With Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Master director Stanley Kubrick didn't just go out and shoot slapdash pictures. His methodical filmmaking talent always had a set purpose and focused outcome. Here he took Anthony Burgess' controversial social commentary on crime and criminal reform, freedom & personal liberties, and the misuse of power and turned it into an historic film which the world in an uproar - a result which had him totally disillusioned with viewers, critics, exhibitors and distributors alike. The tale (with heavy black comedic doses) spins around Alex, a young Beethoven obsessed juvenile delinquent in the future, who with his gang of "droogs" commit crimes of violence wherever they go. Alex is incarcerated for his vicious crimes and subjected to a new controversial experimental method of rehabilitation (with a many drawbacks). Burgess' uniquely created language was also held in tact. Explicit for its time, this was also the film that had a disgusted Kubrick withdraw it from release in many countries whose conservative narrow-minded attitude labeled him as something he wasn't, completely missing the point. The movie also made McDowell a star. The soundtrack is a synthesized classical extravaganza. Beyond a cult classic, this is one of those films you can't afford to miss (like most of the late great Kubrick's films).

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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