A Clockwork Orange

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A Clockwork Orange
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Genre: Crime
Photography: Color
Running Time: 136 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 19, 1971 (New York City)
February 2, 1972
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Malcolm McDowell
Patrick Magee
Adrienne Corri
Miriam Karlin

A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 British-American dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel of the same name.


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.

Why It Rocks

  1. Nicely-done performances, especially from Malcom McDowell as Alex DeLarge.
  2. Excellent cinematography.
  3. Interesting, well-developed characters.
  4. Memorable moments, such as the orgy scene while The Lone Ranger theme song plays in the background and Alex’s eye-torture scene.
  5. While not 100% loyal to Anthony Burgess’s novel of the same name, it happens to be loyal to the book from time to time.
  6. The fight scenes are very entertaining and intense.
  7. A few relatable references here and there.
  8. Really nice costume designs with Alex and his gang.
  9. Over-the-top moments with Alex and his gang that come off as extremely hilarious and unforgettable.
  10. The poster is well drawn.

Bad Qualities

  1. Anthony Burgess (the author of the book the film was based on) hated the film because it wasn’t fully loyal to his novel.
  2. It can get very sexual at times, making it feel more like a pornographic film.
  3. Not for the easily offended or disturbed due to some horrific imagery or cruel themes added in.
  4. It caused a lot of controversy and was even banned for a short while. It was banned in Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom.


A Clockwork Orange was a hit with American audiences, grossing more than $26 million on a conservative budget of $2.2 million, was critically acclaimed, and was nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture (losing to The French Connection). As of 22 March 2018, A Clockwork Orange holds a 89% "Certified Fresh" rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 55 reviews with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critical consensus states: "Disturbing and thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange is a cold, dystopian nightmare with a very dark sense of humor."

The movie was the most popular film of 1972 in France with 7,611,745 admissions.