History Trivia / AClockWorkOrange

5th Jul '16 11:20:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* MissingTrailerScene: The trailer contains a scene where Basil the snake leaves Alex's room. This doesn't happen in the film.
5th Jul '16 11:18:22 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DawsonCasting: Creator/MalcolMcDowell was 27 during filming. Though Alex's age is never given, he's still supposed to be attending school in the beginning of the film. According to the DVDCommentary, Michael Tarn, who played Pete, was the only actor of the four Droogs who was still a teenager, being 19 at the time of filming.

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* DawsonCasting: Creator/MalcolMcDowell Creator/MalcolmMcDowell was 27 during filming. Though Alex's age is never given, he's still supposed to be attending school in the beginning of the film. According to the DVDCommentary, Michael Tarn, who played Pete, was the only actor of the four Droogs who was still a teenager, being 19 at the time of filming.
5th Jul '16 11:17:51 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorInspiredElement: When Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, a cricket fan, came in for a costume fitting with his gear, including protective cup, Creator/StanleyKubrick told him to keep them out and incorporate his white shirt and cup into the costume. When McDowell started to dress by putting the jockstrap under his pants, Kubrick told him it would look better over his trousers instead, and the look made it into the final movie.



* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met Malcolm [=McDowell=] at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust, but mostly because Kubrick went cheap, didn't keep his word and never actually payed Kelly for the song.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met Malcolm [=McDowell=] Creator/MalcolmMcDowell at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust, but mostly because Kubrick Creator/StanleyKubrick went cheap, didn't keep his word and never actually payed Kelly for the song.



* CreatorBacklash: The film was the subject of much media hype linking it to violent crimes. After Stanley Kubrick received death threats, along with hearing of the news of two copycat crimes involving the rape of a Dutch girl in the hands of men singing "Singin' in the Rain" and the beating of a 16 year old boy who, while dressed as Alex, beat another boy, he withdrew the film from screening in the UK, even suing arthouse theatres that tried to show it. The ban was only lifted after Kubrick's death.
* DawsonCasting: Malcolm [=McDowell=] was 27 during filming. Though Alex's age is never given, he's still supposed to be attending school in the beginning of the film. According to the DVDCommentary, Michael Tarn, who played Pete, was the only actor of the four Droogs who was still a teenager, being 19 at the time of filming.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Malcolm [=McDowell=] had actually scratched his cornea during filming, and thus the man with the eye drops during the Ludovico Technique was an actual medical practitioner. Malcolm [=McDowell=] developed a lasting hatred for eye-drops from filming this scene. Years later, he had to get surgery on his eyes because the retinas were detaching. He believes the two events are related.

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* CreatorBacklash: The film was the subject of much media hype linking it to violent crimes. After Stanley Kubrick Creator/StanleyKubrick received death threats, along with hearing of the news of two copycat crimes involving the rape of a Dutch girl in the hands of men singing "Singin' in the Rain" and the beating of a 16 year old boy who, while dressed as Alex, beat another boy, he withdrew the film from screening in the UK, even suing arthouse theatres that tried to show it. The ban was only lifted after Kubrick's death.
* DawsonCasting: Malcolm [=McDowell=] Creator/MalcolMcDowell was 27 during filming. Though Alex's age is never given, he's still supposed to be attending school in the beginning of the film. According to the DVDCommentary, Michael Tarn, who played Pete, was the only actor of the four Droogs who was still a teenager, being 19 at the time of filming.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Malcolm [=McDowell=] Creator/MalcolmMcDowell had actually scratched his cornea during filming, and thus the man with the eye drops during the Ludovico Technique was an actual medical practitioner. Malcolm [=McDowell=] McDowell developed a lasting hatred for eye-drops from filming this scene. Years later, he had to get surgery on his eyes because the retinas were detaching. He believes the two events are related.related.
* FatalMethodActing: Averted. It is often claimed that Creator/MalcolmMcDowell nearly drowned when his breathing apparatus failed during filming of the waterboarding scene. This is not true. Daily records indicate that the scene was filmed in repeated takes with no stoppage from equipment failure. McDowell has never reported a near drowning, while he does report many similar close calls in other scenes.



