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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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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 13 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 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:
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
There are oblique references to the Soviets' "Tsar Bomba" project in regards to the Doomsday Machine: The Ambassador laments his citizens' wanting, among other things, "more nylons" and the political difficulty this presented to defense spending. It is alleged that construction of the retardation parachute for the tested bomb's air drop disrupted the Soviet hosiery industry for months in order to secure enough material. Dr. Strangelove says "When you only wish to bury bombs there is no limit to the size". The manufactured test bomb was so large and heavy that no early 1960s vintage strategic bomber was capable of carrying it without substantial modifications impacting speed, range and radar-eluding capabilities. Its utility as a strategic weapon was therefore so severely limited as to render it negligible. Announcement of the Doomsday Machine was supposed to be announced at a coming party conference because "the Premier loves surprises". The Tsar Bomba test took place during what was supposed to be a several year nuclear test suspension between the US and USSR.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): De Sadesky says that the fallout from the doomsday device has a half-life of 93 years, but then he also says that the fallout would circle Earth for 93 years. This is a contradiction: half-life is the time it takes for radiation to be halved, not completely dissipated. It is common however for people to confuse these concepts, and the dissipation time for the fallout from a nuclear weapon salted with cobalt is indeed about a century.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:
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FAQ

What was the Russian Ambassador doing with that little contraption at the end of the movie?
What was an old Nazi doing in America?
How was the doomsday device triggered?
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262 out of 304 people found the following review useful.
Laughing at Fear, 14 August 1998
Author: Sickfrog from Norfolk, VA

What makes this film so powerful is the message that it made at the time of its release. This film came out at a height of paranoia of the nuclear age and the Cold War, right around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This film depicts a horrible, tragic incident in which a breach in the government and a few diplomatic mistakes result in nuclear holocaust. So, why didn't this film inspire panic? Because of the brilliant way in which Kubrick presents it... as a satire. The scariest thing about this film in retrospect is not how it depicts the impending doom of the Cold War, but how it makes you laugh at it. By presenting it with humor, it conveys just how much of a farce the nuclear arms race was in real life. And I don't think that any other film has captured the absurdity of war nearly as well as this one has. And I am not likely to believe that one ever will. In my opinion, Kubrick has never made a better film since. And kudos to George C. Scott for his astounding performance, as well as Peter Sellers for the most versatile acting I've seen from an actor in one film, and to Sterling Hayden, for performing the most serious, yet the most hilarious role in film with perfect accuracy. Beware of fluoridation!

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