Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Stanley Kubrick (1963)

90min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Is this the way the world ends - not with a bang but a simper? Stanley Kubrick's ferocious Cold War satire makes us smile through gritted teeth as unhinged general Sterling Hayden sends a squadron of nuclear bombers to attack Russia and trigger an apocalypse-laden doomsday machine. Peter Sellers's three performances - bemused airman, befuddled president and crazed US Nazi adviser, re-armed by the prospect of world annihilation - spiral from gentle humour to surreal horror. The scenes in which Hayden raves about "bodily fluids" and Pentagon general George C Scott rants about statistical deaths were obviously inspired by Sellers's genius. Kubrick's unsparing disgust with our warlike instincts was never so obvious - or so grimly comic.

Summary

An insane general brings the world to the brink of disaster by launching a nuclear attack on Russia. As the president strives to avert the crisis and a British officer tries to bring the general to his senses, a crazed Nazi scientist prepares his plans for life after the war. Stanley Kubrick's satirical comedy, starring Peter Sellers in three roles, alongside Sterling Hayden, George C Scott and Slim Pickens.

Cast & Crew

Group Captain Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr Strangelove Peter Sellers
General "Buck" Turgidson George C Scott
General Jack D Ripper Sterling Hayden
Colonel "Bat" Guano Keenan Wynn
Major TJ "King" Kong Slim Pickens
Ambassador de Sadesky Peter Bull
Miss Scott Tracy Reed
Lieutenant Lothar Zogg James Earl Jones
Mr Staines Jack Creley
Lieutenant H R Dietrich Frank Berry
Lieutenant W D Kivel Glenn Beck
Captain G A "Ace" Owens Shane Rimmer
Lieutenant B Goldberg Paul Tamarin
General Faceman Gordon Tanner
Admiral Randolph Robert O'Neil
Frank Roy Stephens
Director Stanley Kubrick
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Guidance: Contains some swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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