A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange


A Clockwork Orange review

Film description

In a Nutshell:

Stanley Kubrick convinces you to feel sorry for a raping, pillaging sociopath.



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


'Ho, ho, ho! Well, if it isn't fat stinking billy goat Billy Boy in poison! How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if ya have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou!'

'For now it was lovely music that came to my aid. There was a window open with the stereo on, and I viddied right at once what to do.'

'Excellent. He's enterprising, aggressive, outgoing, young, bold, vicious. He'll do.'


Alex is an average teenager who spends his free time beating drunken tramps within an inch of their lives, ransacking private residences, and raping women while defacing Gene Kelly classics.

His anti-social paradise comes crashing down when he accidentally murders somebody who had the temerity to defend herself.

While in prison, Alex charms his way into undergoing the Ludovico Technique, a government-approved new therapy that seeks to change the patient into a healthy, law-abiding citizen by showing him a series of violent films and inducing him with mind-altering drugs.

Thus, he is brainwashed into experiencing motion sickness every time he sees or even thinks about a violent act.

The treatment works, the government looks great, and Alex gets out early. But how does the "completely reformed" Alex take to his new life in Britain?

More importantly, how does life in Britain take to him?

Written by: Noah Redfield

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
March 17th 2000
UK Blu-ray release
August 13th 2009
UK Blu-ray release
May 23rd 2011

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