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An American/British 1964 black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick.

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A Unique and Hilarious Social Commentary

  • Jul 18, 2003
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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 when the Cuban Missile Crisis developed in October of 1962. In sharp contrast with Fail Safe which remains earnest but now seems somewhat stale and certainly dated, those who see Dr. Strangelove still savor the genius of Peter Sellers as he plays three major characters (President Merkin Muffley, Dr. Strangelove, and Group Captain Lionel Mandrake), joined by a surprisingly hilarious George C. Scott (General Buck Turgison) and Sterling Hayden (as psychotic General Jack D. Ripper, self-appointed defender of his nation's precious body fluids). They and other cast members create one memorable comic moment after another. The film concludes as Slim Pickens' Major T.J. ("King") Kong prepares to engage in what he calls "Nuclear combat! Toe to toe with the Russkies!" Few other film comedies have held up this well, especially after almost four decades. One final point. I am so appreciative of the DVD format which, of course, offers clearer sound and image but also of supplementary mnaterial such as the featurette: "The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove" and the documentary: "Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove."

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review by . October 30, 2010
Kubrick's Evil Twin of Fail-Safe
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 …
review by . July 15, 2010
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   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, …
Quick Tip by . August 13, 2010
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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!
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
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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.
review by . August 12, 2009
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. …
Quick Tip by . September 26, 2009
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Absolutely hilarious. I love humorous satirical films. Lucky for me they're playing it on the big screen in Berkeley :D
Quick Tip by . September 26, 2009
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Possibly the most sophisticated political satire ever put on film!!! Of all of Kubrick's films this is the one that I watch over and over...
review by . January 09, 2009
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Peter Sellers and crew are at their best in Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove. Though the subject is serious, it never lacks in laughs. Rewatch Factor 5 stars
review by . July 23, 2005
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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. …
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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 ...
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Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 29, 1964
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 33min
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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