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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 »
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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:
Subtle and Symbolic See more (788 total) »

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)
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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
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Trivia:
According to Christiane Kubrick in her 2002 book "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures," her husband Stanley Kubrick often played chess with George C. Scott on the set between setups. Kubrick, renowned as a master-level chess player who used to hustle other players in his youth in New York City, outclassed Scott as a player and easily beat him, which had the effect of winning Scott's admiration for the director and keeping the famously volatile actor (who was only a few months younger than Kubrick) focused during the down-time.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The accent of the "Russian" ambassador is incorrect to the point that a native Russian-speaker would have difficulty understanding his "Russian".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:
Referenced in Color Me Kubrick (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Try a Little TendernessSee more »

FAQ

Why would the Ambassador be taking pictures if he knew the world was about to end?
Does anyone actually believe fluoridation is an evil plot to rule the world?
What was the doomsday device?
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99 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
Subtle and Symbolic, 11 February 2003
Author: reaper1800 from Sumatra

Entertainment Weekly called this one of the funniest 100 movies ever made. It also happens to be one of the most disturbing movies made. The humor is right there in your face, however, there is always an underlining political critique under every character, every line, and every government representation. Slim Pickins is the never quit Airman. He is a representative of our entire military system of the time. The president, played beautifully by Peter Sellers, is a demure, calm presence trying to deal with the Russian premiere. His perfect counterpart is a war hungry General, ready to accuse the Russians of any small infraction. This leads to one of the funniest lines in the whole movie. Sellers also plays a British airman who has to deal with the crazed general in the usual polite British manner. Seller's third role is that of the title character, Dr. Strangelove, a former nazi and weapons designer for the Americans. He represents the scientific community of that time period; those who worked tirelessly to build a better bomb. These characters, all of them strongly parodying a cross section of society make for an odd story. The final scene, while played for laughs, is actually a frightening image of a communist future. The final moments are frightening in their truth leading one to put themselves in a position of the characters. Dr. Strangelove is the funniest disturbing film I've ever seen.

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