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.
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 Sellers) is trying to convince everyone that Ripper has gone mad and the bombing must be stopped; and the War Room, where President Merkin Muffley (Sellers again) is trying to make peace with the Russians. The finale featuring Sellers as Dr. Strangelove is a comic gem. Hayden, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn, and Sellers (in three roles) are especially terrific in what may be the funniest, most poignant black comedy ever made, a vicious satire on the farcical aspects of the military and the cold war.
Stanley Kubrick - American Director/Producer/Screenwriter
George C. Scott - American Actor/Director
George Campbell Scott - American Actor/Director
Slim Pickens - American Character Actor
Peter George - Screenwriter
Peter Bull - British Actor
Terry Southern - American Screenwriter/Novelist
Maxwell Kenton - American Screenwriter/Novelist
Keenan Wynn - American actor
Peter Sellers - British Actor/1925-1980
Richard Henry Sellers - British Actor/1925-1980
Laurie Johnson - British Composer
Jack Creley - Actor/"Reincarnate"
Anthony Harvey - British Director/Editor
Ken Adam - British production designer, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE/IN & OUT
Sterling Hayden - American actor, DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
John Hamilton - American actor, DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
Tracy Reed - Actress/"Dr. Strangelove"
James Earl Jones - Actor/Voice
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 95
- Color Format: B&W
- UPC: 715515179614
- Genre: Comedy
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: June 2016
Theatrical release: January 30, 1964. Filmed at Shepperton Studios, England. DR. STRANGELOVE was an original selection of the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989. DR. STRANGELOVE is number 3 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies and number 26 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. The film begins with the following disclaimer: "It is the stated position of the U.S. Air Force that their safeguards would prevent the occurrence of such events as are depicted in this film. Furthermore, it should be noted that none of the characters portrayed in this film are meant to represent any real persons living or dead." James Earl Jones makes his feature-film debut in DR. STRANGELOVE. The part of Major King Kong, played by Slim Pickens, was originally written for John Wayne, who turned the role down. Peter Sellers was then set to play the role, but due to an accident was unable to do so. Kubrick eventually chose Pickens because the two had worked together briefly on ONE EYED JACKS. The ending scene was originally going to contain a pie fight, but was considered too over the top by director Stanley Kubrick.
"...A supremely scary classic....If DR. STRANGELOVE is the most warmly remembered of cold war artifacts, thank its pitch-black humor..." -- Critic's Choice - 11/04/1994 New York Times, p.C14
"...DR. STRANGELOVE is filled with great comic performances....Arguably the best political satire of the century..." - 07/16/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5
"...The film, of course, hasn't lost a thing, starting with three exceptional performances by Peter Sellers and another by underrated Sterling Hayden..." - 06/19/1992 USA Today, p.3D
"...A movie that shocked the world into a new death-rattle irony..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.33
"The blackest satire on the madness of war has grown more apt over time." - 11/11/2004 Rolling Stone, p.118
"Kubrick's atomic-powered black comedy, scripted to perfection by Terry Southern." - 04/01/2005 Uncut, p.142
"Despite the despairing theme, it's still among the funniest films ever made -- and, in his three roles, Peter Sellers delivers several classic speeches that will live forever..." - 12/01/2008 Empire, p.215
"Stanley Kubrick's quintessential Cold War Comedy is also one of the savvier movies, period, about politics in the postnuclear era." - 07/23/2010 Wall Street Journal
"Shooting DR. STRANGELOVE as if it were PATHS OF GLORY makes its ridiculous elements at once funnier and more chilling, emphasizing the Cold Wars inherent insanity....Making light of world annihilation is serious business, and Kubrick treats it as such, without sacrificing laughs." -- Grade: A - 06/25/2016 A.V. Club