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Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

When riding in the sports car at very high speed, Georgie is not holding his hat, so it should fly off.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the rampaging Alex is performing "Singing In The Rain," leaning over Frank, his mouth is not moving.
When the two policemen try to drown Alex in the water trough, we can still hear his voice unimpeded.
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Character error 

Alex's last name is inconsistent (see trivia). When he goes into jail, he gives his name as DeLarge, but the newspaper articles call him Burgess.
There is a running theme of the Government referring to Citizens and the State, implying that Great Britain has abolished the monarchy in this "future". Yet the prison is called "HM Prison Parkmoor", HM being a common designation for Her/His Majesty.
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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".
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Continuity 

The amount of spaghetti on Alex' plate increases after he has already eaten some of it.
Just before Alex and Miss Weathers fight in the health farm, the room is full of cats. During the fight, the panning camera reveals that there are no cats in the room. The cats mysteriously reappear immediately after the battle.
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The first time Frank pours the wine, he pours it to the same level in the glass twice. Then, the amount in the glass decreases without Alex drinking any.
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When Alex was reading from the Bible, and asks the priest to talk with him in private, we see the priest putting his hand on Alex's shoulder, while in an another cut we see him preparing him self to put his hand on him.
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In the marina scene, George is seen wearing his hat as he gets up in the shot of Dim falling into the water. Moments later as Alex is cutting Dim's hand, George is doubled over in the background without his hat. As Dim falls backward in recoil from the cut, George is seen in the same position with his hat on.
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Position of the prison governor's hands when he explains about the Ludovico treatment.
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(at around 33 mins) The water of the flat lot marina changes in turbulence several times, low waves at first and then less choppy while Dim is falling and finally completely still as he hits the water.
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The sandal of Billy Boy's hostage, that laces up her leg to the knee, changes position for right leg, to left leg and back to right again as she runs off after Alex and his gang disturb the rape attempt.
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During Alex's slow-motion attack on his gang members by the Marina River, a dirty black patch appears---then disappears----on the leg of his white trousers.
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During the Ludovico scene, the voiceover of Alex says he cannot move his eyes, but does so later on.
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At the abandoned casino Billy-Boys' gang attack a young woman. Her sandal, that laces up her leg to the knee changes position from right leg, to left leg and back to right again as she runs off after Alex and his gang disturb them.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the music store, the camera is briefly reflected in the mirrors to the right.
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When Alex and the Cat Lady are fighting at the house, the shadow of the camera can be seen on each of them.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Many of the continuity errors are not in fact errors. Stanley Kubrick purposely included many continuity errors as a way of creating a feeling of disorientation for the audience. That is why people's positions change, props are reorganized, and hats (and other articles of clothing) appear and disappear.

Revealing mistakes 

The wine Alex drinks appears far too light in color to be a 10 year old Medoc. Stanley Kubrick did use the actual wine described by Alex (specifically a 1960 Château Saint-Estèphe Médoc). But after each take water was added, ostensibly to keep the wine level consistent without intoxicating Malcolm McDowell. By the time Kubrick got what he wanted the wine was visibly watered down.
During the high speed car ride, the trees and greenery on both sides of the road are illuminated. As the viewpoint is looking backwards from the front of the car, everything that we see is behind the vehicle, and as there are no streetlights it should all be in darkness.
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When the brutal police try to drown Alex in the water trough, you can tell that the water has been warmed because there is steam coming from it.
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At the beginning of the movie, it's cold enough to see the breath of Alex and the droogs, but when the tramp is speaking, we don't see his breath.
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When Alex is licking the stage man's shoe, it's supposed to be filthy but is visibly clean.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

When Alex jumps out of the window, the camera view gives the impression that we are seeing Alex's view of the onrushing ground. However, he does a flip, winding up with his back pointing to the ground so the camera angle is inconsistent.

Revealing mistakes 

In the final scene in hospital, two large speakers are moved to the foot of Alex's bed. One of the actors slightly bumps the right hand speaker which moves easily, indicating that it is an empty box.
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After Alex tries to kill himself, we see him in the hospital and he appears to have a bathing suit (or gym shorts) tan line.
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See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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