Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (commonly known as Dr. Strangelove) is an American/British 1964 black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and featuring Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn and Slim Pickens. Loosely based on Peter George's Cold War thriller novel Red Alert (aka Two Hours to Doom), Dr. Strangelove satirizes the nuclear scare.
The story concerns a mentally unstable US Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse, as well as the crew of one B-52 as they attempt to deliver their payload.
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Additionally, it was listed as #3 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs.
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB is Stanley Kubrick's Cold War masterpiece. Based on the novel RED ALERT by Peter George, the film is set at the height of the tensions between Russia and the United States, when all it would take to destroy the world was one push of a button. And General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) is just the man to do it. <br> <br> Convinced that the Russians have infiltrated America's "vital essence," the crazed Ripper gives the go code to the 843rd bomb wing to attack Russia, setting in motion a series of darkly hilarious vignettes involving gung-ho soldiers, wacky generals, spying Russians, drunken premiers, battles with soda machines, fights in the War Room, and the Russians' top-secret Doomsday Machine. Shot in black and white, the film has three main centers of action: one of the B-52 bombers, on which a group of loyal men know they are about to start World War III; Burpelson Air Force Base, where Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sell...
Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age.Dr. Strangeloveis a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with "the purity of precious bodily fluids," mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so-called "Doomsday Device," and the world hangs in the balance while the U.S. president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart. Sellers also plays a British military attaché and the mad bomb-maker Dr. Strangelove; George C. Scott is outrageously frantic as General Buck Turgidson, whose presidential advice consists mainly of panic and statistics about "acceptable losses." With dialogue ("You can't fight here! This is the war room!") and images (Slim Pickens's character riding the bomb to oblivion) that have become a part of our cultural vocabulary, Kubrick's film regularly appears on critics' lists of the all-time best.--Jeff Shannon
What's the film about? This film is about nuclear war. It came out in January of 1964 and so was 9 months ahead of Fail-Safe. But this was two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis so it should have been a big deal to most aware Americans. How many unaware Americans were there at the time? I don't really have any memories of the Missile Crisis. I was only 10. In this story a wacko American general launches his … more
Stanley Kubrick’s satirical look at a possible nuclear winter in Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb doesn’t get the get the credit it is due. Debuting during the Johnson Administration in 1964, the Cold War was in full swing, prompting the building of bomb shelters, terms like “mutually assured destruction,” and nuclear arms being produced at an alarming rate. Dr Strangelove took on all sides, featuring bumbling bureaucrats, … more
Great Kubrick film, a director I admire. Sellers does a great job playing multiple roles. Whenever I heard Dr. Kissinger speak for the first time, I laughed so hard because, it brought me back to this movie!
This is one of the funniest movies ever and one of Peter Sellers best performances, that includes all of them. The cold war is over but it still leaves plenty to laugh about as well as be troubled about when the powers that be conduct their business without transparency.
Doctor Strangelove was another dark black and white comedy that Kubrick directed. Filmed and produced right after Lolita, Kubrick decided to work again with the enigmatic actor Peter Sellers. This time he plays three different characters (an R.A.F. officer, President Muffley and Doctor Stranglove). George C. Scott co-stars as a manic gum chewing general, Slim Pickens as the S.A.C. bomber pilot (playing the role as straight as an arrow) Sterling Hayden playing the crazed airbase commander Jack D. … more
I viewed this film when it was first released. Now, year later, it is still, in my opinion, one of the best of the genre. It is certainly a dark, dark movie but the darkness adds the the wonderful contradictions in the story. This one can certainly be classified as a classic and should be added to anyones collection. I, like several other reviewers, feel this was one of Sellers' better movies. He had his roles down pat. I suspect that this movie will be around for a number of years. I highly recommend. … more
Kubrick produced, directed, and co-authored the screen play of this film, one which has lost none of its bite after almost 40 years. In that same year, Sidney Lumet's Fail Safe was also released. Both pose the same question "What if someone accidentally launched an air strike armed with thermonuclear weapons...and it could not be recalled?" However, they offer quite different answers. Credit Stanley Kramer's On the Beach (1959) with alerting the world to a possibility which seemed a probability … more