A Clockwork Orange


Release Date 1971-12-19
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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 British film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, adapted from Anthony Burgess' 1962 novella of the same name. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian future Britain. Alex, the main character, is a charismatic, sociopathic delinquent whose interests include classical music, rape, and what is termed "ultra-violence". He leads a small gang of thugs, whom he calls his droogs. The film chronicles the horrific crime spree of his gang, his capture, and attempted rehabilitation via controversial psychological conditioning. Alex narrates most of the film in Nadsat, a fractured adolescent slang composed of Slavic, English, and Cockney rhyming slang. A Clockwork Orange features a soundtrack comprising mostly classical music selections and Moog synthesizer compositions by Wendy Carlos. The artwork of the now-iconic poster of A Clockwork Orange was created by Philip Castle with the layout by designer Bill Gold.

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Actors & Characters

Aubrey Morris Aubrey Morris Deltoid Deltoid
Malcolm McDowell Malcolm McDowell Alex Alex
David Prowse David Prowse Julian Julian
Patrick Magee Patrick Magee Mr. Alexander Mr. Alexander
Warren Clarke Warren Clarke Dim Dim
Michael Tarn Michael Tarn Pete Pete
James Marcus James Marcus Georgie Georgie
Michael Bates Michael Bates Chief Guard Chief Guard
Adrienne Corri Adrienne Corri Mrs. Alexander Mrs. Alexander
Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin Catlady Catlady


John Alcott Cinematography
Stanley Kubrick Director
Bill Butler Editor
Wendy Carlos Music
Stanley Kubrick Producer
Stanley Kubrick Writer