** The scene with Alex dancing while he sings "Singing In The Rain" was the result of Stanley Kubrick finding the scene too conventional and asking actor Malcolm [=McDowell=] to improvise. Interestingly, Kubrick only told [=McDowell=] to try dancing, not singing. [=McDowell=] did, then spontaneously started singing the song. Kubrick liked it so much that, as soon as the take was over, he immediately left the set to secure the rights to the song.
** The scene in which Alex "pops" his mouth open for the minister to feed him is entirely improvised, as Kubrick got incredibly bored filming the scene; Malcolm McDowell then started acting silly to keep the crew's attention focused. Considering it was used in the film, it's probably safe to say it worked.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Different people wanted to adapt A Clockwork Orange before Kubrick. This included one version featuring Alex and his droogs as wealthy old men and another version that would have been used as a vehicle for ''Music/TheRollingStones''.

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** The scene with Alex dancing while he sings "Singing In The Rain" was the result of Stanley Kubrick Creator/StanleyKubrick finding the scene too conventional and asking actor Malcolm [=McDowell=] Creator/MalcolmMcDowell to improvise. Interestingly, Kubrick only told [=McDowell=] to try dancing, not singing. [=McDowell=] did, then spontaneously started singing the song. Kubrick liked it so much that, as soon as the take was over, he immediately left the set to secure the rights to the song.
** The scene in which Alex "pops" his mouth open for the minister to feed him is entirely improvised, as Kubrick got incredibly bored filming the scene; Malcolm McDowell Creator/MalcolmMcDowell then started acting silly to keep the crew's attention focused. Considering it was used in the film, it's probably safe to say it worked.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Different people wanted to adapt A Clockwork Orange the book before Kubrick. This included one version featuring Alex and his droogs as wealthy old men and another version that would have been used as a vehicle for ''Music/TheRollingStones''.
** Creator/TerrySouthern wrote a screenplay when he had Creator/DavidHemmings lined up to play Alex.
** Creator/KenRussell was attached to direct with Creator/OliverReed as Alex.
** Creator/TimCurry and Creator/JeremyIrons turned down the role of Alex.
25th Jun '16 12:07:19 PM omnicritic
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Malcolm [=McDowell=] had actually scratched his cornea during filming, and thus the man with the eye drops during the Ludovico Technique was an actual medical practitioner. Malcolm [=McDowell=] developed a lasting hatred for eye-drops from filming this scene.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: Malcolm [=McDowell=] had actually scratched his cornea during filming, and thus the man with the eye drops during the Ludovico Technique was an actual medical practitioner. Malcolm [=McDowell=] developed a lasting hatred for eye-drops from filming this scene. Years later, he had to get surgery on his eyes because the retinas were detaching. He believes the two events are related.
17th Mar '16 1:41:59 PM HighCrate
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Frank Alexander's bodyguard, Julian, is David Prowse, best known as the man in the [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] suit.
** Deltoid is the [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy captain of the Golgafrincham B Ark]].
9th Oct '15 9:56:42 AM TrollBrutal
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The film is a horrific view of a society crippled by teenage hooligans, but it actually ''inspired'' similar crimes throughout the UK, first during its initial release (enough that Warner Brothers pulled it from theaters in England) and [[http://dangerousminds.net/comments/still_ticking_stanley_kubricks_ban_clockwork_orange then after its DVD release]].
9th Oct '15 9:55:25 AM TrollBrutal
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* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met Malcolm [=McDowell=] at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met Malcolm [=McDowell=] at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust.disgust, but mostly because Kubrick went cheap, didn't keep his word and never actually payed Kelly for the song.
9th Oct '15 9:53:36 AM TrollBrutal
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* CreatorBreakdown: Burgess was paranoid that he was dying of a brain tumor, so he cranked it out in less than a month.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In a reversal of the "Hollywood Ending" stereotype, American publishers insisted that the last chapter (where Alex decides to stop being a criminal and raise a family) be removed to make the novel more depressing.
4th Oct '15 1:25:15 PM stuffedninja
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* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met McDowell at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust.
* BannedInChina: Banned in Ireland, of course. And as noted bellow, [[CreatorBacklash Kubrick himself]] got it banned in the United Kingdom until he died.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met McDowell Malcolm [=McDowell=] at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust.
* BannedInChina: Banned in Ireland, of course. And as noted bellow, below, [[CreatorBacklash Kubrick himself]] got it banned in the United Kingdom until he died.
4th Oct '15 1:24:30 PM stuffedninja
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* ApprovalOfGod: Inverted; Creator/GeneKelly reportedly did not like the film's take on "Singin' on the Rain" so much that when he met McDowell at a party some years later, Kelly turned and walked away in disgust.
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