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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Opens on May 2

Director: Stanley Kubrick Run Time: 137 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1971

Starring: Adrienne Corri, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Bates, Patrick Magee, Warren Clarke

Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English

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About the film:

Controversial for its graphic depictions of violence, the thought-provoking dystopian tale was initially given an X rating in the United States and was banned in several countries. The film received four Academy Award nominations and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2020.

Adapted from Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name. In a futuristic welfare state, Alex, a vicious young hoodlum, sleeps all day and spends his nights roaming the city with his droogs (friends), assaulting innocent people in the streets and in their homes. Finally captured by the police, Alex undergoes rehabilitation in the form of aversion therapy as brutal and horrifying as any of his offenses.

“A much-maligned and misunderstood classic, this is one of Kubrick’s finest movies.”

Empire Online

About the filmmaker:

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter and producer, frequently cited as one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history. With his strict control over details and penchant for working from books, he crafted masterpieces in radically different genres, including Spartacus (1960), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

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