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(1971), R
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 31, 2004
36 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(1971), R -- debauch, seduce and subvert wholesome thought and outlook

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Hawk Films Ltd., Polaris Productions, Warner Bros.
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Home Video
Director(s): Stanley Kubrick
Producer(s): Stanley Kubrick, Si Litvinoff, Max L. Raab, Bernard Williams
Novel: Anthony Burgess
Screenplay: Stanley Kubrick
Cinematography/Camera: John Alcott
Music: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind plus osme classics
Film Editing: Bill Butler
Casting: James Liggat
Production Design: John Barry
Art Direction: Russell Hagg, Peter Sheilds
Viewed on: Waner Home Video DVD

The reason for analyzing this film is, by the email I receive from teens, because of the apparent high popularity of this film among our teens. Now you, mom/dad will know, if you have not seen the film and I would not recommend doing so, what it is the film has to offer.

In this 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, originally rated X, young high schooler and delinquent punker Alexander de Large (Malcolm McDowell) is bent on theft, rape and ultra-violence. That is his life. His way. His choice. In this adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel of the same name, Beethoven-loving de Large rapes a woman while singing the song "Singing in the Rain." And that is only one of several rapes in the show.

When this originally X-rated film was blamed for copycat violence among British youth it was banned and Kubrick withdrew the 1971 film from British circulation shortly after its release. Shortly after the film's ban a 17 year old girl was raped in Lancashire by men who were singing "Singing in the Rain." And a 16 year old boy beat a younger boy while wearing the same outfit de Large wore in the movie: the white overalls, the black hat and heavy boots. It was not reported whether the perpetrator wore the false eye lashes around his right eye or the disembodied bloody eyeballs De Large wore as cufflinks and suspender ornaments. Kubrick edited out about 30 seconds of the film to get an R-rating in preparation for release to the US audiences in 1972. Some of the sexual violence was edited out but none of the cold-blooded nihilism. In 2000, the uncut version was re-released to British theaters.

Believe it or not, A Clockwork Orange was nominated for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Director. Makes me wonder what is "best" and who decides it.

Alexander de Large invades the countryside with evil and licentiousness with his droogs (cohorts): Dim (Warren Clarke), Pete (Michael Tarn) and Georgie (James Marcus) who are also punkers and equally bent on evil but submissive to de Large.

After the viewer is subjected for a few minutes to punker de Large in a "Kubrick" stare similar to the expression McDowell exudes in the poster art (to intimidate, of course), soon the crew pranced the streets in punk attire with prostheses [prosthesis n.: an artificial device to replace a missing part of the body] to exaggerate their male anatomy, sporting expressions and mannerisms (such as intimidation) typical of the punk lifestyle. They were looking for "ultra-violence" in de Large's words and for sado-sexual violence.

The gang traveled to the Korova Milkbar, racking their "rassoodocks" to decide what they were going to do with the evening. The Korova Milkbar was filled with nihilistic art which apparently tried to express a futuristic mood. Tables were of anatomically detailed nude female sculpture face up with their arms and legs as table legs. The drug-laced milk was vended through physiologically appropriate ways from other nude female sculpture.

The first episode of "ultra-violence" seen was a beating of an old drunk (Paul Farrell) while he lied in the gutter bemoaning the state of social affairs. After a satisfying period of ultra-violence, their hunger for it soon returned and they engaged a rival gang trying to rape a young woman.

Being chased off by police sirens, the high schoolers stole a Durango-95 and caused several instances of reckless endangerment on their way to HOME. "Home" was the residence of writer Frank Alexander (Patrick Magee) and his wife (Adrienne Corri). The residence is announced to passersby with a lighted panel displaying "HOME." Gaining entry into the Alexander residence by lying about a traffic injury, de Large performed ritualistic rape of Mrs. Alexander before her bound husband. To try to [uncomfortably] describe the debauchery in this film, this rape scene shows de Large, after a long sequence of intimidation and tormenting, using scissors to cut circles out of Mrs. Alexander's jumpsuit pajamas directly over her breasts. Then after a period of tormenting de Large cuts up her pajamas to strip her for rape. And this is award-winning entertainment?

The blokes returned to the Milkbar where de Large whacked Dim across the legs with his cane/club because Dim made fun of a woman singing a piece from a Beethoven symphony that was mesmerizing for de Large.

