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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.

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Storyline

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. Written by Nikki Carlyle

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Being the adventures of a young man ... who couldn't resist pretty girls ... or a bit of the old ultra-violence ... went to jail, was re-conditioned ... and came out a different young man ... or was he ? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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2 February 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£618,615 (UK) (17 March 2000)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

While recording narration, Malcolm McDowell would often feel the need to stretch his legs. So to satisfy McDowell and quite possibly get better narration from him, Stanley Kubrick and McDowell would play table tennis (a sport featured in Kubrick's own Lolita (1962)), and although they played many games, Kubrick never beat a rather skilled McDowell at table tennis. McDowell was later irritated to find that his salary had been docked for the hours spent playing the game. McDowell often kept Kubrick highly amused by his ability to belch on command (as illustrated at various points of the movie). They would play chess as well, and since Kubrick was an excellent chess player, McDowell never managed to beat him. Chess was a regular thing with many actors in Kubrick's films. He would regularly beat George C. Scott at chess while making Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), and also Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall on The Shining (1980). See more »

Goofs

Alex comments that the opera singer's voice makes "all the malankey little hairs" on his skin stand up. In the Nadsat slang that he speaks, "malankey" already means "little", so his statement becomes one about all his "little little hairs". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title, which is followed by the opening shot of Alex the Droog. Although it is now commonplace for major films to not have opening credits, in 1971 it was considered rather unusual and was considered a trademark of director Stanley Kubrick. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Wild Life (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Country Lane
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Composed by Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind
Arranged and Performed by Wendy Carlos on synthesizer
Produced by Rachel Elkind
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One of those films you have to watch multiple times
28 April 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

It's hard to judge a film such as this. Its cold and hard, yet can be exhilarating and sarcastic. It can be average, yet it can be visionary. Exploitive? Satirical? Too many questions to consider when one watches this film.

Even after 34 years, this film still speaks volumes about our current culture, which many ideals are ringing true today. The younger generations are out of control due to lack of parental control, junk culture is becoming commonplace, violence is desensitizing the masses, and we all seem to be enjoying the ride on the way down. It's very difficult to find movies which can make such startling commentary, yet hold on to such accusations for an extended period of time. Nowadays, films are focused-grouped to death, conformity is more powerful than artistry, and money is far more important than quality. Kubrick took a huge leap with this film, challenging society to take a hard look at itself. Unfortunately, society wasn't ready for this film, which is why it is revered now more than ever.


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