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

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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 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 29, 1964

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Sellers Best Actor 1964 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stanley Kubrick Best British Film 1964 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stanley Kubrick Best Film - Any Source 1964 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Stanley Kubrick Best Director 1964 Winner
Directors Guild of America Stanley Kubrick Best Director 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kubrick Best Director 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kubrick Best Adapted Screenplay 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kubrick Best Picture 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terry Southern Best Adapted Screenplay 1964 Nominee

Cast

Peter Sellers
as Dr. Strangelove
Peter Sellers
as President Merkin Muffley
Peter Sellers
as Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake
George C. Scott
as Gen. Buck Turgidson
Sterling Hayden
as Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn
as Col. Bat Guano
Slim Pickens
as Maj. T.J. "King" Kong
Peter Bull
as Ambassador de Sadesky
James Earl Jones
as Lt. Lothar Zogg
Tracy Reed
as Miss Scott
Jack Creley
as Mr. Staines
Frank Berry
as Lt. H.R. Dietrich, DSO
Glenn Beck
as Lt. W.D. Kivel
Shane Rimmer
as Capt. G.A. "Ace" Owens
Gordon Tanner
as Gen. Faceman
Roy Stephens
as Frank
Laurence Herder
as Burpelson Defense Team Member
Hal Galili
as Members of the Defense Team
Paul Tamarin
as Lt. B. Goldberg

Crew

Stanley Kubrick
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Producer
Stanley Kubrick
Screenwriter
Terry Southern
Screenwriter
Gilbert Taylor
Cinematographer
Anthony Harvey
Editor
Ken Adam
Production Designer
Peter Murton
Art Director
Victor Lyndon
Associate Producer
Bridget Sellers
Costume Designer
Richard Bird
Sound/Sound Designer
Wally Veevers
Special Effects
Eric Rattray
First Assistant Director
Kelvin Pike
Camera Operator
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup
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