Lawrence O'Toole
September 28, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Clockwork Orange

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
127 minutes
performer
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee, James Marcus
director
Stanley Kubrick
Producers
Hawk Films, Polaris Productions, Warner Bros.
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Stanley Kubrick
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an A-

In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is Little Alex, who, with his droogs at the Karvoa Milk Bar, has visions of ”the old in-out” and ”ultraviolence” buzzing in his head like the tunes of his favorite composer, ”Ludwig van.” Alex’s rebellion is total until society reconditions his and turns him into a soulless conformist. Stanley Kubrick’s ”horrorshow” adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel has a wild, cartoonish energy, ripe color design, and a nasty attitude that predated punk by half a decade. A-

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