I watched the film" If " last night ... the second time in nearly forty years . I quickly realised that I had forgotten most of the plot except the ending and what an ending . I must watch again ... soon ... so much to take in ... still have not worked out why a mixture of colour then monochrome .
Lots of aspiring young actors who were to do well later in their careers but I was intrigued by Biles Junior whose face seemed vaguely familiar ... turned out to be Brian Pettifer who I had also seen in the TV Series " Get Some In " and " Rab C Nesbitt " .
An intriguing film ... certainly worth watching ... five out of six of the best .
Allegedly a budgetary problem with the film's finances. They supposedly couldn't afford enough colour stock. Some say that the final few chapters, including that quite violent ending, all took place inside the main character's head, a view reinforced by the fact that Lindsay Hamilton%, the film's director and writer if I'm not mistaken, actually wrote the screenplay for an unproduced sequel, in which most of the main cast came back and reprised their roles or more specifically the exact roles that they played in the original film. I am of course aware that Malcolm McDowall showed up in two other films as Mick Travis, but that wasn't the same Mick Travis that he played in If....
% Shit, ballocks, damn. Not Hamilton. Anderson. Lindsay Anderson.