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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)
Anthony Burgess (novel)
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Release Date:
2 February 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting but flawed See more (1267 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Malcolm McDowell ... Alex
Patrick Magee ... Mr. Alexander

Michael Bates ... Chief Guard

Warren Clarke ... Dim
John Clive ... Stage Actor

Adrienne Corri ... Mrs. Alexander
Carl Duering ... Dr. Brodsky
Paul Farrell ... Tramp
Clive Francis ... Lodger
Michael Gover ... Prison Governor
Miriam Karlin ... Catlady
James Marcus ... Georgie

Aubrey Morris ... Deltoid
Godfrey Quigley ... Prison Chaplain
Sheila Raynor ... Mum
Madge Ryan ... Dr. Branom
John Savident ... Conspirator
Anthony Sharp ... Minister
Philip Stone ... Dad
Pauline Taylor ... Psychiatrist

Margaret Tyzack ... Conspirator

Steven Berkoff ... Det. Const. Tom
Lindsay Campbell ... Police Inspector
Michael Tarn ... Pete

David Prowse ... Julian
Barrie Cookson
Jan Adair ... Handmaiden in Bible Fantasy
Gaye Brown ... Sophisto

Peter Burton
John J. Carney ... Detective sergeant
Vivienne Maya ... Handmaiden in Bible Fantasy (as Vivienne Chandler)
Richard Connaught ... Billyboy
Prudence Drage ... Handmaiden in Bible fantasy

Carol Drinkwater ... Nurse Feeley
Lee Fox ... Desk Sergeant
Cheryl Grunwald ... Rape Victim in Film
Gillian Hills ... Sonietta
Craig Hunter ... Doctor
Shirley Jaffe ... Victim of Billyboy's gang
Virginia Wetherell ... Stage Actress
Neil Wilson ... Prison Check-in Officer
Katya Wyeth ... Girl in Ascot Fantasy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Abbott ... Rex - Police Landrover Driver / 1st Policeman at Duke of York (uncredited)
Jack Arrow ... Mustachioed Ludovico Technician (uncredited)
Joe Bartlett ... Smiley Prisoner next to Kissy Faced Prisoner (uncredited)
Roy Beck ... Prison Officer in Chapel (uncredited)
Robert Bruce ... Milkbar Bouncer (uncredited)
Maurice Bush ... Charlie - Security Guard outside Alex's Ludovico Room (uncredited)
Steadman Clark ... 3rd Milkbar Bouncer (uncredited)
George Coulouris ... Professor (uncredited)
Jeremy Curry ... Jesus Christ (uncredited)
David Dawkins ... Humming Technician (uncredited)
Andros Epaminondas ... Bearded Man in Record Shop (uncredited)
Helen Ford ... Old Lady at Duke of York (uncredited)
Norman Gay ... BBC Producer (uncredited)
Dr. Gundry ... Dr. Lidlock (uncredited)
Peter Hannon ... 2nd Policeman at Duke of York (uncredited)
Margaret Heald ... Nurse Braindrain (who comes in with psychiatrist) (uncredited)
Nicholas Hill ... Biblio Oldie / Drunk Tramp (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Fred Hugh ... Biblio Oldie / Drunk Tramp (uncredited)
Harry Hutchinson ... Tramp beating up Alex (uncredited)
Katharina Kubrick ... Girl Passing Alex in Record Store (uncredited)
Viktor Lutze ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Olive Mercer ... Old Lady at Duke of York (uncredited)
Leslie Nye ... Biblio Oldie / Drunk Tramp (uncredited)
George O'Gorman ... Record Bootik Clerk (uncredited)
Nat Pearn ... Biblio Oldie / Drunk Tramp (uncredited)
Rex Rashley ... Biblio Oldie / Drunk Tramp (uncredited)
Fred Real ... Prison Check-In (uncredited)
Pat Roach ... Milkbar Bouncer (uncredited)
Henry Robert ... Desk Policeman (uncredited)
Billy Russell ... Professor attacked by Alex & Droogs in Library (uncredited)
Winifred Sabine ... Old Lady at Duke of York (uncredited)
Barbara Scott ... Marty (uncredited)
Shane Shelton ... Burbling Boy (uncredited)
George Spence ... Tramp beating up Alex (uncredited)
Guy Standeven ... Man with Flowers in Hospital (uncredited)
Tom Sye ... Biblio Oldie / Drunk Tramp (uncredited)
Arthur Tatler ... Convict Pianist (uncredited)
Alec Wallis ... Conspirator D.B. Da Silva (uncredited)
Sister Watkins ... Dr. Lidlock's Assistant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)

Anthony Burgess (novel)

Produced by
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
Si Litvinoff .... executive producer
Max L. Raab .... executive producer
Bernard Williams .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
John Alcott (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Butler 
 
Casting by
James Liggat  (as Jimmy Liggat)
 
