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No Fighting in the War Room or Dr. Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat (2004)

A documentary about the historical context of 'Dr. Strangelove'


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Cast overview:
James B. Harris ... Himself (as James Harris)
Robert McNamara ... Himself
Bob Woodward ... Himself
Spike Lee ... Himself
Roger Ebert ... Himself
James Earl Jones ... Himself
Alexander Walker Alexander Walker ... Himself
Joseph McGrath Joseph McGrath ... Himself (as Joe McGrath)
Anthony Harvey ... Himself


A documentary about the historical context of 'Dr. Strangelove'

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28 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Featurette includes numerous clips from the film, never-before-seen production stills, and rare and never-before seen or heard material from the private collection of the star of "Dr. Strangelove", Peter Sellers. See more »

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A tad one-sided but very compelling--putting "Dr. Strangelove" in context.
13 March 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the first of four documentaries included on the bonus DVD for "Dr. Strangelove". Included are lots of clips from the film, various interviews (including, surprisingly, Robert McNamara), production stills and never before seen footage.

The documentary begins with a discussion of the context for the film. A discussion with McNamara in particular explaining the Berlin Crisis, Mutually Assured Destruction and the like occurs--which is excellent for younger viewers in order to put the feature in context. Then, others join in the discussion as clips for the film are interspersed. While it is a 'making of' film, it's much more of a film about the stupidity of nuclear war than anything else. During the documentary, various views are given ranging from Bob Woodward's sentiments that none of the White House staff he's known would actively pursue nuclear war versus Spike Lee's view that the Bush administration is about that irresponsible. It's a very interesting discussion that, unfortunately, represents only those on the left or center--making it a bit one-sided and incomplete. Still, it is compelling and very interesting.

By the way, it's sad watching Roger Ebert in this film as you can see and hear that he's already showing some of the early effects of his chemotherapy to his salivary glands. As he continues to recover, we can only wish him the best.

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