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A Clockwork Orange
Year:
1971
Country:
USA, UK
Genre:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
IMDB rating:
8.4
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Patrick Magee as Mr Alexander
Michael Bates as Chief Guard
John Clive as Stage Actor
Adrienne Corri as Mrs. Alexander
Carl Duering as Dr. Brodsky
Paul Farrell as Tramp
Clive Francis as Lodger
Michael Gover as Prison Governor
Miriam Karlin as Catlady
James Marcus as Georgie
Aubrey Morris as Deltoid
Godfrey Quigley as Prison Chaplain
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 programed 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.
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Reviews
2nd most poetic and artistic
Aside from Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", A Clockwork Orange is probably the most poetic and artistic movie ever made. From it's haunting and downright frightening first shot of Alex's face (with his perfectly constructed wardrobe and one fake eyelash, an idea nothing short of genius), to the dialogue (consisting mainly of Nasdat, a language similar to english though certain terms are used in replacement of our terms. Example: Good=Horrorshow, In-Out, In-Out=Sex), to the ultra-modern houses that Alex and his droogs raid, to the ironic and disturbing idea of having Alex sing "Singing In The Rain" while shamelessly raping a middle-aged woman, to the fish eye lens shots Kubrick uses to capture imagery, to the contraption that forces Alex to watch the ludivico video, and finally to the overall question of the entire movie: What is it better for a man to be--naturally evil or mechanically enforced good? Alex has a chance to experience them both.

Now to the plot: Alex (Malcolm McDowell)is a disturbed youth who spends his days faking sick from school so he and his droogs (friends) can drink milk-plus at a bar or go out for "a little of the ultra-violence" It is kind of like a gang of theirs, which Alex leads, consisting of 4 members. They wear the same costumes, fight other gangs, beat up homeless drunks, rape innocent women and sometimes kill them, and try to run cars off the road. Alex is obsessed with Beethoven, who he refers to as "Ludwig Van". He associates Beethoven with sexual violence. After he angers his droogs and puts down a potential mutiny through (what else?) violence, they decide to double cross him by knocking him out after he kills a woman, leaving him for the police. He hates it in prison, but he manages to humour the religious head there by pretending to be interested in the bible (all he really cares about in the bible are the sexual and violent parts, which he imagines himself in). Through gaining the religious head's favor, he is allowed to get off early for his crimes, on one condition--he undergoes the "Ludovico Treatment": a treatment supposed to cure the need for violence. The treatment consists of holding Alex in a chair, putting him in a straitjacket, forcing his eyelids to stay open by putting hooks under his eyes, keeping his head stationary, and thereby forcing him to watch the video that they display: A video of sexual violence with a soundtrack of bastardized Beethoven music. Alex is absolutely shellshocked at the sights and sounds of this video. After he watches it, you see him on a stage crouching down. A topless woman walks onto the stage. He reaches for her breasts. Before his hands can get there, he crumples over and starts gagging. Whenever Alex now thinks a violent thought, he becomes unbearably sick. Then he goes back into the everyday world, where the tables are turned on him in almost every way.... Malcolm McDowell's performance perhaps ranks among the 10 best ever given. His brave portrayal of an absolutely monstrous teen is so frighteningly believable that the mere sight of him is scary. The music is appropriately moody, as it is in all Kubrick movies. The art direction is flawless, as is the cinematography. This is the most Kubrickesque of all his films, and probably his best overall. The surreal atmosphere is disturbingly relevant, though perhaps not at first glance. This movie deserved oscars for best picture, best actor, best director, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best art direction, best costume design, and best sound. IT GOT NONE OF THEM!!! It was nominated for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, and best editing. What did it lose to in all 4 categories? THE FRENCH CONNECTION!!! The two movies are completely incomparable--The French Connection seems so shallow compared to A Clockwork Orange. It's losing to The French Connection ranks among the top 5 mishaps of the oscars: the other 4 being Citizen Kane losing to How Green Was My Valley, an unnominated Vertigo losing to GIGI?!?!, Goodfellas losing to Dances With Wolves, and Pulp Fiction losing to Forrest Gump (Honorable mention goes to an unnominated Usual Suspects losing to the poorly acted Braveheart). In retrospect, one wonders how any of them could've happened, but they did. Somehow. See A Clockwork Orange. And if you're one who says it is nothing but "sexual, ugly rubbish," you probably (not definitely) should be forced to be placed in a contraption not unlike the one Alex was forced into, and be forced to watch the movie over and over until you realize the true wonder of cinema that it is.
2000-07-14
Yuck
OK, so we all know it was bad. Violence for violence sake. Some folks bathe themselves in it. Some think themselves highly elite to watch rape and call it art. It's a poignant "social commentary on the state of affairs in America"..."a cinematic masterpiece". Please! Call it what it is: Awful, nonsensical, disgusting, gross, low-browed, unintelligent entertainment for the very weakest of minds in our society.

They will call us dumb for not understanding the greatness of this film. I for one will wear that like a badge of honor.

Kubrick seriously dropped the ball with this one.
2009-11-30
Painful mess
In my opinion, this movie is a painful mess and has wasted my time.

