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Clockwork Orange, A
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by Hawkboy

"Bart Simpson dressed up like these guys. Kooky."
4 stars

A good movie, but a completely misunderstood one.

A couple of Halloweens ago, my friend and a few of his chums went out as the guys from this movie. Suspenders, black hats, white boiler-room outfits, the works. I hadn't seen the movie at the time, so I thought, "Hey, cool. Tough guys who beat people up!" So I rented the movie. And the first part was well along those lines. Alex, Pete, Georgie, and Dim (Inspector Dim of the Yard? Sadly, no) go around and beat people up, rape women, steal things, sing songs, etc. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Except for the rape. That's bad. Then Alex gets busted and gets re-conditioned. Thus endeth the fun.
I saw this movie again at a midnight screening about a week ago. At the screening, there were a bunch of goth kids there, dressed up like the characters. What bothers me about all these goth weirdos dressing up in derbys and Marilyn Manson T-shirts is that by and large, the film condemns the lifestyle of Alex and his "droogs". It's like "Trainspotting". It makes that kind of life look like lots of fun, but in the end, it screws your life up. Of course, after that movie came out, we also had a bunch of idiots who thought that heroin looked like lots of fun and tried it. Trainspotting ripped this movie off HUGE. First half; exciting. Second half; No fun.
Don't get me wrong; it's an excellent movie all the way through. But if you're looking for a good role model, Azrael, go see "Velvet Goldmine".

I heard Kubrick wanted to film this with geriatric pensioners as the characters. That woulda been neato.

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originally posted: 12/02/98 11:07:42
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User Comments

8/25/18 Jeannine Cabot The sex scene with the 2 record-shop girls, and the two gang-rape scenes were so hot! 5 stars
2/20/17 morris campbell a classic brutal & brilliant 5 stars
5/11/15 Christian Paulson GREAAT! 5 stars
4/06/15 stanley welles a disturbing yet thought-provoking masterpiece 5 stars
4/03/12 Josie Cotton is a goddess Whenever I hear 'Singing In The Rain' i get a nasty feeling in me gutty-whats 5 stars
6/18/11 jennifer b creepy 1 stars
2/28/11 Seventies child I've seen it several times and still can't understand what I'm supposed to like about it. 2 stars
11/11/10 action movie fan typically arty kubrick metaphor but interesting in spots 3 stars
5/31/10 User Name There is Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, then there is everything else. 5 stars
3/23/10 Logos A superb film. 5 stars
12/12/09 Michael Jay Very good film for its time, a bit over rated at this point though. 4 stars
9/05/09 Black Leather Rain Still McDowell's greatest work, and laid a foundation for an incredible career. Striking. 5 stars
8/19/09 Jeff Wilder Ironic tense and disturbing. Takes more than one viewing to fully appreciate. 4 stars
6/20/09 art GARBAGE! 1 stars
2/19/09 Total Crap Dark. Very dark comedy. Kubrick uses all his famous camera techs in this one. Great! 5 stars
1/27/09 Jon One of my faves very stylized it is a talky film and can be slow but is still great. 5 stars
11/04/08 David One of the greatest films ever, brilliant and darkly comic 5 stars
7/18/08 sebastian Brilliant,twisted black comedy.... 5 stars
7/05/08 Jason Strickland Disturbingly phenomenal film 5 stars
1/24/08 section245 Great bolshy yarblockos my brothers and only friends, this was real horrowshow! 5 stars
11/11/07 Taz Loved it. Thought he didn't do bad by Burgess. 4 stars
10/26/07 Dexter This is Stanley Kubrick's best movie. 5 stars
5/18/07 fools♫gold Hell, a bit better than "Dr. Strangelove" (though I'll change my opinion on that later). 5 stars
5/09/07 Nic personally the cinematogrphy in this film is beyond amazing and Kubrick desrves a medal 5 stars
3/20/07 James Dunn Viddy Well, oh my brothers, or I'll kick you in the Yarbles. If you have any Yarbles! 5 stars
3/15/07 David Cohen One of the few social commentaries that actually became more relavent over time 5 stars
2/18/07 dmitry Kubrick's worst film 2 stars
2/16/07 Tom Fantastic movie. I just met someone who never seen it... 5 stars
2/16/07 G Sherfy Takes multiple viewings to appreciate; at least for me. One of my favorites. 5 stars
2/16/07 cart00n Brilliant book, brilliant movie. A perfect companion piece to "Dr. Strangelove". 5 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini boring, dull, etc. 1 stars
10/16/06 Isaac Baranoff Great, great, great. Stanley Kubrick at his best. 5 stars
9/25/06 Aleksandar (www.psmovies.co.sr) Extraordinary. Uniquelly effective dark expressionistic satire 5 stars
5/22/06 Nikki this is my fav movie of all time- its a master piece 5 stars
2/11/06 Maz My favourite film ever 5 stars
11/20/05 John Dog Disturbing, yet brilliant. 5 stars
8/20/05 Randy This was one of the greatest movies i have ever seen. 5 stars
8/05/05 Pierre If you hate this, you're crazy! 5 stars
7/30/05 yuko just, oh my god!! 5 stars
7/09/05 DM Malcolm McDowell is awesome. One of Kubrick's best. 5 stars
6/03/05 Pinkline Jones Lowest budget Appalling Kebab Chute Sludge 1 stars
3/17/05 indrid cold Easy to see why it was so shocking at the time, but nothing too special in the MTV era. 4 stars
2/13/05 H.P. Lovecraft simply the best. 5 stars
12/26/04 mjoc One of Kubrick's best. Compelling from start to finish. 5 stars
12/09/04 Yargot It makes me cream my pants everytime 5 stars
11/08/04 SUSAN GREGG Universally and timelessly relevant; Brilliantly wrought; Psychologically troubling . . . 5 stars
11/07/04 Dave Fuk u paranoid american u eat dick, muther fuker, this movie rules 5 stars
11/06/04 One more paranoid American Free will is overrated, artsy-fartsy crap. 1 stars
11/04/04 psycho black dwarf The fear-mongering culture that censored such works as CWO has stolen American politics. 5 stars
10/29/04 ELI Most fucked up movie ever! :) 5 stars
10/13/04 lewis Kubrick is a genius, McDowells best-"and I'll scrap any time you say" great film 5 stars
8/13/04 M™ Josť this film it's great 5 stars
7/20/04 J Ray A singular film - One of a kind 5 stars
5/21/04 Elena Nothing has ever rivaled the unique boldness of this film 5 stars
2/17/04 Daveman One wouldn't expect much less from Kubrick. Another masterpiece. 5 stars
2/13/04 Nixon good movie, just beyond FUCKED UP.... but it is good 4 stars
1/14/04 sixdoublefivethreetwoone When the Funeral March begins at the Korova and Alex starts to look the cam... MASTERPIECE 5 stars
1/05/04 cwlg420 Everyone must see this! 5 stars
12/03/03 illeana alex is hot and i'm a naughty devotchka i loved it! 5 stars
11/28/03 john the first thirty minutes a perfect cinema and unforgettable - the rest is pretty good too 5 stars
11/25/03 Steffen S Great movie! One of mye favorites. 5 stars
11/18/03 Michael Knowles great film 5 stars
11/02/03 Chickenfriedjeezus During the Ludovic treatment, Alex looks like christ with his crown of electrodes 5 stars
9/11/03 Ronny S This has got to be the most overrated movie ever. Piece of crap 2 stars
8/13/03 Max All-time classic, still powerful. Hey Mulcahey, it's Beethoven not Mozart. Duh!!! 5 stars
6/22/03 cochese I'm supposed to think this film is great, but I cant and I wont. And you cant make me. 3 stars
5/20/03 Ryan F. Profound.but feels like Kubrick put out something for sick boys to masturbate to. 3 stars
4/28/03 Gilles Villeneuve The dogs bollocks (excellent) 5 stars
4/01/03 Gray disturbing with a semi downer ending I did like what the priest had to say+was well filmed 4 stars
3/21/03 Jack Sommersby Grotesquely campy supporting characters & heavy-handed direction flatten out ironies. 2 stars
3/12/03 Apathy The opening scene is brilliant. Oh, and the rest of the movie is swell too. 5 stars
3/11/03 Estevan Lapena A landmark in cinematic history. 5 stars
3/10/03 beehotch HOW IS THIS SCHLOCK, BITCH? 5 stars
3/04/03 caligula '' oh? and what's so stinking about it?"- what indeed, pinkline jones. CLASSIC film. 5 stars
1/30/03 Pinkline Jones 100% Shlock - woeful story, Coma-inducing, Dated and Forgettable 1 stars
1/26/03 Bill the English Welliwell droogs, this movie is horrorshow 5 stars
1/25/03 Nicole Honestly, I find this movie completely disturbing.....but good 5 stars
12/24/02 Film Dude My favorite film 5 stars
12/15/02 Petr The best film I have ever seen! 5 stars
10/09/02 Steph Thought provoking. Just hope no sacrilegious bastard director tries to do a remake. 5 stars
9/29/02 Morally Sound One of Kubrick's best, my Droogs. 5 stars
9/28/02 karried. Yum yum! 5 stars
9/21/02 y2mckay I think you mean "or", not "of", you illiterate fuck! :-) 5 stars
9/18/02 Noneofyour Reviewer is either autistic of brain damaged pothead 5 stars
8/25/02 Turkish like all of kubricks other films, out fucking standing 5 stars
8/13/02 conman One of the greatest films of all time. 5 stars
7/26/02 Kyle Thought provoking. Genius. 5 stars
7/10/02 .Choadushouse. Pure genius. Malcolm MacDowell is incredible. The ending leaves me hanging...I want more! 5 stars
6/24/02 Brian genuinely twisted 5 stars
6/24/02 Charles Tatum Kubrick is finally able to get INTENSE 5 stars
6/17/02 Thomas Spaulding Great to viddy with a glass of knivy moloko. 5 stars
6/05/02 Rastabub One of the greatest sci-fi films ever made 5 stars
5/26/02 Nicole A strange & twisted little movie about "healing" the criminal mind. 5 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 Hello. My name is Malcolm McDowell. I will destroy your whole life. Great fastforward sex.. 4 stars
4/22/02 asli wunderbar! 5 stars
2/20/02 luda hoe disturbing and good, or disturbingly good 5 stars
1/24/02 Andrew Carden Excellent Movie. I Was Engaged Throughout. 5 stars
12/30/01 sarafina This movie made me want a bowler and fake eyelashes 4 stars
12/11/01 slappy jacks fuck need i fucking say a fucking thing!? FUCKING FUUUUUCK! 5 stars
10/17/01 officer412/l kubrick is god 5 stars
8/08/01 E-Funk Disturbing. Sick. Hilarious. Inspired...Kubrick anyone? 5 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat I liked it because it had lots of vaginas and tits and penises and testicles an' stuff. 5 stars
7/21/01 gus good stuff 5 stars
7/20/01 Gus I haven't actually seen it... - i'll just join the crowd 5 stars
6/26/01 T_RatV Great film, Book is a little better with the final chapter, but great film 5 stars
6/14/01 zombie =] 5 stars
6/02/01 I love movies I'm sorry I just couldn't sympathize with that piece of shit in the second half 3 stars
5/31/01 Erik North Classic Kubrick--controversial, pointed, and disturbing as ever 5 stars
5/20/01 shoudell@spininternet.com an unforgetable movie, one of the best of all time 5 stars
4/29/01 junky read the book 5 stars
4/26/01 Dom Corleone profoundly prophetic 5 stars
4/07/01 R.W. Welch Has a certain eerie fascination about it, a true original. 5 stars
4/04/01 Hawkeye What can you say? Both the book and the film are real horrorshow. 5 stars
3/04/01 Avenger Girl Still relevant to today's society, even tho it was made nearly 3 decades ago. AWESOME 5 stars
2/20/01 Scott What lovingly brutal comment of the effects of society on individuals. 5 stars
2/15/01 LOOBER Dark,diturbing,shocki... And a meaning 5 stars
2/14/01 Michael Nicholls Nearfutureoverrunbyjunivildelinquintsandsadiisticstatepoliceman 5 stars
1/28/01 Soggy Bottom Boy As relevant today as when it was made, this is a disturbing yet thought-provoking classic. 5 stars
1/21/01 jmr 2 stars 2 stars
11/13/00 bruno one of my favorites 5 stars
11/03/00 supervegeta83 ABSOLUTELY the BEST movie EVER!! 5 stars
11/01/00 JOHNNY alot of fun... witha lot of menaing 5 stars
10/27/00 Emily Collar Dark, twisted, seedy and deeply disturbing no wonder it was taken from our shelves! 4 stars
10/22/00 Viking Still has the ability to shock !!! 5 stars
10/18/00 veronica weird and twisted 4 stars
5/08/00 Shae W Great Movie. Scare your friends. 5 stars
5/02/00 Steve Layne Either this movie is overrated or Its too smart for me. 2 stars
4/23/00 Ryan Classic... 5 stars
4/12/00 the Grinch The perfect complement to the Burgess book... 5 stars
4/02/00 perverted pixie McDowell is the PERFECT Alex!! However the book is still more disturbing. 5 stars
3/25/00 Skye Chapman greatness 5 stars
3/22/00 ria Gawd i love this movie, almost as good as the book! 5 stars
3/19/00 Franky Chopstick First hour: Brilliant, Second hour: good satire but too long!!! 4 stars
3/18/00 Richard Wright A cautionary tale of tolerance and justice Brilliantly directed and superbly performed. 5 stars
1/23/00 Casey Jarzabek THE BEST OF THE BEST 5 stars
1/09/00 unstrung bizzare, unorthodox and repulsive... and yet all too familiar 5 stars
1/08/00 John Markham The book is rubbish and this is worse. 1 stars
12/16/99 Rachel intense, bizarre, thought-provoking, and very, very funny in parts 5 stars
11/28/99 Nieshia Wynn I liked the movie and it teaches viewers about our environment and the future 5 stars
11/22/99 Ralf Behet One of Kubrick's best. Great use of Ludwig van's music. 5 stars
11/18/99 Tyson Stewart It gets better every time you see it! Extraordinary performances! 5 stars
11/11/99 Matthew Smith A great film, techincally brilliant, confronting and hilarious. 5 stars
10/24/99 russ an awesome movie, one of Kubrick's best 5 stars
10/18/99 Sean Lahiff Bravo, real horror show it was, thought it was grand, Ciao my little droogies. 5 stars
8/17/99 Bobby Radisky Real Horrorshow 5 stars
8/10/99 Japtalian Watch it. If you don't understand, watch again brother. 5 stars
8/02/99 Physh "Rather....um....interesting look into the mind of a British rapist." 5 stars
7/26/99 Betty Boop Perfect. 5 stars
7/26/99 Zaw Oo Fucking Asome Movie! 5 stars
7/19/99 the movie pimp Many people like the film because of the nudity and violence but it has a major point. 5 stars
7/15/99 GothamDK Must have shocked the hell out of people of 1972. Brutal and charged. Kubrick classic. 4 stars
7/03/99 J-Dogg Luv this flick. High on my Top 10 list. Took numerous viewings to warm up to it, though. 5 stars
6/14/99 Dylan Didnt rate it. Read the book instead, its far superior. 3 stars
6/08/99 PurityJustBegs No one will ever take the place of Stanley...yet another brilliantly savage satire..Malcom! 5 stars
6/07/99 Elizaveta Forget all the fuss and hype - it should not take away from this incredible film! 5 stars
4/05/99 Michael Grimm interesting 4 stars
3/06/99 davebo Great film, a cult classic, my favorite Kubrick movie 5 stars
3/04/99 little jerry The one that confirmed Kubrick as The Iceman of Film.Wear your winter clothing. 5 stars
2/15/99 Uncle Roy Kickback with some Moloko sythemesc and dresmec and get the in out in out 5 stars
12/05/98 tj best movie ever, seriously 5 stars
12/03/98 Matthew J. Soucy Rated X in 1971. The film is one of Kubrick's finest - with a haunting soundtrack. 5 stars
11/27/98 J-Guy would have been better had people not built it up as the be all end of film. 4 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink Satire that was and still is ahead of it's time. TERRIFIC! 5 stars
11/27/98 Lord Of The Dunce I'll go on record as saying I don't get what all the fuss was about. 3 stars
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