• Director

    Stanley Kubrick

  • With

    Malcolm McDowell, Patrick McGee, Warren Clarke, Adrienne Corri

  • UK 1971. 136min

  • 35mm. A BFI National Archive print

  • Certificate


Set in a flamboyantly stylised near-future where boisterous gangs of disenfranchised teenagers revel in acts of ‘ultraviolence’, Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel remains an unsettling cinematic experience. The protagonists’ delinquent antics are the jumping-off point for a chilling social satire on psychological conditioning and social control, but Beethoven-loving Alex and his ‘droogs’ became cult antiheroes for a generation when the film was withdrawn from distribution amidst accusations that it had inspired copycat crimes. David Bowie would copy everything from costumes to poster art in his creation of Ziggy Stardust.

Contains graphic images and scenes of sexual violence.

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