Production Design by
John Barry 
 
Art Direction by
Russell Hagg 
Peter Sheilds 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
Olga Angelinetta .... hairdresser
Barbara Daly .... makeup artist
George Partleton .... makeup artist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist (as Fred Williamson)
Jim Gillespie .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Dusty Symonds .... assistant director
Raymond Becket .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Bruton .... prop master
Peter Hancock .... prop man
Tommy Ibbetson .... prop man
Christiane Kubrick .... special paintings and sculpture
Cornelius Makkink .... special paintings and sculpture
Herman Makkink .... special paintings and sculpture
Liz Moore .... special paintings and sculpture
John Oliver .... prop man
Bill Welch .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Brian Blamey .... sound editor
André Dias .... dialogue recordist (international versions)
André Dias .... dubbing editor (international versions)
Peter Glossop .... boom operator
Eddie Haben .... dubbing mixer
John Jordan .... sound recordist
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Sandy DellaMarie .... digital production coordinator: Pacific Title & Art Studio: re-release
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio: re-release
George Gervan .... digital paint artist: Pacific itle & Art Studio: re-release
Richard Gervan .... digital paint artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio: re-release
Martin Hall .... digital paint artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio: re-release
Maureen Healy .... digital paint artist: Pacific Title & Art Studio: re-release
Heather Hoyland .... lead digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio: re-release
Greg Kimble .... digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio: re-release
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (restored version) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunt arranger
Eddie Frewin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Bogue .... electrician (as Louis Bogue)
Don Budge .... grip
Tony Cridlin .... grip
Ernest Day .... camera operator (as Ernie Day)
Ron Drinkwater .... focus puller
Laurie Frost .... camera assistant
Derek Gattrell .... electrician (as Derek Gatrell)
David Lenham .... camera assistant
Mike Molloy .... camera operator
Frank Wardale .... supervising electrician
Ken Worringham .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
David Beesley .... assistant editor
Peter Burgess .... assistant editor
Gary Shepherd .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Wendy Carlos .... electronic music composed and realised by (as Walter Carlos)
Erika Eigen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Len Barnard .... production accountant
Terence A. Clegg .... location manager (as Terence Clegg)
Andros Epaminondas .... production assistant
Jan Harlan .... assistant to producer
Kay Johnson .... director's secretary
Mike Kaplan .... promotion coordinator
Jonathan Marshall .... technical advisor (as Jon Marshall)
Arthur Morgan .... location liaison
Loretta Ordewer .... production secretary
June Randall .... continuity
Margaret Adams .... production assistant (uncredited)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer (uncredited)
Anthony Frewin .... assistant: Stanley Kubrick (uncredited)
Dick Haydon .... stand-in: male (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
136 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White | Color (Warnercolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (re-issue) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Brazil:16 (TV rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2008) | Canada:R (Alberta) (re-rating) (1999) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | France:18 (original rating) | France:16 (re-rating) | Greece:K-17 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 (re-rating) (2000) | Ireland:(Banned) (1971-2000) | Israel:X (original rating) | Israel:18 (video rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM18 (video rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating on appeal) (1998) | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:D | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:(Banned) (original rating) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) | South Africa:18 (Certificate G/1999/0748 DVD) | South Korea:(Banned) | South Korea:18 (2005) (DVD rating) | South Korea:18 (2004) | Spain:(Banned) (original rating) | Spain:18 (re-rating) (1975) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (additional material: 35m) (2011) | UK:18 (video rating) (2000) (2001) (2006) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1999) | UK:(Banned) (withdrawn by director) (1973-1999) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal) (Approved No. 22996) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Stanley Kubrick] [faces]Frank, when he realizes who Alex is.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Mr Deltoid visits Alex, we had already seen Alex's parents talking to each other, and they had now left, yet there is still a set of false teeth in a glass in the bedroom.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in This Is the End (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Country LaneSee more »

FAQ

How old is Alex supposed to be?
Was this film banned in the UK?
Why is it called "A Clockwork Orange"?
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Interesting but flawed, 26 October 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In England Alex and his droogs are just one of many small gangs of youths who live for thrills experienced through ultra-violence and forced in and out with girls. Internal conflict with his droogs sees Alex abandoned at a crime scene where he is arrested. Faced with 14 years in jail Alex tries to get involved in a new Government led initiative to rehabilitate criminals.

I imagine I'm in the same boat as many users here. I first saw Clockwork Orange many years ago on a pirate copy where the words `sound quality' and `visual sharpness' didn't play any part. It wasn't till recently that I was able to watch it on a screen without squinting, when Kubrick's ban was lifted in the UK. At this point I waited several years till it came to TV before revisiting it – I wanted to watch it away from media hype and make my own mind up.

What I found was a film that was taking it's points from the debate that was going on at the time over treatment of criminals. The plot is worthy and does set up a situation that becomes more relevant every year in the UK – that of violent disaffected youth. However Kubrick doesn't look at the wider impact of society on Alex, he only looks at Alex and how he is treated now by society. His life consists of sex and violence – all for thrills, a picture that is all too realistic. However only in the second half does Kubrick make some strong points about the nature of people and how society can be as cruel as individuals.

Most of the film is a sort of arty porn type of film. That's not to criticise it for this, but it does feel like Kubrick is concentrating more on style rather than content. Visually the film works well, even if some of the scenes of sexual violence I felt were more than they needed to be and it felt like it was revelling in the very things it was criticising. However at it's heart the story is a good idea and it is told in a weird way that holds the attention.

Alex's weird childlike use of made up words make it feel like he really is a teenager trying to create a world different from his parents and plenty of the images show the reality of his world. McDowell delivers another great performance and effortlessly carries the film. However his constant swagger could be criticised for being too much, but at the key moments of weakness he brings out Alex's fear well. The rest of the support cast give good Orwellian authority figures or vengeful victims well.

Overall this film is worth watching once simply because of the hype. Now that it's no longer banned it will lose much of the credit it gave you when you could tell people that you'd seen it (now every school kid can rent it on video!) and may lose some critical support as a result. McDowell is great but Kubrick works harder on his style than making clear, strong points through narrative.

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