Dr. Strangelove

directed by Stanley Kubrick
Category: "Action/Adventure"
Year of Release:1964
Date Added:03/03/2005
Date Watched:11/08/2004
Description:Subtitle: Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

General Ripper thinks the Russians are poisoning his bodily fluids with fluoride. He launches an nuclear bomb attack on Russia by the planes in his command. His second in command, Mandrake, figures out the code in time to recall all the planes except one, piloted by Major Kong. When a bomb from that plane his a Russian missile base, it initiates the Russian doomsday machine which sets off bombs all over the world and kills all living things. Dr. Strangelove comes up with plan for the important people to hide out for 100 years in a mine with a bunch of attractive women to repopulate the earth.

Peter Sellers .... Group Captain (G/C) Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove
George C. Scott .... Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
Sterling Hayden .... Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn .... Col. 'Bat' Guano
Slim Pickens .... Maj. T.J. 'King' Kong
Peter Bull .... Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky
James Earl Jones .... Lt. Lothar Zogg
Tracy Reed .... Miss Foreign Affairs
My Rating:9

Reviews for Dr. Strangelove

Review - Dr. Strangelove

It was fantastic — warped and funny (especially the scenes where the President is talking to the drunk Russian premier) and weird.

From the IMDB web site — Dr. Strangelove is a composite. He is based on, among others, Henry Kissinger (German-born political historian, nuclear strategist and later part of Richard Nixon's cabinet), Wernher von Braun (a Nazi scientist who developed the V1 and V2 rockets and was later given amnesty by the US to help with early space rocket programs), and Herman Kahn (nuclear war theoretician, whose book On Nuclear War was read several times by Stanley Kubrick). On the other hand, Turgidson is more directly based on General Curtis LeMay ('Bombs Away' LeMay).

General Ripper's belief that putting fluoride in water was a Communist plot to poison Americans is not made up; it was a common theory among the American right wing during the 1950s.

At the end of the movie we see numerous mushroom clouds exploding while a sweet song plays. The words are “I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.”
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