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* AxesAtSchool: The films surreal final scenes show Travis and his comrades taking up arms and attacking fellow pupils, teachers and parents during Founder's Day.

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* AxesAtSchool: The films film’s surreal final scenes show Travis and his comrades taking up arms and attacking fellow pupils, teachers and parents during Founder's Day.


* CorporalPunishment: Horribly realised on a number of occasions - but especially graphic when Rowntree takes a ''running start-up'' to cane Travis.
** StiffUpperLip: Tradition demands that he must then ''thank'' Rowntree and shake hands for the above.....

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* CorporalPunishment: Horribly realised on There's a number of occasions - but especially graphic when Rowntree takes a ''running start-up'' to cane Travis.
** StiffUpperLip: Tradition demands that he must then ''thank'' Rowntree
lengthy scene in which Mick and his friends are caned by the prefects. Afterwards they have to shake hands for the above.....prefect by the hand and thank him — a common tradition in public schools, apparently.



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Some sequences are in black and white. Accounts vary as to how much this was for artistic reasons and how much was down to technical difficulties and budget restrictions.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Some sequences scenes are in black and white. Accounts vary as Many people have tried to how much this was for artistic reasons find the "pattern"; some think that the black and how much was down white scenes are fantasy or dreams, but others think that the color scenes are. Malcolm [=McDowell=] claims that some of the scenes would have taken too long to technical difficulties light properly if they had been shot in color, and budget restrictions.then other scenes were shot black and white to add "texture". But another view is that the filmmakers ran into money troubles halfway through shooting and so had to shoot the rest of the scenes in black and white.



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* LoverAndBeloved: Wallace has a relationship with the younger Philips, of whom he's protective, but who seems to be a more mature person than his lover.



* PedophilePriest[=/=]TeacherStudentRomance: A middle-aged chaplain and mathematics teacher at a boys' boarding school seems to take an interest in Jute, a pretty new boy in his class, probably 13 years old. The chaplain is skewered by Anderson's satire, as are most of the adults in the film.



* TeacherStudentRomance: A middle-aged chaplain and mathematics teacher seems to take an interest in Jute, a pretty new boy in his class, probably 13 years old. The chaplain is skewered by Anderson's satire, as are most of the adults in the film.


* MoralGuardians: Predictably, and perhaps justifiably, the film cause moral outcry in a number of circles -- a British ambassador called the film "an insult to the nation". The then Lord Brabourne read an early draft and called it "the most evil and perverted script I've ever read. It must never see the light of day".





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* LoveAtFirstSight: Philips and Wallace have apparently never met, but Wallace has presumably seen Philips around and been attracted to him. Philips then falls for Wallace when he sees him perform a gymnastics routine. They start meeting secretly.


If you are searching for the equally subversive and seditious left-wing political cartoon series by Steve Bell, go '''[[ComicStrip/{{If}} here]]'''. Not to be confused with the video game ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf'', which has a similarly-styled logo and also has a high school.

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The title is probably a sarcastic reference to Creator/RudyardKipling's [[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46473/if--- famous poem]]. If you are searching for the equally subversive and seditious left-wing political cartoon series by Steve Bell, go '''[[ComicStrip/{{If}} here]]'''. Not to be confused with the video game ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf'', which has a similarly-styled logo and also has a high school.


* LongingLook: One of the more controversial scenes (at the 1968 release) involves Philips [[http://www.lindsayandersonfilms.comxa.com/if/rupert.jpg checking out Wallace]] as he performs on the parallel bars. The use of a young boy, shot in slow-mo to accentuate his beauty and the sexual tension, was incredibly risqué for 1968. [[note]]Gay sex had only just been decriminalised in Great Britain (from 1st Jan 1967): but the age of consent for gays was set at 21, five years after heteros. This sequence could still have been interpreted, legally, as conspiracy or incitement to corrupt a minor, or paedophilia.[[/note]]

