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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alex
... Mr. Alexander
... Chief Guard
... Dim
John Clive ... Stage Actor
... Mrs. Alexander
... Dr. Brodsky
Paul Farrell ... Tramp
... Lodger
Michael Gover ... Prison Governor
Miriam Karlin ... Catlady
James Marcus ... Georgie
... Deltoid
... Prison Chaplain
... Mum
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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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Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

2 February 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Clockwork Orange  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£618,615 (United Kingdom), 19 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,589,355, 31 December 1973
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Malcolm McDowell claimed that Stanley Kubrick conducted screen tests of actresses for the nude scenes by having them read Shakespeare during screen tests while the camera operator zoomed in for a closeup of their breasts. Kubrick then had prints made of the breast closeups so he could flip through them in his office. However, McDowell claimed that the unintended consequence of this method was that Kubrick realized he could not identify the actresses he wanted. See more »

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Alex knocks on the door of the "cat ladies" house. Later when she is phoning police she says a young man "rang the bell" See more »

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[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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The opening and closing credits are slides with the random colors in the background and the text are only white, instead of the black background. See more »

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Referenced in My Name Is Khan (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Thieving Magpie (Overture)
by Gioachino Rossini
Recorded by Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
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My brief review of the film
3 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

A disturbing but yet very beautiful piece of film-making, Kubrick has created the ultimate study of mind manipulation in this film. It is a protest against reform programs that take away freedom of a choice, and the message of the film in terms of paying for one's sins in all eternity is inescapable, evident to a large extent in the sardonic nature of the tale. Although set in the future, it hardly feels like it is, this being because the message of the film is overwhelmingly powerful and capable of applying to any age. The film has a number of possible hidden meanings to it – a feat equaled on scale only by Kubrick's former film '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Besides for the meaning behind the film, there are still the marks of a masterpiece. Kubrick's direction is superb alongside the good photography, capturing shadows and angles needed to establish tone. The editing is excellent too, done in a flashy, brainwashing style at times to have relevance to the film. The choice of cast is again inspirational, however the film achieves the most in terms of music. Kubrick manages to use one of the earliest forms of art, classical music, and give it an unforgettable style and importance in the film. It is truly a difficult task to explain what is so great about a film such as 'A Clockwork Orange' – it is maybe best explained by watching the film itself.


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