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

Starring George C. Scott, Peter Sellers
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Columbia Tristar Home Video | June 29, 1999 | DVD

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Who else but Stanley Kubrick can creatively conceal a tight fist of anti-war sentiment inside a black comedy? This movie is a classic of pop culture because it reflects and comments on the actual events of nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb does this through hilarious dialogue, outstanding performances - Peter Sellers as the loopy bomb creator and George C. Scott as a frenzied military general - and memorable sequences, such as Slim Pickens' fateful ride on the descending bomb. This 1964 film set the tone and the standard for subsequent satires, including Brazil and Canadian Bacon.

Video Release: June 29, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1964

Runtime: 93

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video

UPC: 043396040939

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Arguably the greatest film comedy of all time, it certainly deals with the funniest theme ever: global armageddon. The Soviets are perfect fools and the Americans are complete idiots, making a meeting of the minds impossible because there are no minds to meet. Kubrick's wry direction and Peter Sellers multiple roles are great. George C. Scott said many years later that his role as General Buck Turgidson was his favourite, an Oscar for Patton notwithstanding. The founder of the feast, mad General Jack D. Ripper, is played by Sterling Hayden and he is terrifying and hilarious. ("I don't avoid women, Mandrake, but I do deny them my essence.") This is one of those movies I can watch every year for the rest of my life. Yee-haw!
Date published: 2007-12-22

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

Starring George C. Scott, Peter Sellers
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Video Release: June 29, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1964

Runtime: 93

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video

UPC: 043396040939


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • B&W
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Released in English

Synopsis

When a psychotic U.S. general launches a preemptive strike against Russia, the American president must deal with gung-ho military brass, bureaucratic bumblers, a drunken Soviet premier, and a twisted German rocket scientist. Stanley Kubrick's black-comedy masterpiece is one of the funniest, most insightful films ever made. DR. STRANGELOVE was originally going to be a thriller, but Kubrick found the many elements of the story darkly funny; he told film critic Joseph Gelmis, "It occurred to me that I was approaching the project in the wrong way. The only way to tell the story was as a black comedy or, better, a nightmare comedy, where the things you laugh at most are really the heart of the paradoxical postures that make a nuclear war possible." Thus, Kubrick hired Terry Southern, author of THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN (the film version of which starred Peter Sellers); Southern said, "[Kubrick] would talk about the mechanics of making [DR. STRANGELOVE] totally credible and convincing in terms of the fail safe aspect and then try to make that funny. And the way you make it funny, because the situation is absurd, is by dealing with it in terms of the dialogue and characters." When the film first got reviewed more credit was given to Southern than to Kubrick, who bought ad space in American papers claiming that Southern had nothing to do with the success of the film. After Southern wrote a letter to the New York Times explaining how the collaboration actually worked, the minibattle was settled.

Description

When a psychotic U.S. General launches a pre-emptive strike against "the Commies," the American President must deal with gung ho military brass, bureaucratic bumbling, a drunken Soviet Premier and a twisted German rocket scientist. Horribly funny. Based on the novel "Red Alert" by Peter George. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Peter Sellers and Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

Notes

Filmed at Shepperton Studios, England. Complete title: "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." Additional cast: Jack Creley (Staines); Frank Berry (Lieutenant H.R. Dietrich); Glenn Beck (Lieutenant W.D. Kivel); Paul Tamarin (Lieutenant B. Goldberg); Gordon Tanner (General Faceman); Robert O'Neil (Admiral Randolph); Roy Stephens (Frank). Film debut for actor James Earl Jones. Released theatrically in the USA January 30, 1964.
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