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* LongingLook: One of the more controversial scenes (at the 1968 release) involves Philips [[http://www.lindsayandersonfilms.comxa.com/if/rupert.jpg [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4reeEObMeFI checking out Wallace]] as he performs on the parallel bars.high bar. The use of a young boy, shot in slow-mo to accentuate his beauty and the sexual tension, was incredibly risqué for 1968. [[note]]Gay sex had only just been decriminalised in Great Britain (from 1st Jan 1967): but the age of consent for gays was set at 21, five years after heteros. This sequence could still have been interpreted, legally, as conspiracy or incitement to corrupt a minor, or paedophilia.[[/note]]


* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]] / MamaBear: Looks like a grandma by today's standards, though in the 60s she may just have been someone's mother. With a [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns Sten gun]]. "Bastards bastards! Bastards!"

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* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]] / MamaBear: Looks The school matron looks like a grandma by today's standards, though in the 60s she may just have been someone's mother. With a [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns Sten gun]]. "Bastards bastards! Bastards!"


* TheDragon: Stephans acts as one to the Whips, which results in a lot of resentment from the other middle six formers.

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* TheDragon: Stephans acts as one to the Whips, which results in a lot of resentment from the other middle six formers.Travis and co.


--> '''Pass it on - "Biles, why are you a freak?"'''

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--> '''Pass ''Pass it on - "Biles, why are you a freak?"'''freak?''



* TheDragon: Stephans acts as one to the Whips, which results in a lot of mockery from the other middle six formers.

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* TheDragon: Stephans acts as one to the Whips, which results in a lot of mockery resentment from the other middle six formers. formers.
--> ''One night we're gonna massacre you, Stephans - I'll do ya for free''

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* TheDragon: Stephans acts as one to the Whips, which results in a lot of mockery from the other middle six formers.

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* RealMenTakeItBlack: In the cafe scene, Travis takes his coffee black.

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* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]] / MamaBear: Looks like a grandma by today's standards, though in the 60s she may just have been someone's mother. With a [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns Sten gun]]. "Bastards bastards! Bastards!"


* GainaxEnding[=/=]NoEnding: [[spoiler:During the Founders' Day commencement speech, a fire starts and all the attendees run out. Mick and the Crusaders set off explosions and fire into the crowd. This changes when ''the crowd'' including a priest, a general and ''a knight'' get rifles and start firing back at them. The Headmaster calls for a ceasefire, but The Girl shoots him in the head. The film ends on the two groups firing at one another.]]

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* GainaxEnding[=/=]NoEnding: [[spoiler:During the Founders' Day commencement speech, a fire starts and all the attendees run out. Mick and the Crusaders set off explosions and fire into the crowd. This changes when ''the crowd'' including a priest, a general and ''a knight'' get rifles and start firing back at them. The Headmaster calls for a ceasefire, but The Girl shoots him in the head. The film ends on the two groups firing at one another.another, with the ground mysteriously cleared of bodies.]]



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: [[spoiler: During the ending, the Crusaders and the Crowd tend to miss. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as both groups are mostly inexperienced with these types of weapons.]]

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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: [[spoiler: During the ending, the Crusaders and the Crowd tend to miss. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as due to the surrealism of the scene (even people who fall over get back up) and that both groups are mostly inexperienced with these types of weapons.]]

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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:The Girl shoots the Head Master in the head]].


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* {{Flynning}}: Done deliberately when Travis, Cox and Knightley get into a sword fight more or less for the hell of it and tear around the school flynning for all they're worth.


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* TeacherStudentRomance: A middle-aged chaplain and mathematics teacher seems to take an interest in Jute, a pretty new boy in his class, probably 13 years old. The chaplain is skewered by Anderson's satire, as are most of the adults in the film.


'''''if....''''' is a 1968 film written by David Sherwin, directed by Lindsay Anderson, and starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, in his film debut, as Mick Travis.

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'''''if....''''' ''if....'' is a 1968 film written by David Sherwin, directed by Lindsay Anderson, and starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, in his film debut, as Mick Travis.

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