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Sunday, 17 June, 2001, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
TV debut for Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange
McDowell starred as the teenage thug Alex
The "ultraviolent" cult film A Clockwork Orange is to get its first showing on British television.

Director Stanley Kubrick withdrew the film shortly after its 1973 release because it was blamed for a string of copycat attacks.

Sky Box Office is now due to air the film on 4 July.

Kubrick
The late Stanley Kubrick pulled the film himself
Based on a novel by Anthony Burgess, the plot centres on teenage thug Alex, who takes part in acts of highly choreographed violence and rape.

It includes a gang rape to music from Rossini and a mugging to the song Singing In The Rain.

Kubrick became incensed that his work was seen as pro-violence when his intention was for it to act as a warning against it

A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange became a cult classic
Kubrick became a target for hate mail and abusive phone calls.

He reacted by withdrawing the film completely from UK distribution.

Because of this many UK film fans had to rely on pirated copies of the film for nearly quarter of a century.

Following Kubrick's death in 1999, Warner Brothers took the opportunity to rerelease it and the British Board of Film Classification granted it an 18 certificate.

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