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  • 15
  • Lindsay Anderson (1968)
  • UK
  • 106 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Clearly indebted to Jean Vigo's Zéro de Conduite, this striking story of schoolboy revolt was originally offered to Nicholas Ray in the hope that he would produce a British equivalent to his classic Rebel without a Cause. With its surrealistic elements, it was something of a departure for This Sporting Life director Lindsay Anderson, but he succeeds in both capturing the atmosphere and absurdities of public school life and investing this satire of class-ridden British society with plenty of venom. Malcolm McDowell gives a blistering performance in what is undoubtedly a key film in British cinema history.

Plot Summary

Satirical drama from British director Lindsay Anderson, starring Malcolm McDowell as Mick Travers, a rebellious sixth former at an authoritarian English public school. A student of revolution, he and his friends are seen as a subversive element by the teachers and "whips". Then, a particularly brutal caning triggers a violent showdown.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mick Travers
Malcolm McDowell
Johnny
David Wood
Wallace
Richard Warwick
The Girl
Christine Noonan
Bobby Philips
Rupert Webster
Rowntree
Robert Swann
Denson
Hugh Thomas
Headmaster
Peter Jeffrey
Matron
Mona Washbourne
Mr Kemp, housemaster
Arthur Lowe
History master
Graham Crowden
Chaplain
Geoffrey Chater
Markland
Charles Sturridge

Crew

Director
Lindsay Anderson
Assistant Director
Stephen Frears

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White and Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Mar 2002
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Paramount
Categories
Drama