A Clockwork Orange
The Ludovico treatment didn't work.Alex knows the treatment doesn't work, and was pretending to be sick to get out of prison at the demonstration. He then pretended to be sick whenever it suited him. An example is when he playfully "punches" his father and then flat out intimidates him, but only gets sick when it looks like he'll have to fight the athletic-appearing lodger. His getting "beat up" by the homeless is an attempt to shame his parents into bringing him back, until Dim and (Billyboy/George) find him and rough him up. His attempt to "snuff it" is him retconning jumping out of the window of a place he had never been to and filled with people who wanted him dead.
The wine was not poisoned.It was the spaghetti that the writer poisoned.
Every character in all fiction is in all universes: Alex is...The Joker. Yes, Joker. Murder, rape, insanity. Sounds good to me.
A Clockwork Orange takes place in the Prole Sector of Airstrip One, in an Alternate Continuity of 1984.The difference is that, since Alex is a prole, he is prosecuted by the prole's more lenient justice system rather than the Ministry of Love, since "Only the Proles and the animals are free."
Alex will eventually become Norman Stansfield in The Professional.Both of them have a pronounced love of drugs, violence and classical music; if you listen carefully, you can hear Norman's accent slipping into a distinctive English one (though that's also due to Gary Oldman's performance). At the end of the original novel, Alex ends up in a high-paying job as compensation for his treatment. However, at some point between Clockwork Orange and Leon, his crimes become too serious for the government to tolerate; Alex only just avoids being arrested. He changes his name, his face, and his accent, and immigrates to America. There, he eventually manages to become a DEA agent and, after ingratiating himself with local crime syndicates, finds a new high in those mysterious yellow and green pills, accompanied by fits of shotgun-wielding ultraviolence against shifty drug holders.
The story takes place in the Firefly universe.The book's use of Russian as the basis for slang was possibly meant to suggest the new influence of Eastern (communist) culture, as does the use of Chinese slang in Firefly. Alex's world is a terraformed planet made to resemble London (albeit with fashions and such of the future.) Alex was an early victim of the Alliance experiments done on River, though they were not yet quite as horrific; the same brutality was used to change personality - first of a sadistic boy into a harmless one, and later an innocent girl into a crazed killer. Alex himself grew up to be 'psychotic lowlife' Badger. He kept his bowler hat.
Alex grows up to be V in V for Vendetta.By the time Alex is an adult, Norsefire has arisen, replacing the British government of Alex's youth (the 1970's, as imagined from 1962). Alex develops a political conscience. After being sent to the Larkhill Resettlement Camp by the Party, Alex's old files from the Staja are discovered, and he is subjected to Delia Surridge's experiments. After Larkhill, Alex dons a Guy Fawkes mask and becomes the professional anarchist with his reservoir of horrorshow ultraviolence. Again, extremely violent, with a penchant for sophisticated tastes in music and culture. He loses the nadsat, but compensates by taking up the mannerisms of a literature professor while fighting corruption.
A Clockwork Orange takes place a few years after V for Vendetta.The chaotic, crime-ridden London is the result of everyone taking advantage of the fall of Norsefire.
The Warriors, A Clockwork Orange, and Escape From New York all take place in the same universeGangs in The Warriors have a very similar appearance to those in A Clockwork Orange. In both America and Britain, gang violence forces the increasingly authoritarian governments of Britain and the U.S. to take extremely radical steps to curb gang violence: one turns Manhattan into a prison colony, while the other experiments with thought control.
The narrator of "The Rake's Song" by the Decemberists is an alternate-universe Alex.
A Clockwork Orange is set in the same continuity as 1984The government of ACO continued on into a totalitarian police state, developing its Pavlovian methods of brainwashing. The white building in the Staja eventually becomes the Ministry of Love.
The film takes place in the late 1970s or early 80s, in a possible alternate timelineMost of the fashions the young people wear are based on the punk rock movement. That explains why type writers, cassette tapes, and vinyls are still used, but fashion is a little weird. Alex and his friends stop at random people's houses under the pretense they need to use the phone, since cell phones don't exist yet. Also the brainwashing techniques are advanced, hence why it's in a timeline where science has advanced.
The film takes place during the events of 2001:A Space OdysseyBoth were directed by Stanley Kubrick and take place in the future. The events seen here are what is going on when the Monolith is discovered.
In another life, Alex was CaligulaThey both believe they're in complete control (And are for a time), they both partake in acts of (ultra?)violence, they're both sexual deviants, and they're both, shall I say, a few eggiweggs short of a smashed nest. Although I may have been swayed even further by the fact that they're both played by Malcolm Mcdowell, meaning they also look alike (in movies, anyway).
