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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.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Anthony Burgess (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Alex
Patrick Magee ... Mr. Alexander
Michael Bates ... Chief Guard
Warren Clarke ... Dim
John Clive John Clive ... Stage Actor
Adrienne Corri ... Mrs. Alexander
Carl Duering ... Dr. Brodsky
Paul Farrell Paul Farrell ... Tramp
Clive Francis ... Lodger
Michael Gover Michael Gover ... Prison Governor
Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin ... Catlady
James Marcus James Marcus ... Georgie
Aubrey Morris ... Deltoid
Godfrey Quigley ... Prison Chaplain
Sheila Raynor ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros., Hawk Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (re-issue)| Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Warnercolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Malcolm McDowell was hurt when, after he and Stanley Kubrick had had such a close relationship during filming, Kubrick seemed uninterested in continuing their friendship afterward. McDowell later attributed some of that sentiment to his being a young actor, unfamiliar with the intimacy of the filmmaking process, but admitted that he was very upset by it at the time. McDowell remained friends with Kubrick's wife, Christiane Kubrick, and, while visiting her after Kubrick's death, had a good cry over his grave site. See more »

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Position of the prison governor's hands when he explains about the Ludovico treatment. 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 »

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The Japanese version has every single scene of nudity blurred out. See more »

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Overture to the Sun
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User Reviews

Beethoven, black humour, sex, violence, they don't make 'em like this anymore! A movie milestone that still packs a punch.
20 February 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' is one movie that is talked about more than it is watched, especially in Britain where it was banned for many years. One of the most notorious and controversial movies of the 1970s (a decade which also gave us such notorious and controversial movies as 'Taxi Driver', 'Salo', 'Straw Dogs', 'Last Tango In Paris', 'In The Realm Of The Senses' and 'Last House On The Left') it still packs a punch today. Don't just watch it because of its reputation. watch it because its a damn good movie. Kubrick was on top of his form here, and in my mind it ranks with 'Dr Strangelove' and 'The Killing' as his most successful work. Purists may whine about the changes to Anthony Burgess novel, which is indisputably a modern classic, but I think Kubrick's adaptation is as good as can be expected for the era in which it was made and the constraints of cinema (even now). Malcolm McDowell is superb as Alex, a brilliant performance which he will always be remembered by. In some scenes I was reminded of his Mick from Lindsay Anderson's 'If..'. While the two movies have no real connection it's interesting to compare McDowell's performances. The rest of the cast are also very good, especially Alex's droogs (actors largely unknown outside Britain), and cult favourite Patrick Magee ('Masque Of The Red Death') in a pivotal supporting role. I also got a kick out of Aubrey Morris' Deltoid. Morris is an interesting character most familiar to me for appearing in 'The Wicker Man' and trash classic 'Lifeforce'. 'A Clockwork Orange is a movie milestone that is as great now as it ever was. I have watched in many times and it never fails to deliver. One of the very best movies of the 1970s, which means it is one of the very best movies ever made. Highly recommended viewing.


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