A Clockwork Orange 1971

A Clockwork Orange

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Disturbing and thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange is a cold, dystopian nightmare with a very dark sense of humor.

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In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," while jauntily warbling "Singin' in the Rain." After he's jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims.

Cast & Crew

Patrick Magee
Frank Alexander
Michael Bates
Chief Guard Barnes
John Clive
Stage Actor
Adrienne Corri
Mrs. Alexander
Carl Duering
Dr. Brodsky
Michael Gover
Prison Governor
Anthony Burgess
Writer (Novel)
Si Litvinoff
Executive Producer
Max L. Raab
Executive Producer
Bernard Williams
Associate Producer
Wendy Carlos
Original Music
John Alcott
Cinematographer
Bill Butler
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Critic Reviews for A Clockwork Orange

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  • Apr 18, 2017
    Are there any science fiction/futuristic films that don't have a cynical or dire viewpoint on the world and society as a whole? A Clockwork Orange is a cerebral look into a group of young males venture into ultraviolence and mass crime against the innocent. It's known for its deep themes and moralistic questions that it proposes. Oh, and it's pretty dark and haunting. Although 30 years apart, A Clockwork Orange reminds me a lot of Requiem for a Dream. Both films explore a group of troubled young adults who get their hands far too deep into something dangerous. For Requiem it was drugs, Clockwork it was violence. Both films also do a nice job at miraculously making criminals likable, or at least people who you can have sympathy for. Most of all, both films are thought provoking pieces of art, but something that I never want to re-watch. Clockwork particularly follows Alex DeLarge, a delinquent who takes a lot of joy out of committing crime. But his heinous crimes of rape and murder finally catch up to him and he's sent to jail, where an offer to rehabilitate and set him free catches his eye (pun intended). Before I get into the meat of what this film deals with, it's worth talking about Stanley Kubrick for a second. He's directed some of the most famous, and usually divisive, films of the 20th century. All visually stunning, thought provoking, and graphic in detail. A Clockwork Orange is all of those things, but there's no particular moment that I want to revisit, and perhaps that was Kubrick's intent. Perhaps, he wanted the audience to always feel uneasy and on the edge of their seat. Perhaps, Kubrick wanted us to go through a similar treatment to what Alex underwent. The Ludovico technique. Kubrick has a knack for producing imagery that will never leave your mind. Just as I'll never look at hotel rooms the same after The Shining, or A.I. after 2001, I don't think I'll ever be able to erase the image of Alex brutally raping and murdering a woman while singing 'Singin' in the Rain'. Shocking, disturbing, you name it. That was an extremely powerful scene. That pretty much goes for the whole film as well. Malcom McDowell provides an engrossing and charismatic turn as Alex. I'm sure it's incredibly difficult to make this character someone who you actually root against and then subsequently root for, but he does it. And that's not even mentioning the difficult physicality of this role. Overall, A Clockwork Orange is a film filled with deep and dark themes that will stick with you long after you see them. Great performances and great directing from Kubrick power the film through what should be purely exploitative, into something influential. +McDowell's impressive performance physically and emotionally +Thought provoking +Haunting imagery -Difficult to imagine myself ever revisiting it 8.0/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2016
    As you may have guessed from my profile picture, i am a huge fan of A Clockwork Orange. Yes it is quite violent and will not be everyones cup of tea. But this is a piece of cinematic genius by Kubrick. A very unusual film, darkly funny with a great score. An amazing book to film adaptation as well.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2015
    The most controversial film I've ever seen!!!
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2015
    Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novella lives up to the term "controversial". Violent, explicit & troubling to say the least. It's ruthless tone and insightful portrayal of its dystopian-landscape & devious antagonist makes A Clockwork Orange cult-like and iconic. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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