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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb -- An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
29 January 1964 (USA) See more »
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the hot-line suspense comedy
Plot:
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Peter Sellers ... Group Capt. 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. 'King' Kong

Peter Bull ... Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky

James Earl Jones ... Lt. Lothar Zogg

Tracy Reed ... Miss Scott
Jack Creley ... Mr. Staines
Frank Berry ... Lt. Dietrich
Robert O'Neil ... Adm. Randolph
Glenn Beck ... Lt. Kivel (as Glen Beck)
Roy Stephens ... Frank

Shane Rimmer ... Capt. 'Ace' Owens
Hal Galili ... Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Paul Tamarin ... Lt. Goldberg
Laurence Herder ... Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Gordon Tanner ... Gen. Faceman
John McCarthy ... Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Burnell Tucker ... Mandrake' aide (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) &
Terry Southern (screenplay) &
Peter George (screenplay)

Peter George (based on the book: "Red Alert" by)

Produced by
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
Victor Lyndon .... associate producer
Leon Minoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson (music)
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anthony Harvey (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Murton 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist (as Stewart Freeborn)
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Rattray .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Aldred .... dubbing mixer
Richard Bird .... recordist
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Wally Veevers .... special effects
Alan Bryce .... special effects (uncredited)
Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig .... special effects advisor (uncredited)
Brian Gamby .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Mike Shaw .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Vic Margutti .... travelling matte
Jim Body .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Ford .... camera assistant
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Geoffrey Fry .... assembly editor
Ray Lovejoy .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
John Crewdson .... aviation advisor (as Capt. John Crewdson)
Jean Bernard .... pilot: outside bomber views (uncredited)
Pablo Ferro .... main title design: Ferro, Mohammed & Schwartz, Inc. (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Dr. Strangelove" - Australia (short title), UK (short title), USA (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content, sexual humor and mild language (re-rating) (2004)
Runtime:
95 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-12 (1998) | Finland:K-16 (1964) | France:U (re-release) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:Unrated | Ireland:PG | Japan:Unrated | Netherlands:AL (video rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (DVD rating) | South Korea:12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 20469) (original rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (2004) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the novel by Peter George the two H-bombs are named Hi There! and Lolita. Two years earlier, Stanley Kubrick directed Lolita (1962). The graffiti on the second bomb is Dear John in the movie. Slim Pickens once owned a horse named Dear John.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Typos in the opening captions include "Base on the book Red Alert by Peter George", "ficticious" instead of "fictitious", and "occurence" instead of "occurrence".See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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Soundtrack:
When Johnny Comes Marching HomeSee more »

FAQ

What was the doomsday device?
Does anyone actually believe fluoridation is an evil plot to rule the world?
How did the doomsday device work, anyway?
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115 out of 166 people found the following review useful.
Still laughing, long past the end credits..., 22 December 2004
Author: Grann-Bach (Grann-Bach@jubii.dk) from Denmark

Who'd have thought that Kubrick had such a great sense of humor? I mean, in most of his films, there are snippets of humor, and Barry Lyndon has a definite irony, but I hadn't expected him to be able to direct such a hilarious and thoroughly entertaining comedy. I had known for a while that this was the highest rated Kubrick film here on IMDb, so naturally, I was excited to find out if it was really his best film. Even though I haven't seen Lolita, Spartacus, Eyes Wide Shut or his first few films(the shorts he made before his feature), and even though I thoroughly enjoyed his other films, this very well may be his best film. Made in a period of time where the thought of nuclear war was a terrifying idea, that was believed to be a reasonable fear, the film takes this idea and turns it around, makes us laugh at it. The film was made during the Cold War, which must have taken quite a lot of guts on Kubrick's side... then again, he did start out, intending to make a thriller/suspense film about the subject, but ultimately realized that a comedy with a lighthearted look on the situation would be a better idea. So, he turned the idea of impending doom from nuclear holocaust into a black comedy. Personally, I think he did a damn good job of it. I haven't laughed that hard and for so long at any one time for quite a while... in fact, I might never have. The comedy isn't overplayed, in fact most of it is presented in a dead-pan, matter-of-fact-like type of way... what's even more hilarious is that the better part of it is completely accurate. No dumb stereotypes, no old clichés... just logic and simple, good old-fashioned observation. The plot is excellent, and very well-paced. In my opinion, Kubrick's most well-paced film. The plot takes off almost immediately and moves at a great pace throughout the film. The acting is flawless. Absolutely flawless. Not something completely unusual for a Kubrick film, but still. George C. Scott and Peter Sellers are amazing. Normally, I'm not too fond of Sellers, but here he was brilliant. The characters are well-written, diverse and interesting. The cinematography is great. Just like Kubrick's other films, this one has some very memorable scenes, one of which(the bomb-riding sequence) has been referenced and spoofed a huge number of times... possibly more times than any other sequence in Kubrick's films, which is quite impressive. The dialog is well-written, well-delivered and memorable. Plenty of quotable lines. I can't really say much more about the movie without ruining one or more of the innumerable great jokes... so I'll just suggest you see it. Seriously, if you enjoy Kubrick's sense of humor as seen limited in his other movies, you're going to enjoy this film. Maybe not as much as I did, but you'll most likely laugh. A lot. I recommend this to any fan of Kubrick, black comedies, Peter Sellers or just comedies with a dark basic theme to watch this. I can't praise it enough. See it, unless you are offended by the themes the film presents. You won't regret it. I know I didn't. Not by a long shot. Hilarious film with a provocative plot and basic idea. 10/10

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