What’s It Going To Be Then, Eh?
by Dan Greene

The title is from the book. The opening line in the movie is:

“There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs; that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milk Bar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.”

A Clockwork Orange. A bit of the old ultraviolence. This is one of my favourite movies of all, and I love the way it starts. In the Korova Milk Bar, the camera focused on Alex’s face, slowly panning back to reveal him and his friends, the security guards, the other customers, the décor of the place. The whole place feels sinister, and it's more than just the presence of Alex and the boys.

Within a minute or so, you see what they get up to. Beating up a helpless old drunk. And the night’s still young! So much damage to cause.

And you know, the others are right. Best opening lines to a movie is a hard one. Only one other came to mind, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You know, John Larroquette’s intro. That’s a pretty good one. But A Clockwork Orange has that music playing, that ominous atmosphere. Bad shit is going to happen tonight.

So what do you have? What are some of the opening lines you love?



Let me tell you about the time I almost died. - Fallen

Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you
and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future
events such as these will affect you in the future.
- Plan 9 From Outer Space

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys, so does ancient sin cling to the low places, the depressions in the world consciousness. - Cat People

All I could think of at the moment.


I can't think of any opening lines right now, but I will say that if you like the movie of Clockwork and haven't read the book, you need to. It takes the events one chapter further than the movie...


"We were somewhere around Barstow at the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold" - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


Dude you are Sloingmar, get used to it a'ight?

Excellent choice by the way... Nice one


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