Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

     
 

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In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove's jet-black satire (from a script by director StanleySee more details below

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Overview

In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove's jet-black satire (from a script by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a host of superb comic performances (including three from Peter Sellers) have kept the film fresh and entertaining, even as its issues have become (slightly) less timely. Loaded with thermonuclear weapons, a U.S. bomber piloted by Maj. T.J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickens) is on a routine flight pattern near the Soviet Union when they receive orders to commence Wing Attack Plan R, best summarized by Maj. Kong as "Nuclear combat! Toe to toe with the Russkies!" On the ground at Burpleson Air Force Base, Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) notices nothing on the news about America being at war. Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) calmly informs him that he gave the command to attack the Soviet Union because it was high time someone did something about fluoridation, which is sapping Americans' bodily fluids (and apparently has something to do with Ripper's sexual dysfunction). Meanwhile, President Merkin Muffley (Sellers again) meets with his top Pentagon advisors, including super-hawk Gen. Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott), who sees this as an opportunity to do something about Communism in general and Russians in particular. However, the ante is upped considerably when Soviet ambassador de Sadesky (Peter Bull) informs Muffley and his staff of the latest innovation in Soviet weapons technology: a "Doomsday Machine" that will destroy the entire world if the Russians are attacked.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Rarely does nihilistic humor bubble up so relentlessly as in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 masterpiece of political satire, Dr. Strangelove. The tale begins when Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a United States general who is as obsessed with the spread of communism as he is with the dangers of fluoridation, dispatches a flock of B-52's into Russia, putting the world inexorably on a path toward self-annihilation. Kubrick's early training as a photographer is evident, especially in his bold sense of visual composition. The film's cartoonish characters grease the scathing commentary on cold war buffoonery. George C. Scott blows hard as a posturing hawk of the Pentagon. Peter Sellers plays three characters, among them the bizarre title character -- a former Nazi war criminal turned White House consultant. And of course, there's Slim Pickens's cowboy kamikaze, who rides a missile rodeo style, whooping and hollering into oblivion.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is widely regarded as the screen's greatest satire, a film that superbly encapsulates the fear and paranoia of the Cold War. There is not a sequence in the film in which the dialogue is not quotable -- indeed, there are so many well-remembered moments that viewers and critics will differ on the best, though surely the sight of Major Kong (Slim Pickens) waving his cowboy hat as he rides the bomb into oblivion is among the most enduring images of its era. As was consistently the case in his career, director Stanley Kubrick brilliantly matches actors with their roles, from Peter Sellers' three-character performance to the screen debut of James Earl Jones, whom Kubrick had spotted in a stage play. Similarly, George C. Scott, who plays the hawkish general Buck Turgidsdon, considered Strangelove among his greatest screen achievements. Every performance is top-notch, and many Kubrick trademarks can be found in the film, from the visual style to the shift to a hand-held camera when the Air Force base is attacked to the sparse and ironic use of music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
UPC:
0043396061873
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
521

Special Features

Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove, a documentary on the restoration; an original split-screen interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott; biographical featurette The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove; advertising gallery; talent files; trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove,Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake,President Merkin Muffley
George C. Scott Gen. Buck Turgidson
Sterling Hayden Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn Col. Bat Guano
Slim Pickens Maj. T.J. "King" Kong
James Earl Jones Lt. Lothar Zogg
Peter Bull Ambassador de Sadesky
Tracy Reed Miss Scott
Jack Creley Mr. Staines
Frank Berry Lt. H.R. Dietrich, DSO
Glenn Beck Lt. W.D. Kivel
Shane Rimmer Capt. G.A. "Ace" Owens
Gordon Tanner Gen. Faceman
Robert O'Neil Adm. Randolph
Roy Stephens Frank
Laurence Herder Burpelson Defense Team Member
John McCarthy On Defense Team
Hal Galili Members of the Defense Team
Paul Tamarin Lt. B. Goldberg

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
Richard Bird Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Peter George Screenwriter
Anthony Harvey Editor
Laurie Johnson Score Composer
Victor Lyndon Associate Producer
Peter Murton Art Director
Kelvin Pike Camera Operator
Eric Rattray Asst. Director
Bridget Sellers Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Southern Screenwriter
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Wally Veevers Special Effects

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:09]
2. Condition Red [2:41]
3. Wing Attack Plan R [5:49]
4. Fred calls Buck [3:14]
5. Three simple rules [1:32]
6. Attack profile [2:50]
7. Captain Mandrake [4:55]
8. In the War Room [7:47]
9. Six points [3:28]
10. Survival kit check [:57]
11. Ambassador De Sadesky [1:52]
12. Friendly fire [1:38]
13. Merkin & Dimitri [5:33]
14. A monstrous Commie plot [3:36]
15. Dr. Strangelove [4:47]
16. Ripper's theory [3:25]
17. The base surrenders [3:57]
18. Evasive action [4:05]
19. Colonel "Bat" Guano [2:19]
20. Assessing the damage [1:44]
21. Deviated prevert [3:45]
22. One plane left [4:31]
23. A change of target [1:36]
24. "Is there really a chance?" [1:12]
25. Final checks [6:19]
26. "Yahoo!!!" [:40]
27. 100-Year-Plan [5:20]
28. "We'll Meet Again" [1:47]

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