Lindsay Anderson (1968)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Public schoolboys express their contempt for the institution in small acts of rebellion, but their non-conformity is greeted with harsh punishment, prompting them to adopt more extreme methods. Lindsay Anderson's surreal satirical drama, the first of three films starring Malcolm McDowell as iconoclastic anti-hero Mick Travis. With David Wood, Richard Warwick, Arthur Lowe and Graham Crowden.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Lindsay Anderson
Assistant Director Stephen Frears
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Mar 2002