List of Cultural References To A Clockwork Orange - Films


The film version of A Clockwork Orange immediately revolutionized the science fiction film genre, opening the way for other films to portray elaborate dystopian narratives and to intelligently analyze social dilemmas. Many film directors have borrowed themes and cinematic techniques from the film. The film is an essential part of modern cinema and films often reference it.

  • Heath Ledger said he based his portrayal of The Joker on Alex DeLarge.
  • Films that use similar cinematic techniques to A Clockwork Orange include A Boy and His Dog, THX 1138, and Westworld.
  • The torture scene in Reservoir Dogs being set to "Stuck in the Middle With You" was described by Quentin Tarantino in an interview as a direct reference to the scene in A Clockwork Orange where Alex kicks the writer and rapes his wife to the tune of "Singin' in the Rain". A Clockwork Orange is also referenced at the beginning of the film when all the men are walking in slow motion, as Alex and his droogs did.
  • In Gangster No. 1 Malcolm McDowell, the actor who played Alex in the film version, plays his character of a gangster as an older version of Alex.
  • In Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny immediately following the song 'Baby' a gang of four men dressed as Alex and his droogs, with fake British accents, attack Jack Black's character.

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