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

PG | | Comedy, War | 29 January 1964 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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. Dietrich
... Adm. Randolph
... Lt. Kivel (as Glen Beck)
Roy Stephens ... Frank
... Capt. 'Ace' Owens
... Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
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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 ... Written by Huggo

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The wild hot-line suspense comedy. See more »

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Comedy | War

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content, sexual humor and mild language | See all certifications »

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29 January 1964 (USA)  »

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A Delicate Balance of Terror  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,751, 17 July 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,440,272, 31 December 1994
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1.66 : 1
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It is the only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to win any Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

The first time we see the War Room, there's a binder in front of General Turgidson where the spine reads "World Targets in Megadeath". Its position changes during the long scene, and at one point we can view the contents, and the binder is empty. See more »

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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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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 »

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We'll Meet Again
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
Performed by Vera Lynn and chorus at the end
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Outstanding, timeless classic!
19 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

One of the best films ever made, this remains timeless despite changes in technology, foreign policy and world politics; the military/political madness remains the same. Gets better all the time, with successive viewings and its luster has not dimmed since its first release.

With three show-stopping performances from Sellers (amongst his best work, if not THE BEST), and an unexpectedly hilarious turn by George C. Scott (if Sellers weren't SO dead on-target, Scott would easily steal the show), STRANGELOVE is filled with cartoonish, over-the-top characters that, despite the lunacy, still ring true. Special mention must be made for Sterling Heyden's controlled, brooding paranoia as General Jack D. Ripper. He's funny, he's scary.

All-in-all, a brilliant piece of work by all involved.


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