A furious, exhilarating assault on the mores of contemporary Britain, sited in a microcosmic boarding school. IF... became one of the key texts of 1960s revolutionary sentiment; decades later, it retains most of its considerable impact.
Having spent the summer absorbing London's burgeoning counterculture, a quietly simmering Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) returns to his public school--a nightmarishly oppressive institution in which privilege is based on rank, intellectual achievement is despised, and cynical upper classmen
routinely extort sexual favors from younger boys. The school's systematic brutality is condoned by an ineffectual headmaster whose "modern" v...