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

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An insane American general orders a bombing attack on the Soviet Union, triggering 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
Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Col. 'Bat' Guano
Maj. 'King' Kong
Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky
Lt. Lothar Zogg
Miss Scott
Mr. Staines
Frank Berry ...
Lt. H.R. Dietrich
Adm. Randolph
Lt. Kivel (as Glen Beck)
Roy Stephens ...
Capt. 'Ace' Owens
Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Paul Tamarin ...
Lt. Goldberg
Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Gen. Faceman
John McCarthy ...
Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Cressey ...
War Room Aid (uncredited)
John Doye ...
War Room Aid (uncredited)
Peter Evans ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Chick Fowles ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Bob Head ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Bill Hibbert ...
Computer Room Officer (uncredited)
George Holdcroft ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Fred Machon ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Joe Phelps ...
General in War Room (uncredited)
Peter Roy ...
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Advisor in War Room (uncredited)
War Room Aide (uncredited)
Mandrake's Aide (uncredited)
Martin Voss ...
War Room Aid (uncredited)

Directed by

Stanley Kubrick

Written by

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
Lee Minoff ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Laurie Johnson ... (music)

Cinematography by

Gilbert Taylor ... director of photography

Editing by

Anthony Harvey ... film editor

Editorial Department

Geoffrey Fry ... assembly editor
Ray Lovejoy ... assistant editor
Roy Benson ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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
Michael Klaw ... second assistant director: locations (uncredited)

Art Department

Ken Barley ... apprentice plasterer (uncredited)
Tomi Ungerer ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

John Aldred ... dubbing mixer
Richard Bird ... recordist
John Cox ... sound supervisor
Leslie Hodgson ... sound editor
David de Wilde ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

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)
Doug Ferris ... matte camera (uncredited) / matte painter (uncredited)
Alan Maley ... visual effects artist (uncredited)


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

Camera and Electrical Department

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Bridget Sellers ... wardrobe

Script and Continuity Department

Pamela Carlton ... continuity

Additional Crew

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)
Alan Stuart ... body double: Peter Sellers (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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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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Also Known As
  • Dr. Strangelove (United Kingdom)
  • A Delicate Balance of Terror (United States)
  • Dr. Strangelove (United States)
  • Edge of Doom (United States)
  • Dr. Strangelove (Canada, English title)
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  • 95 min
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Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Peter Sellers was paid $1 million, 55% of the film's budget. Stanley Kubrick famously quipped "I got three for the price of six". See more »
Goofs Towards the end of the film, when Strangelove is fighting with his renegade right hand over control of his wheelchair and punches it several times out of frustration, the Russian Ambassador (Peter Bull) clearly corpses (laughs) at Peter Sellers' performance and then quickly regains his composure. 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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