A Clockwork Orange

Trivia: According to actor Malcolm McDowell, director Stanley Kubrick was concerned that the Droog attack on F. Alexander and his wife would become just another dark, cruel and violent scene in a movie that was already full of dark, cruel and violent scenes. Kubrick wanted the Alexander home invasion to stand out as genuinely horrifying, but he was at a creative impasse. After Kubrick shut down production for several days to ponder the problem, he thought of Alex dancing during the attack. Malcolm McDowell suggested dancing (and singing) along to "Singin' in the Rain," as it was the only song to which he knew all the words.

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Trivia: The book that F. Alexander is writing when the droogs burst in and attack his wife is "A Clockwork Orange."

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Trivia: In the scene where Alex approaches the two girls at the record stand you can see the original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Trivia: The movie is actually not the entire story of the book. The US release was published without the final chapter because Burgess' New York publisher thought it was a kill joy and believed US audiences wouldn't like it. Stanley Kubrick decided to write the movie based on the US version, thus leaving out the final chapter.


Trivia: The scene where Alex has sex with the two girls in fast forward wasn't done as an artistic statement, Kubrick just sped the scene up so he could get it past the censors and the MPAA.


Trivia: Stanley Kubrick introduced Basil, Alex's pet snake, only after he discovered that Malcolm MacDowell is terrified of snakes in real life.


Trivia: During the filming of the Ludovico scene, Malcolm McDowell actually had one of his corneas scratched. He states that he didn't realize it until he was leaving the set that night and the anesthetic wore off. He also states that it felt like someone hammered a nail into his eye.

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Trivia: The opening scene for A Clockwork Orange is spoofed in the opening for "Conker's Bad Fur Day" (a game for the Nintendo 64). Both movie and video game have Purcell's "Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary" playing while the camera zooms out, showing both Alex and Conker drinking a glass of milk.


Trivia: Mick Jagger, the lead vocalist of the Rolling Stones, originally owned the rights to adapt the novel into a movie. He would have played Alex, with the other Stones playing his "droogs".

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Trivia: Mr. Alexander's doorbell tone is the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, transposed to a different key.

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Trivia: When Alex and his 'droogs' are driving up to the 'Home Sweet Home' house, in the background you can see a figure running to a tree. It's very dark and hard to see, so it could admittedly be a horse or something; but it is there. [It is a horse, so not a mistake as such. Still worth looking for].

Trivia: The final scene took 74 takes.


Trivia: During filming of the humiliation stage show, Malcolm McDowell suffered a broken rib when another actor kicked him in the chest.

Trivia: Director Stanley Kubrick received death threats because of this film. Although the film wasn't banned, it was difficult to obtain a copy in the United Kingdom for many years.

Visible crew/equipment: In the record store scene, the camera can be seen briefly in the reflection on the wall while it tracks Alex.

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Alex: As we walked along the flatblock marina, I was calm on the outside, but thinking all the time. So now it was to be Georgie the general, saying what we should do and what not to do, and Dim as his mindless greeding bulldog. But suddenly I viddied that thinking was for the gloopy ones and that the oomny ones use, like, inspiration and what Bog sends. For now it was lovely music that came to my aid. There was a window open with the stereo on and I viddied right at once what to do.

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Question: I have a few questions: What was the ultimate fate of Mr. Alexander, the writer? The Minister of Interior mentioned something about incarceration? If so, why was he incarcerated? Was it because of what he did to Alex, or because he was a threat? Also, the Minister mentioned something about him writing subversive literature? What kind of literature? Finally, what exactly did Alex and his droogs do to confine Mr. Alexander to a wheelchair and how exactly did his wife die? Was it pneumonia or circumstances related to her rape?


Chosen answer: Since this is a futuristic police state, it's likely that Mr. Alexander was dealt with the way dissenters are often dealt with in such situations (Execution or lifelong imprisonment.). In the book, he wrote literature protesting the police state. (The phrase "A Clockwork Orange" comes from a pamphlet he wrote.) Alex and his droogs kicked and beat him while they raped his wife. A while later, the doctors told him she'd died of pneumonia, but he thinks the trauma made her give up the will to live.

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