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


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An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

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Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove
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Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
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Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
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Col. 'Bat' Guano
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Maj. 'King' Kong
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Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky
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Lt. Lothar Zogg
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Miss Scott
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Mr. Staines
Frank Berry ...
Lt. Dietrich
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Adm. Randolph
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Lt. Kivel (as Glen Beck)
Roy Stephens ...
Frank
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Capt. 'Ace' Owens
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Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Paul Tamarin ...
Lt. Goldberg
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Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
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Gen. Faceman
John McCarthy ...
Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
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Peter Evans ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Chick Fowles ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
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War Room Aide (uncredited)
Bill Hibbert ...
Computer Room Officer (uncredited)
George Holdcroft ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Fred Machon ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Peter Roy ...
War Room Aid (uncredited)
Jeff Silk ...
Advisor in War Room (uncredited)
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War Room Aide (uncredited)
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Mandrake' aide (uncredited)

Directed by

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Stanley Kubrick

Written by

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Stanley Kubrick ... (screenplay) &
Terry Southern ... (screenplay) &
Peter George ... (screenplay)
 
Peter George ... (based on the book: "Red Alert" by)

Produced by

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Stanley Kubrick ... producer
Victor Lyndon ... associate producer
Leon Minoff ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Laurie Johnson ... (music)

Cinematography by

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Gilbert Taylor ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Anthony Harvey ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Geoffrey Fry ... assembly editor
Ray Lovejoy ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Ken Adam

Art Direction by

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Peter Murton

Makeup Department

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Stuart Freeborn ... makeup artist (as Stewart Freeborn)
Barbara Ritchie ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Clifton Brandon ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Eric Rattray ... assistant director

Sound Department

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John Aldred ... dubbing mixer
Richard Bird ... recordist
John Cox ... sound supervisor
Leslie Hodgson ... sound editor

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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)

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Vic Margutti ... travelling matte
Jim Body ... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Cuff ... matte painter (uncredited)
Doug Ferris ... matte camera (uncredited) / matte painter (uncredited)

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Alan Stuart ... stunt double: Peter Sellers (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bernard Ford ... camera assistant
Kelvin Pike ... camera operator
Bob Penn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Michael Walter ... key grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bridget Sellers ... wardrobe

Other crew

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper of Burpelson Air Force Base, believing that fluoridation of the American water supply is a Soviet plot to poison the U.S. populace, is able to deploy through a back door mechanism a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the knowledge of his superiors, including the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Buck Turgidson, and President Merkin Muffley. Only Ripper knows the code to recall the B-52 bombers and he has shut down communication in and out of Burpelson as a measure to protect this attack. Ripper's executive officer, RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (on exchange from Britain), who is being held at Burpelson by Ripper, believes he knows the recall codes if he can only get a message to the outside world. Meanwhile at the Pentagon War Room, key persons including Muffley, Turgidson and nuclear scientist and adviser, a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove, are discussing measures to stop the attack or mitigate its blow-up into an all out nuclear war with the Soviets. Against Turgidson's wishes, Muffley brings Soviet Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky into the War Room, and get his boss, Soviet Premier Dimitri Kisov, on the hot line to inform him of what's going on. The Americans in the War Room are dismayed to learn that the Soviets have an as yet unannounced Doomsday Device to detonate if any of their key targets are hit. As Ripper, Mandrake and those in the War Room try and work the situation to their end goal, Major T.J. "King" Kong, one of the B-52 bomber pilots, is working on his own agenda of deploying his bomb where ever he can on enemy soil if he can't make it to his intended target. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The comedy classic from celebrated director STANLEY KUBRICK See more »
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Also Known As
  • A Delicate Balance of Terror (United States)
  • Dr. Strangelove (United States)
  • Edge of Doom (United States)
  • Dr. Strangelove (United Kingdom)
  • Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (World-wide, English title)
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  • 95 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,751, 17 Jul 1994

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film led to actual changes in policy to ensure that the events depicted could never really occur in real life. See more »
Goofs After Major Kong lists the contents of the emergency ration kits, he says "Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good time in Vegas with all that stuff." His lips are saying Dallas instead of Vegas. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas shortly after filming was completed, and the producers did not want to remind anyone of sad events during a joke. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hai-Kubrick (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Try a Little Tenderness See more »
Crazy Credits The screenplay title is incorrectly spelled. It reads: 'Base' on the book "Red Alert" by Peter George. This is pointed out on the DVD supplement about the making of the film. See more »
Quotes President Merkin Muffley: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
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