Alex's (real) full name is...Aleksi Velikii (Great Alexi). Its a referance to Alexander the Great, and in the Russian influenced world most of the other characters have western-ized russian names (Georgie to Georgi,) (Dim to Dimitri), (Dr. Brodsky). Alex Delarge is just his referance to his panhandle.
Alex is Medium Aware.He knows he's in his movie, as evidenced by his staring into the camera and toasting to the viewer, along with whistling along to the background music. This does not, however, make him any more Genre Savvy than anyone else.
One day, A Clockwork Orange will be remade with a urban twist and the main characters will be black.This troper got the idea from comparing the activities of the crips and Alex's droogs, how the Honeymooners movie was made, and if the movie was eventually remade and had to do a allegory involving black gang violence. I was surprised that some things can be easily altered to fit the mood... Rap will replace Alex's love for Beethoven, the music would be remixed with a rap beat, Nadsat will be replaced with slang (i.e. instead of droogs it's "niggas" and instead of "devotchka" it's "bitch") but the hard part is how to replace the scene with Alex singing "singing in the rain" since I doubt they would actually sing that. Then I picture the dialogue would be altered to match the slang, so instead of "There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence." it would be changed to "I'm Alex D. Large and these here are my niggas Pete, Georgie, and Dim. We all sat in this here bar drinkin' malt liquors as we is makin' up our minds on what to do, the shit they put in our malt liquor is gonna make us bust a cap on someone's nigga ass tonight!" Then they cue the beating of the old man and the fight with Billy Boy's gang. Now the problem is some people will find this a tad racist unless it becomes some sort of a symbolic allegory for the life and times of Stanley Tookie Williams or something. And if it did cause any controversial outcry due to racist changes then remember one thing... the original A Clockwork Orange was very controversial at first and it never got released in Britain until Stanley Kubrick's death in 1999.
If the movie is remade and "Americanized", it will take place in The Fifties, or in a Fallout-esque Zeerust settingAnd the themes of government control will be a parody of The Red Scare, complete with them accusing Alex's Slavic-based nadsat as "influenced by Russians and/or Eastern Europeans", and using MK-Ultra stand-ins for when they "correct" Alex. The setting would also create a nice, Crapsacchrine World contrast between Alex's good-old Ultraviolence, and the cheesy, Leave It to Beaver sitcom-style suburbias he tears through. While Alex and his gang will likely retain their more sophisticated traits (a love of Bethoven, wearing all-white one-pieces and NiceHats, etc.), and assert these traits as being better than the other, uncultured Americans, the rival gang they fight may become a parody of either Greaser Delinquints and/or 40s-50s-era American Military uniforms, with merely a taste of the Nazi Germany military uniforms left over (or, if they are still full-on Nazis, they'll counter Alex's Slavic-based nadsat with a Germanic-based equivelent, using Gratuitous German phrases ("Uber", "Soldat", etc.), especially phrases related to Nazi ideology ("Ubermensch", "Lebenstraum", "Fuhrer", etc.). And for the record, I'm putting it here as a counterpoint to the previous WMG, as a way to give a theory of how A Clockwork Orange can be "Americanized" without being a blatantly racist look at African-American gang culture.
Theory Related to the Firefly Theory Above: the Ludovico Technique is a Precursor to the Pax.After Alex successfully ditched his conditioning, they tweaked the formula and method and tried again on Miranda. And we all know how that turned out. (In other words, we are damn lucky Alex didn't become a Reaver.)
Alex is Light YagamiThey're both Wicked Cultured Faux Affably Evil violent criminals who are seventeen years old for the bulk of the story, kill people, and wear nice suits.
Pete was not really reformed at all.He just let on that he had gotten away from crime to discourage Alex taking an interest in him. In Real Life, a person who's that criminal, that young, is very unlikely to just "get better," and we have no text evidence that Pete was ever even caught, much less subjected to therapy or otherwise "treated" for his criminal tendencies.
Alex ends up killing the people who beat him up while under influence of the Ludovico TechniqueAt the end we see that he's back to his old self again, which means that the homeless men and his former droogs' days were numbered. And now being a Villain with Good Publicity, it makes getting away with the crimes so much easier. Frank Alexander will likely also end up becoming one of his victims. Following the events of the film, he incorporates a lot of bloody and gory eye-related torture.
A Clockwork Orange has come true.In response to the "Americanized" ACO posts above, this troper has begun to realize that all of the things from the book have come true in the form of the gangsta culture, particular amongst youth gangs. Youths with odd fashions and weird slang who abuse drugs, engage in rape, wanton violence, and general thuggery, many of whom even take pride in being ultraviolence, which leads to a stereotype of them all as being the same. The government has yet to take such extreme measures as thought control, though perhaps a form of it has begun in the form of pharmaceuticals. Not only that, but even the possibility of having the police employing ex-thugs who turn on one of their own. It's completely possible to live A Clockwork Orange's storyline in the United States, especially in the poorer regions.