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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)
Popularity
408 ( 69)

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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:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the book, "A Clockwork Orange", the two women with whom Alex partakes in a sped-up 28 minute sex scene with are actually said to be no more than 10 years old. See more »

Goofs

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. 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 Cinema Snob: Video Violence (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Country Lane
(uncredited)
Composed by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind
Arranged and Performed by Wendy Carlos on synthesizer
Produced by Rachel Elkind
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User Reviews

 
An empty and unpleasant film.
18 December 2006 | by arnoldlayne_uk1980See all my reviews

People say that this film is somehow amazing. To me it is far more about image and very light on any content. I am all for the freedom to depict unpleasant acts where appropriate and where it has some purpose to it, but I don't see any point to the vast majority of this film. The whole thing seems to be designed to appeal to base instincts through violence and sex without ever making any valid or thought provoking points about either these or any other issue. I realise it is in the top 250 list but personally I feel this film owes more to its notoriety (people thinking it was banned despite the fact it was actually willingly withdrawn by Kubrick in certain countries) than to any real merit in the film. The characters seem to me to have very little real depth and the film is just a series of scenes designed to shock and court controversy. This probably won't be a popular review but I just don't see that this film in itself justifies its position in the polls.


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