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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) &
Terry Southern (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 January 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Frighteningly hilarious See more (798 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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Additional Details

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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
The War Room contains a large table of food because Stanley Kubrick intended to end the film with a custard pie fight between the Russians and the Americans. He decided not to use the footage because he found it too farcical to fit with the satirical nature of the rest of the film. The only known public showing of the pie fight scene was at the 1999 screening of the film at London's National Film Theatre, following Kubrick's death.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: General Turgidson learns from his secretary, Miss Scott, of General Ripper's ordered attack on the USSR at 3 a.m. Washington D.C. time. However, the concurrent scenes at Burpleson Air Force base (somewhere in the Western United States) take place in the daytime.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
When Johnny Comes Marching HomeSee more »

FAQ

What was the Russian Ambassador doing with that little contraption at the end of the movie?
How did the doomsday device work, anyway?
What was the doomsday device?
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222 out of 302 people found the following review useful.
Frighteningly hilarious, 14 October 2000
Author: archyon from Israel

This movie is possibly the best comedy ever made, only with one fact against it: it's not very "comical". Hilarious? Yes. Comical? Absolutely not. The horrors of the nuclear war caused by a simple mistake materialize before us, directed with skill by the late maestro, Kubrick.

There are simply not enough words to describe Peter Sellers's BRILLIANT performance in three roles: A british officer, the U.S president and Dr. Strangelove. He is hilarious as the british officer, with his wonderful accent, gloomy and neurotic as the president and simply insane as Dr. Strangelove.

Also note that this movie includes a performance by very young James Earl Jones, who we now all know as the voice behind Darth Vader.

The ending scene is also a masterpiece.

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