From there the "boys" split up and de Large returned home to Municipal Flatblock 18a Linera North to his frightened and apologetic parents, mum Em (Shelia Raynor) and dadda Pee (Phillip Stone). The next morning de Large feigned illness in "the old gulliver" to avoid attending school. While home alone and prancing about in his underwear, de Large found sexually deviant probation officer Mr. Deltoid (Aubrey Morris) who gave de Large the third degree, warning him that one more time of crime will land de Large in prison instead of the juvenile facility. While Deltoid, who was drooling at de Large in his underwear, spoke his piece at de Large and fondled him as well.

After Deltoid left, de Large left to go to a record store where he picked up two young women eating pop sickles. After a few choice innuendo about the phallic-shaped pop sickles the girls were eating, the trio retreated to de Large's apartment and had an orgy ... repeatedly. And this is award-winning entertainment!?

Above is just a sample of the vulgar and vile content of A Clockwork Orange to debauch, seduce and subvert wholesome thought and outlook.

This film provides everything that has been called "adult" and made verbotten to teens for so long (as if viewing this sort of sin-ema makes one "adult"). Numerous instances of rape and attempted rape with full anatomy nudity, both male and female. Intercourse with full anatomy nudity, both male and female. Crime and evil galore. Vulgar female statues of intricate anatomical detail. [1Ths. 4:1-5] Beatings. Torture. Nihilism. Joy and satisfaction in wanton licentious behavior. [Is. 59:7, Job 34:22] Theft. [Hab. 2:9] Homosexual touch and imagery. [1Cor. 6:9-10] Attempted suicide. And much more. [Matt. 18:7]

The saddest part about this film is that the thought-provoking "point" it tried to make, though using just about every manner of sin to speak to it, was that to reform the corrupt and willful criminal by artificial elimination of his/her free will is questionable.

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  • 1Ths. 4:1-5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
  • Is. 59:7 Their* feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. [*From Is. 59:4, "their" is they who trust in vanity, speak lies, conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.]
  • Job 34:22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Matt. 18:7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    TITLE (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • mugging with graphic beating
  • gang fighting
  • additional beatings, many
  • reckless driving
  • reckless vehicular endangerment of others
  • breaking and entering, repeatedly
  • trashing private property
  • possession of stolen goods
  • series of images of gore, murder, mayhem, madness
  • theft, repeatedly
  • assault by knife with injury
  • trespassing with intent to invade
  • assault with vulgar sculpture as weapon
  • additional assault, repeatedly
  • brutality
  • imagery of Christ's misery
  • images of war and warfare
  • torture, repeatedly
  • ridicule and torment to agitate with physical abuse
  • an exceptionally graphic beating in vengeance
  • planning criminal behavior, repeatedly
  • contemplating suicide
  • attempted suicide
  • arrogance toward fair authority, repeatedly

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies to gain illegal entry
  • additional lying, repeatedly
  • licentious behavior throughout
  • imagery of urination
  • parents blaming themselves of errant son's choices of behavior

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • anatomically detailed vulgar sculpture, repeatedly
  • defaced mural with sexual graffiti, including homosexual imagery
  • vulgar dress to exaggerate male anatomy, repeatedly, often
  • stripping to rape
  • full total female nudity, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • rape, repeatedly
  • vulgar talk
  • anatomical references, repeatedly
  • sexual assault, exceptionally graphic
  • upper female nudity, repeatedly
  • disgusting sexual art, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • male glutei fissure nudity
  • vulgar pose
  • homosexual touch, male hand to male gender-specific anatomy in underwear
  • stripping for sex
  • intercourse with full nudity, both male and female
  • more vulgar art, including imagery of homosexual behaviors, repeatedly
  • full total male nudity
  • homosexual gestures of invitation, repeatedly
  • self touching
  • suggestion of homosexual priest
  • vulgar photos
  • multiple rape
  • nearly full female nudity to entice/seduce, repeatedly
  • nudity in art, repeatedly
  • thong male nudity, repeatedly
  • hidden intercourse
  • dressing to maximize the male form and/or skin exposure
  • cartoon nudity with vulgar comments
  • more intercourse

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drunkenness
  • smoking
  • drug intoxication

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • insults to Christ with statues of Christ nude, repeatedly
  • mockery of faith
  • deceit using Scriptures, feigned faith to deceive, repeatedly
  • "He will be your true Christian"

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by smashing head with vulgar sculpture piece for furtherance of theft


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