual contra el costumbrismo inglés ya entrado en crisis a finales de los 70's, nos muestra a los estudiantes de una escuela con todo el estilo "Hogwarts" que intentan seguir bajo una hipocrita disciplina los lineamentos del "buen inglés", un grupo de rebeldes lidereados por Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) buscan lo contrario, liberarse, romper, violentar...
im glad i didnt see this when i was 14 or 15, i woulve blown up my school.
this is one of the most dangerous movies ive seen, and we all know malcom mcdowell is scarier here than in a clockwork orange.