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Best Improvised Movie Scenes

In honor of the improvised "Like Crazy," see top movie improv scenes, from "Taxi Driver" to "Casablanca."

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“Singin’ in the Rain”

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)

Early on in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange, depicting a dystopian Britain overrun by violent hooligans, the charismatic Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his gang of droogs get hopped up on “milk plus” and engage in a little of the old “ultra-violence.” They proceed to steal a car and drive to the home of a reclusive writer, where they break in, severely beat the writer—crippling him—and rape his gorgeous wife. During the melee, Alex dances an infamous jig and sings the tune “Singin’ in the Rain,” made famous by Gene Kelly in the film of the same name. The song doesn’t appear at all in Anthony Burgess’s novel, upon which the film is based, or the movie’s screenplay, since McDowell improvised it on the spot when Kubrick complained that the rape scene was “too stiff.”

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