A Clockwork Orange Poster

Release Date: December 19th, 1971

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

R|2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary
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: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, John Clive, Adrienne Corri, Carl Duering, Paul Farrell

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: Science fiction, Drama

Production Co: Hawk Films, Polaris Productions, Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Transformation, Prison, Growing up, Intense, Temptation, Hospital

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It demands thought, compels the attention, and refuses to be dismissed. And, for that reason, A Clockwork Orange must be considered a landmark of modern cinema. show more

  • Kubrick's contributions are his wit and his eye. The wit, too much at times, is as biting as in "Dr. Strangelove," and the production, while of another order, is as spectacular as in "2001." [11 Feb 1972]

  • It is just plain talky and boring. You know there's something wrong with a movie when the last third feels like the last half. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Art Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture