-Features disturbing, violent images relating to psychiatry, gangs, and is set in a dystopian, future Britain
Did You Know?
-Anthony Burgess had sold the movie rights to Mick Jagger for $500 when he needed quick cash. Jagger intended to make it with The Rolling Stones as the droogs, but the resold the rights for a much larger amount.
-During the filming of the Ludovico treatment, Malcolm McDowell scratched one of his corneas and was temporarily blinded. He also cracked a couple ribs during the humiliation scene
-1 of only 2 movies with an X rating to get a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards
-Filming the rape scene was so difficult that the actress originally cast quit the part and actress Adrienne Corri was cast.
-Mick Jagger was actually considered for the role of Alex and the rest of The Rolling Stones were to be cast as Alex's 'droogs'
-The car used by Alex and his gang is an Adams Probe 16, only 1 of 3 ever made
-Alexander, Peter, Dimitri were common names of Russian kings and princes and Georgie(Gyorgi) was their patron saint
-Malcolm McDowell's eyes were numbed with anesthesia for the torture scene so he would not be in any pain, but that did not stop the metal lock lids from scratching his corneas.
-The doctor standing over Alex while he is forced to watch violent images is a real doctor who was keeping a close eye on Malcolm to make sure his eyes did not dry up
-In 1973, there were 2 copycat crimes which prompted to have the movie withdrawn from the UK. The first was of the rape of a Dutch girl in Lancashire in 1973 while men sang Singing in the Rain and the beating of a 16 year old boy who had beaten a younger child while wearing the uniform Alex wore: white overalls, black combat boots and a black bowler hat. The 16 year old beat the child with a baseball bat called The Ultra-Violence Stick
-One of the highest grossing movies of 1971
-The character of Alex was supposed to be a 14 year old, but Malcolm McDowell was actually 27 when he played the role.
-In London, Alex DeLarge(Malcolm McDowell) is the leader of his "Droogs", Pete(Michael Tarn), Georgie(James Marcus) and Dim(Warren Clarke), one of the many youth gangs in the broken down future. One night after getting drunk on something they call "milk plus", they engage in an evening of "ultra violence", which includes beating an elderly vagrant(Paul Farrell) and fighting a rival gang led by Billyboy(Richard Connaught). Stealing a car, they all drive to the home of a writer named F. Alexander(Patrick Macgee), where they beat Mr. Alexander to the point of crippling him, and then Alex rapes his wife(Adrienne Corri) while singing Singin' in the Rain
-He wakes up in the hospital, having dreamt about doctors messing around in his head. While being given a series of psychological tests, Alex finds he has no longer an aversion to violence. The Minister of the Interior arrives and apologizes to Alex, letting him know that Mr. Alexander has been put away and offers Alex an important government job. As a sign of goodwill, the Minister brings in a stereo system playing Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Alex realizes that instead of an adverse reaction to music, he sees an image of himself having sex with a woman in front of an approving crowd. He then states "I was cured all right!"
Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge/Narrator
James Marcus as Georgie
Warren Clarke as Dim Corby
Michael Tarn as Pete
Patrick Magee as Mr. Frank Alexander
Adrienne Corri as Mrs. Mary Alexander
Michael Bates as Chief Guard Barnes
John Clive as Stage actor
Carl Duering as Dr. Brodsky
Paul Farrell as Tramp
Billy Russell as Professor attacked by Droogs in Library (scenes deleted)
Richard Connaught as Billyboy, Gang Leader
Clive Francis as Joe the Lodger
Michael Gover as Prison Governor
Miriam Karlin as Miss Weathers, Cat Lady
Aubrey Morris as Mr. P. R. Deltoid
Godfrey Quigley as Prison Chaplain
Sheila Raynor as Mum
Madge Ryan as Dr. Branom
John Savident as Conspirator
Anthony Sharp as Frederick, Minister of the Interior
Philip Stone as Dad
Pauline Taylor as Dr. Taylor, psychiatrist
Margaret Tyzack as Conspirator Rubinstein
Steven Berkoff as Detective Constable Tom
John J. Carney as Detective Sergeant
Lindsay Campbell as Police Inspector
David Prowse as Julian, Mr. Alexander's bodyguard
-The film's central question is the definition of goodness and whether it is logical to use aversion theory to stop immoral behavior.
-Behavior psychology. Showing the rehabilitated Alex being repelled by both sex and violence, the movie suggests that in depriving him of his ability to fend for himself, Alex's moral conditioning has dehumanised him
-The Ludovico treatment has been compared to chemical castration
-The attack on the tramp was filmed at the southern underpass below Wandsworth Bridge roundabout, London
-The Billyboy gang fight occurs at the now destroyed casino on Taggs Island, in Kingston upon Thames
-The record store where Alex picks up the 2 women was in the former Chelsea Drugstore, on King's Road.
-Alex throws Dim and Georgie into a lake at the Thameshead South Housing Estate, London. This is the same place where Alex walks home at night kicking trash
-The house where Alex is caught by the police is Shenley Lodge, in Hertfordshire, at Blackhorse Lane
-Alex is attacked by the vagrants under the north side of the Albert Bridge, in Kensington and Chelsea, London
-The check in at Ludovico Medical Clinic entrance, the brain washing theater, Alex's house lobby with broken elevator, Alex's bedroom and police interrogation room are all at Brunel University
-The Minister's presentation to the media of Alex's cure takes place at the Nettlefold Hall inside West Norwood Library.