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The Daily Movie Quote: A Clockwork Orange

Updated on September 8, 2010
The Lads of Clockwork Orange
The Lads of Clockwork Orange

"Ho, ho, ho! Well, if it isn't fat stinking billy goat Billy Boy in poison! How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if ya have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou!" - Alex, A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Warner Brothers Pictures, Rated R, 136 minutes.

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick


Malcolm McDowell - Alex

Partick Magee - Mr. Alexander

Michael Bates - Chief Guard

Warren Clarke - Dim

Paul Farrell - Tramp

Clive Francis - Lodger

Adrienne Corri - Mrs. Alexander

Domestic Box Office Gross: $26,589,355

Synopsis: A not so distant futuristic Briton. Gangs run the night beating, murdering and raping the innocent. When a gang leader, Alex, is arrested and sentenced to prison he is treated to an experimental program that makes any form of violence a sickening experience.

Fact: Because of Malcolm McDowell's fear of reptiles, Stanley Kubrick brought in the snake Basil.

Trivia: Malcolm McDowell was 27 years old when he filmed A Clockwork Orange. Alex, the part he played, was supposed to be 15.

Movie Mistake: During the Cat Lady and Alex fight scene, the cats are conspicuously absent but the camera mans shadow is not.

My Take: I was in college when I first saw this film which, I would imagine, is where most people view it for the first time. The film is just as shocking now as it was when it was released. A Clockwork Orange is my favorite Kubrick film because it's still unlike any other film out there forty years later.

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    • Skaditch profile image

      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      That's a great point Andy. I think there's a lot of movies that could never be made today that weren't considered a big deal back then.

    • Andy Webb profile image

      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      Shocking and surreal is the best way to describe it. But you are right, 40 years on and there has been nothing which comes close to "A Clockwork Orange" and I don't think we will see anything ever come close to it, I just can't see a studio willingly backing another movie which is so disturbing on many levels.