But I am unlike most people, I don't see the point in a lot of mainstream things. For example I dislike football as it over glorifies aggression and division. I don't like drama TV series as they just suck you dry and fill you with anxiety. Basically I don't enjoy things that suck my intellect and compassion.

So if you have already had all your intellect and compassion sucked out of you by this aggressive insensitive world, like most people, you will be tricked into thinking this movie has something clever to offer as it merely harmonizes with the dark insecure feelings you already own.

I also dislike how the scenes in this movie are so abstract in order to shock you but then leave you questioning the meaning, good movies should leave you with a strong message, or a powerful sensation of mystery... unlike the dull confusion this film left me with.
2013-04-06
Crash course
Hey, droogs, when you're trying to wrap your yahzick around bolshy great words like "malenky" and "malchick" without spilling too much red, red kroovy from a burst blood vessel, guess what, that's Russian you're speaking. Just when you were enjoying all that ultraviolence, real horrorshow, and the old in-out, you were really hitting the books. Subversive, isn't it?

The current Penguin edition of Anthony Burgess's novel now makes it clear that your humble narrator's arresting way of speaking is actually Russian (right down to "horrorshow"), but in olden times you had to figure that out for yourself, assuming that you ever did.

"Clockwork" may well be a director's Meisterwerk, a stylistic pièce de résistance, but it is at least partially a succès de scandale. I still feel that Kubrick was irresponsible not to include the final chapter of Burgess's novel. Perhaps the film would not still be banned in the Mother Country if he had. It may well have required someone of Kubrick's ingenuity to handle the abrupt change in mood at that point -- assuming that he had shot the ending straight without putting his own ironic twist on it, which is doubtful. And of course this paragraph is predicated on a fairly literal reading of Burgess, but Burgess edited Joyce, so perhaps Burgess should never be taken at face value either.

For all its brilliance, the film needs to be taken cum grano salis. Investigate the book, and draw your own conclusions. (You will even find the explanation for the film's title there.)

Afterthought, since reviewing the other comments: When I first saw this film 20 years or so ago, it was unspeakably violent and physically repellent to watch. This was before the modern wave of crime and horror films. "Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Wild Bunch" may have opened the floodgates for cinematic violence, but "A Clockwork Orange" was in an entire other class. It disturbs me that I can now watch this film without revulsion, and that's not due to overexposure to the film itself which I've only seen a couple of times, but rather to mass culture as a whole.
1998-11-29
Worst movie ever
If you who read this are one of those who hated this movie, I really feel your pain. If you are one of those who thinks this is a masterpiece, then you don't know what a good movie is. I have never seen a movie this bad ever in my entire life. The actors are really, really bad - and even though the main character plays a villain, he seems more like a sissy retarded wimp. All I can remember from this so called "movie" is pain... I suffered through it all the time. I would rather get whipped 100 times than watch this horrible piece of s**t ever again. People ONLY love it because of it's satire of society, which makes no sense. For someone who knows how you actually make a movie, this is a joke. I can actually tell you about the ONLY time I watched it - it was when I was studying the art of film making. In class, the teacher told us we should watch it. Afterwards, our teacher said she actually likes the movie (like most people unfortunately do), but still, she told us this is NOT HOW YOU MAKE A MOVIE. That says it all. And just for the record - this is the only movie that have actually managed to make me feel like a brainless weirdo who should go and bite my hands off, while I dance like a idiot.
2009-07-12
A disappointment in the world of cinema.
I personally thought the film was not good at all, yes it was standard Kubrick, however I don't see how he became so famous. This film had a truly terrible storyline and the acting was dreadful. This film had no real highlights and when it offered them it made them to over the top and just really stupid. Malcolm was not frightening in any way, nor was this film. The direction of this film should have at least got somebody with talent when he chose the lead for this film. But quite frankly it would have been an insult to anybody to even offer them this part. What a truly disappointing experience of cinematic viewing. A true waste of two hours and seventeen minutes. This film is in the same league as Pulp Fiction, The Black Dahlia and The Last House on the Left, just a waste of time.
2008-09-05
what a disappointment....
I just saw this film for the first time about an hour ago, and I really didn't think Alex was cool. In fact not at all. He seemed intelligent but like most psychopath's that really doesn't say much. I really dug the soundtrack and the point Kubrick was making on violence. I also thought it had to do with the media and how his parents just believed more in the papers than in their own son. It struck a chord with a lot of social issues that are still problems to this day, but it could have been shorter and have illustrated the same points. I also found some scenes to be really bland, almost like eyes wide shut. As usual it seems like people hyped up this movie to be the end all be all of all films when in reality I'd give it a 6 out of 10. six because it really left this impact with me, you can just tell the picture had this magnitude of power behind it (some scenes are really jarring)....but with richer dialogue and a shorter storyline, I would've been more satisified.
2006-01-24
A controversial and offensive masterpiece.
Anyone looking to watch A Clockwork Orange might be wanting to revisit some of Stanley Kubrik's work and might be interested in studying this film. Those who have already seen this film tend to already have strong opinions regarding this dark sci-fi movie but for me, I approached this film recently to obtain an opinion for myself and study one of the great masters of cinema.

