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Clockwork Orange premiered 50 years ago today in the UK

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Houseplants, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. Houseplants

    Houseplants Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Pittsburgh, PA
    This movie was big for me. I'm an 80s kid so after I heard about it from an older kid in chemistry I had to rent it. I'll never be the same. Not sure if it was my first Kubrick movie or not.

    Where did you see it and what did you think of it?
  2. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Saw it in 71 as it was in a theater. Can't remember exactly as I was higher than a kite; could a been trippin.
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  3. Saw it in the theater as well and I too was high. On acid.
  4. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    New York city
    Saw it when it was reissued in 1973, with a few seconds cut to change its rating from "X" to "R"
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  5. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

    Ann Arbor, in the '80s
  6. Saw it as a teen in the mid-late ‘80s and liked it quite a bit. Funny, disturbing, hard to forget.
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  7. Mark From Eire

    Mark From Eire Forum Resident

    The very first time I seen it, it was overdubbed in to German (Düsseldorf 1995) and I don't even speak German, my friend Enzo gave me a running commentary in his broken English, so if nothing else it was fun to watch! At the time I was visiting Enzo and he had a lot of VHS films and I told him it was one film that I wanted to see because at that time it was banned from been released in Ireland on VHS and maybe in the UK too, but not sure!
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  8. GreggF

    GreggF Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well!
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  9. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Senior Member

    I worked in the video store in the 80s and I rented it and was blow away.

    I remember talking about it was a customer later and he told me he went to watch in a porn house (It was rated x at one point) and didn't realize that "this wasn't a porno"
  10. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    I can’t recall whether I read the book before or after seeing the movie. One thing is for sure, if I hadn’t read the book, I wouldn’t have caught the references on David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars.
  11. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Not a movie I would want to see dosed.
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  12. Oh, I don't know. It seemed especially surreal.
  13. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    i saw it some time in the 80's, in high school, at a rep theater ......

    wickedly subversive is what i thought ..... not just in content, but in style, and aesthetic
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  14. Borgia

    Borgia Do not speak wisely of this night

    I knew about Clockwork Orange cause my older brother had the soundtrack album, and he told me the gist of the story. I may have read the book first, don't remember. Anyway, myself, a cousin, and my little brother who was around 12 or 13 went to see it at a midnight viewing at a nearby theater, circa 1977-78. The theater called my dad at home to ask if it was okay to let us in. He said sure thing!. Thanks dad. It was life changing in a way. I loved it.
  15. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Saw it about ten years ago. Thought it was rubbish.
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  16. Jim Pattison

    Jim Pattison Forum Resident

    Kitchener ON
    I saw it for the first time in 1975 on the big screen at a theatre in Toronto. By that point, I’d read the novel a couple of times, and practically memorized the screen play, which was published in a paperback in 1972, with two or three B&W stills on each page.
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  18. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Oh, I do not doubt that. I love the movie, but it has its nightmarish parts.

    Try 2001 instead.
  19. Borgia

    Borgia Do not speak wisely of this night

    That's it! My brother had that same book. It was awesome to my teenaged eyes.
  20. dsdu

    dsdu less serious minor pest

    Santa Cruz, CA
    Worst date movie ever.
  21. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    I couldn't even finish it. I was getting slept out of boredom
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  22. Macman

    Macman Senior Member

    I saw it for the first time during a double date at a drive-in theatre in 1972. It was part of a double feature with Ken Russell’s The Devils. How’s that for surreal? Surprisingly, the girl didn’t dump me. :laugh:
  23. SgtPepper1983

    SgtPepper1983 Forum Resident

    Berlin, Germany
    Nope. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
    Believe me.
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  24. SgtPepper1983

    SgtPepper1983 Forum Resident

    Berlin, Germany
    Clockwork Orange is brilliant.
    And the jump cut from the starchild's face at the end of 2001 to Alex is cinema's greatest meta moment.
  25. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    Extremely impactful movie for me. I ended up writing a very long paper about the novel for one of my English lit classes in university.

    It also got me hooked on Walter/Wendy Carlos's electronic versions of classical music.

    I can easily understand why people would have a negative reaction to it, though. I can't really watch it any more myself.

    It's quite possible that the real brilliance is actually the novel by Anthony Burgess.
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