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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

 -  Comedy | War  -  29 January 1964 (USA)
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An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

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Paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper of Burpelson Air Force Base, he believing that fluoridation of the American water supply is a Soviet plot to poison the U.S. populace, is able to deploy through a back door mechanism a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the knowledge of his superiors, including the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Buck Turgidson, and President Merkin Muffley. Only Ripper knows the code to recall the B-52 bombers and he has shut down communication in and out of Burpelson as a measure to protect this attack. Ripper's executive officer, RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (on exchange from Britain), who is being held at Burpelson by Ripper, believes he knows the recall codes if he can only get a message to the outside world. Meanwhile at the Pentagon War Room, key persons including Muffley, Turgidson and nuclear scientist and adviser, a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove, are discussing measures to stop the attack or mitigate its blow-up into an ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | War

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content, sexual humor and mild language | See all certifications »

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29 January 1964 (USA)  »

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A Delicate Balance of Terror  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to Pablo Ferro, title designer, the opening title shots were born of remarks between himself and Stanley Kubrick wherein Ferro observed that all machines invented by men have a sexual aspect. In the context of the film, it made Kubrick think of B-52s refueling in mid-air. Originally talking about arranging for a shoot to capture that image, Ferro said he was sure the Air Force had been so proud of the technology that they had filmed the process from every conceivable angle. It didn't take long for him to bring back stock footage in which both men were delighted to see the aircraft involved in the process suggestively "bobbing," "bumping" up and down and swaying in the air as they connect, transfer fuel and then disconnect. The addition of the music instrumental on top heightened the intended effect, and knowing all this makes watching the opening titles quite a different experience. Indeed, the music actually 'punctuates' the refueling rod's eventual withdrawal from the B-52 seen. See more »

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In a number of scenes showing the B-52 flying from behind, the plane banks and turns yet none of the control surfaces on the wings move. See more »

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Narrator: For more than a year, ominous rumors had been privately circulating among high-level Western leaders that the Soviet Union had been at work on what was darkly hinted to be the ultimate weapon: a doomsday device. Intelligence sources traced the site of the top secret Russian project to the perpetually fog-shrouded wasteland below the Arctic peaks of the Zhokhov Islands. What they were building or why it should be located in such a remote and desolate place no one could say.
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Crazy Credits

The screenplay title is incorrectly spelled. It reads: 'Base' on the book "Red Alert" by Peter George. This is pointed out on the DVD supplement about the making of the film. See more »

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We'll Meet Again
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Music and Lyrics by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
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Kubrick takes a whack at comedy- and the cold war
13 February 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Stanley Kubrick always likes to try something new with each movie he does, and this proves it. This is truly one of the grittiest, and best dark comedies I've ever seen with some crude moments and some odd ones (who'd think to have Slim Pickens riding a bomb on it's way down). It turns into a flat out masterpiece though with the spectacular acting by Peter Sellers (in three separate roles), George C. Scott (his facial expressions are a crack up every time), and a supporting cast of crazies in a government of loons, the most impressive of these being the incomparable Sterling Hayden in his best dramatic/funny role. It contains a resonance as well that sticks till today, as corruption and pig-headedness rules in all sorts of governments, but most of all in those with the most power. It's almost worth it just for the opening credits and end sequence with "we'll meet again".


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