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A Previous Satirical Presentation
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Friday the 15th of November

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Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
--President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers)


UK: 1964 -- Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Written by Peter George, Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern
Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickins, and introducing James Earl Jones

Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines.
--George C. Scott as General "Buck" Turgidson


Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr. Strangelove is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed "with the purity of precious bodily fluids," mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so-called Doomsday Device, and the world hangs in the balance while the U.S. president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart. Sellers also plays a British military attaché and the mad bomb-maker Dr. Strangelove; George C. Scott is outrageously frantic as General Buck Turgidson, whose presidential advice consists mainly of panic and statistics about acceptable losses. With dialogue ("You can't fight here! This is the war room!") and images (Slim Pickens's character riding the bomb to oblivion) that have become a part of our cultural vocabulary, Kubrick's film regularly appears on critics' lists of the all-time best.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a ride on a thermonuclear bomb!

Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove General Turgidson sharing his insights on the Commies

Awards

Voted #11 on the Internet Movie Database Top 250 Movies

Nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Kubrick), Best Actor (Pter Sellers), and Best Adapted Screenplay

Won British Oscar for Best Film

Won Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation

Won Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy

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Memorable Quotes

[Strangelove admits that he investigated making a doomsday machine.] Dr. Strangelove: Based on the findings of the report, my conclusion was that this idea was not a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious.

General "Buck" Turgidson: Mr. President, you can't just let the Russian Ambassador in the war room! He-he might see the Big Board!

General "Buck" Turgidson: If the pilot's good, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that thing in so low, oh it's a sight to see. You wouldn't expect it with a big ol' plane like a '52, but varrrooom! The jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenceau once said about war?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: No, I don't think I do, sir, no.
General Jack D. Ripper: He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

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Trivia

Peter Sellers was cast in four roles, but experienced problems when trying to develop a Texas accent for Major T. J. "King" Kong. After Sellers coincidentally broke his leg, Kubrick was forced to find another actor. Convinced that nobody could have acted the part as well as Sellers, Kubrick decided to cast someone who naturally fit the role. Remembering his work on the western One-Eyed Jacks (1961), Kubrick cast Slim Pickens as Kong, the gung-ho hick pilot determined to drop his bombs at any cost. Pickens was never shown the script nor told it was a black comedy; ordered by Kubrick to play it straight, he played the role as if it were a serious drama - with amusing results.

Some references show the date of this film as 1963. Its world premiere was scheduled for December 12, 1963, but following John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, it was felt to be inappropriate to release such a film so soon afterwards, so it was not shown until January 1964. In addition, Major Kong's comment about the survival kit ("a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff") originally referred to Dallas instead of Las Vegas, but was overdubbed after President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.

The stock footage shown in the opening credits (a suggestive image of refueling military aircraft) was also used in Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964).

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Goofs

Burpelson Air Force Base is in daylight throughout the incident, and yet in Washington DC it is 3am. Although Burpelson could be in Alaska, in which case this is feasible. Just.

After the bomber is 10 miles from the target, it takes almost four minutes to advance three miles more, giving an impossibly low speed of about 45mph.

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The Title Shot The War Room