Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content, sexual humor and mild language

Sex & Nudity

  • There are pictures of women in their underwear on the inside of the safe door in the B-52.
  • A multitude of subliminal sexual connotation
  • A person talks about something he discovered in doing the physical act of love.
  • A woman is shown standing around in a bikini for an extended period.
  • A man talks about women taking his "essence". (Semen)

Violence & Gore

  • Scenes of war violence are shown, and some people are shown getting shot and killed.
  • To stop an insane general's attempt to start a world war, troops from another base are sent to storm his base. As the paranoid commander has told his own troops that the incoming troops are Warsaw troops in disguise, they violently resist. No blood is shown.
  • There are scenes of nuclear explosions.
  • There is also a suicide, not shown on screen. It is almost a punchline.


  • Very mild profanities such as 'damn'.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Sterling Hayden's character (General Ripper) frequently has a cigar in his mouth.
  • Characters are shown smoking cigars.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some of the black humor can be especially dark and bleak.
  • This is a black comedy about accidental use of atomic bombs. Some scenes of nuclear explosions could be frightening or intense.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • At the end, Dr. Strangelove suggests that after the nuclear explosion to restore the population there will have to be a ratio of 10 women to each men, much to many of the men's approval.

Violence & Gore

  • A man in the cowboy hat rise of a nuclear bomb and it's implied that he dies painfully

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Although this is supposed to be comical. A man is seen riding the nuclear bomb (famous scene) near the end of the movie. The scene ends before the bomb explodes. It's not shown that the guy explodes with the bomb, though it can be frightening for younger viewers.
  • The ending of the film depicts most of humanity being completely obliterated in hundreds of nuclear explosions. It is one of the most famous movie endings in history, but it might still be disturbing to the uninformed or those who haven't considered the possibility of this happening.
  • The ending is very depressing.

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