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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb -- Wickedly dark comedy features Peter Sellers (in three roles) in the midst of impending nuclear war.Co-stars George C. Scott.
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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Release Date:
29 January 1964 (USA) See more »
the hot-line suspense comedy
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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  (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:
Victor Harrington ... War Room Aide (uncredited)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Dr. Strangelove" - Australia (short title), UK (short title), USA (short title)
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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content, sexual humor and mild language (re-rating) (2004)
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | Argentina:16 (original rating) | 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?

Strangelove is said to have Americanized his name from Merkwuerdigliebe." This is a slight misspelling of the German term "Merkwuerdige Liebe", meaning "Strange love".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): De Sadesky claims that the doomsday device are large nuclear weapons that have been jacketed with a compound of Cobalt and Thorium. While Cobalt is indeed a first choice when making such a weapon, using Thorium makes no sense at all since it will not be activated by the blast to form any dangerous fallout.See more »
[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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74 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding, timeless classic!, 19 January 1999
Author: RufusT from Mpls., MN

One of the best films ever made, this remains timeless despite changes in technology, foreign policy and world politics; the military/political madness remains the same. Gets better all the time, with successive viewings and its luster has not dimmed since its first release.

With three show-stopping performances from Sellers (amongst his best work, if not THE BEST), and an unexpectedly hilarious turn by George C. Scott (if Sellers weren't SO dead on-target, Scott would easily steal the show), STRANGELOVE is filled with cartoonish, over-the-top characters that, despite the lunacy, still ring true. Special mention must be made for Sterling Heyden's controlled, brooding paranoia as General Jack D. Ripper. He's funny, he's scary.

All-in-all, a brilliant piece of work by all involved.

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