If…. (1968)

UK, 1968
111m, 10,004 feet
35mm film, Eastmancolor, black and white, 1.66:1
mono, English

A British fantasy film directed by Lindsay Anderson.

Plot Summary

The boys at a traditional English public school stage a violent revolt against their masters.


Director: Lindsay Anderson
© 1968 Paramount Pictures Corporation
Memorial Enterprises
Executive Producer: Roy Baird
Producer: Michael Medwin, Lindsay Anderson
Screenplay: David Sherwin
Based on the Original Script by: Davey Sherwin, John Howlett
Director of Photography: Miroslav Ondrícek
Editor: David Gladwell
Music/Music Conductor: Marc Wilkinson
Sound Recording: Christian Wangler
Wardrobe: Shura Cohen
Make-up: Betty Blattner
Production Designer: Jocelyn Herbert
Casting Director: Miriam Brickman

Malcolm McDowell (Mick Travis)
David Wood (Johnny)
Richard Warwick (Wallace)
Christine Noonan (the girl)
Rupert Webster (Bobby Philips)

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)
Ben Aris (John Thomas)
Graham Crowden (history master)
Charles Lloyd Pack (classics master)

Guy Ross (Stephans)
Robin Askwith (Keating)
Richard Everett (Pussy Graves)
Philip Bagenal (Peanuts)
Nicholas Page (Cox)
Robert Yetzes (Fisher)
David Griffin (Willens)
Graham Sharman (Van Eyssen)
Richard Tombleson (Baird)

Richard Davis (Machin)
Brian Pettifer (Biles)
Michael Newport (Brunning)
Charles Sturridge (Markland)
Sean Bury (Jute)
Martin Beaumont (Hunter)

Alternative Titles

Ako bi… – Serbia
Crusaders – working title
¿De qué lado estás? – Argentina
Ha… – Hungary
Hvis… – Norway
Hvis…. – Denmark
if Moshimo…. – Japan
if もしも‥‥ – Japan
If – Mexico
Jeżeli… – Poland
Jos… – Finland
Jos – Finland (television)
Ne Ekersen – Turkey
Om… – Filand (Swedish)
Se… – Brazil, Italy, Portugal
Εάν… – Greece
Επαναστατημένη γενιά – Greece
Ако…. – Bulgaria
Если… – Russia
Якщо… – Ukraine

O Lucky Man! (1973)
Britannia Hospital (1982)

Extracts included in
Free Cinema (1986)
O Lucky Malcolm! (2006)



  • El Amante Cine no.36 (February 1995) pp.24-27 – illustrated article (La lección del maestro by Raúl Beceyro)
  • American Cinematographer vol.88 no.12 (December 2007) pp.10, 12 – illustrated DVD review (DVD playback: If…. by Chris Pizzello)
  • APEC Cinema vol.11 no.3 (1973/1974) pp.25-48 – article
  • Avant-Scène du Cinéma no.119 (November 1971) pp.7-57 – script
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.16 p.60
  • Cinéaste vol.2 no.4 (Spring 1969) p.19
  • Cinéaste vol.33 no.1 (Winter 2007) p.80 – DVD review (Staff Recommendations – If… by Richard Porton)
  • Cinema vol.5 no.3 (1969) pp.46-47 – illustrated review (by P.S. [Paul Schrader])
  • Close-up no.7/8 (1971) pp.54-57 – article
  • The Daily Cinema no.9499 (20 March 1968) pp.8 – credits
  • Empire no.154 (April 2002) p.118 – illustrated credits, review (by Adam Smith)
  • Film a Doba vol.14 no.10 (October 1968) pp.516-531 – script
  • Film Heritage vo.5 no.1 (Fall 1969) pp.13-20 – review (If…. by Michael Dempsey)
  • Films and Filming vol.15 no.6 (March 1969) p.50
  • Interzone no.253 (July/August 2014) p.84 – review (by Tony Lee)
  • Journal of British Cinema and Television vol.5 no.2 (2008) pp.318-334 – article (If…before If… by Charles Drazin)
  • Kine Weekly no.3193 (21 December 1968) p.19
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.36 no.421 (February 1969) p.25 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen vol.10 no.1 (January/February 1969) p.24 – article
  • Screen vol.10 no.2 (March/April 1969) pp.85-89
  • Screen vol.16 no.4 (Winter 1975/1976) pp.62-80 – article
  • Sight & Sound vol.17 no.8 (August 2007) pp.46-49 – illustrated article (Back to school by Andrew Roberts)
  • Sight & Sound vol.17 no.9 (September 2007) p.88 – DVD review (Reviews: DVDs: School masterly by Tim Lucas)
  • Sight & Sound vol.37 no.3 (Summer 1968) pp.130-131 – article
  • Sight & Sound vol.38 no.1 (Winter 1968/1969) p.40; 42 – note
  • Variety 11 December 1968 pp.30


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  • Film Review 1969-70 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) p.209 – credits, review
  • International Film Guide 1970 by Peter Cowie (ed) pp.15; 106-107 – illustrated credits, review (World production survey: England by Peter Cowie)
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1970 p.112
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.578-585 – illustrated review (by RV [Rainer Vowe])
  • Psychedelic Celluloid: British Pop Music in Film and TV 1965-1974 by Simon Matthews p.190 – illustrated review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.212 – credits
  • Screen World 1970 Volume 21 by John Willis (ed.) p.154-155 – illustrated credits
  • World Filmography 1968 pp.206-207