Clockwork Orange

1971 (Stanley Kubrick) R, 137 minutes

Malcolm McDowell; Michael Bates

Alex lends friendly narration to the audience that he calls "brothers" as he incites violence with a band of delinquent misfits (called "droogs") at his command. Alex gets imprisoned after murdering an upper-class woman in her home. Rather than go to prison he opts to undergo a torturous rehabilitation therapy (the "Ludovico technique"), involving forced viewings of Nazi war films accompanied by Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The proven effects of the treatment lead to Alex's release into a society where he is repeatedly punished for his past transgressions.

Cole Smithey