The fact that this film was regarded as one of the most controversial films ever made (rightfully so) sparked genuine curiosity to give this flick a full viewing and while I have large issues with the film, the experience as a whole was both satisfying and a learning experience.

This story centers on "Alex" our main protagonist and his gang of hoodlums set in a not so distant, dystopian Great Britain. The beginning portion unfolds Alex's dark and twisted soul as we watch him and his gang fight, rape, and kill. When he's eventually caught, he undergoes controversial "treatment" to be cured of his dark soul.

I first appreciated the inmate concepts of this story and the type of questions the story attempted to raise to the audience. Furthermore, much of the psychological ideologies surrounding freedom, choice, good vs evil, and selfishness were extremely thought-provoking. It had a way of making me feel self-exploratory despite the character's complete inability to relate with (hopefully) any viewer.

Performances were top notch; especially from the lead: Malcom McDowell. His performance felt so authentic there's never a single moment that feels fake or forced with his dark character. As always, Stanley Kubrick directs the hell out of this. His commanding and authoritative shooting style is apparent in every frame of the picture and he does a wonderful job at sucking the viewer into this terrible world to the point of enthrallment.

While all these positives make for a great movie-going experience and when Kubrick is at the director's helm not much can go wrong, the film's biggest downfall is indeed its controversy. Disturbing subject matter in this piece is indeed vital to the essence of the story but taking off the gloves when it comes to fighting, rape, and killing (especially the rape) make this so incredibly disturbing that it's difficult to muscle through. I found that A Clockwork Orange was not only offense because of its disturbing content, it was personally offensive in so many ways. Frankly, these extremely rare and offensive movie experiences are not quite the reason I enjoy films in the first place; stories can still be thought-provoking while not morally offend and damage the viewer internally. In addition, a viewer looking to study the work of Stanley Kubrick can still experience some of cinema's greatest and transcendent experiences without feeling like their conscience has blackened.

It's understandable that not everyone feels this way; just as stated before, opinions about this film are all across the board. As time has passed however, A Clockwork Orange has stood out has one of Kubrick's finest and has been adored by die-hard fans so much its fan base has grown over the years.

The best advice to give is to see it for yourself. Much like all other Kubrick films, relying on anyone's opinion won't help one bit. Seeing it and deciding for yourself is the best course of action. That being said, despite it's strong artistic merit, I wouldn't recommend seeing it simply because of the morally offensive and sickening content that most don't appreciate. Overall, it's been the hardest one to review in a long time because it's not a simple: see it or don't see it. There's much more to this picture than that. If you do decide to see it though, be warned and well prepared. If not, that's probably just fine too.
2017-01-31
Worst Hollywood farce ever created!
It should be said that one of the additional causes of my distaste for this movie stems from the blatant lack of regard for the original source material. As such this film is also a Stanley Kubrick film and for some god awful reason people seem to think that his crap is gold.

The film itself was denounced by the author of the book, he was horrified that this was to be the book he would be remembered by. Thus it's being taken from another mans words, so less than 25% of this movie is unoriginal work taken from another and throwing the author into the trash much like he did with Stephen King's the shining and most of his so called symbolism and symmetry isn't anything different than what any film school grad student loves to experiment with. He skips some of the best parts in the book including WHY THE MOVIE IS CALLED CLOCKWORK ORANGE! In fact the story's ending itself is completely destroyed by Stanly reading the American version of the book which has one less chapter that explains the pinnacle point of the entire body of art. The movie itself has become something of controversy by the amount of disturbing material but really it's just plain annoying he completely loses the whole message and symbolism of the violence choosing instead to just suffocate us with this crap. (including choosing to show the titular character getting a cavity search instead of the whole experience of him in jail!) Really that's all the director adds is just more senseless boring innuendo. I'm not going to sit here and explain more since all of you who will read this probably are Kubrick worshipers and think I'm completely wrong. If I could talk to you I would but I can only write a review about it and I don't want to waste words to a deaf audience. If you want to know what I'm talking about than you can pick up the book, the new one with all chapters that is now being sold in the U.S.A. And has an insightful forward about the failure of the movie.

This is the first review I've written and I just had to because of the cult icon and classic this has become and it's pathetic! I can't believe people could think that this movie had anymore validation than crap. Please PLEASE someone remake this film so i can erase this film from my mind, you could do a lot worse as far as remakes have gone.
2014-03-01
Brilliant piece of film making that will burn you.
This was first of all,a damn good movie.But it's very dark,it has portrays scenes of rape,burglary,and a sick twisted murder scene.It follows Alex DeLarge,who thrives for rape,ultra-violence,and Ludwig Van.He and his friends walk the streets terrorising people.In one scene,Alex helps a girl to safety when she is about to be raped.In the next,he rapes a woman in front of her husband.After a while,he is arrested and taken into custody after murdering a woman.He of course,wants to get out of prison.We watch him as he is volunteering for a new drug,one that turns every urge of violence,or sex into sickness.He is completly turned around now,and at the mercy of all his previous victoms.It was a great movie,because it's different.But it is hard to watch at some points.I don't see why it didn't win any Oscars.
2001-06-16
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