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

  • PG
  • Stanley Kubrick (1963)
  • UK
  • 90 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Satirical comedy starring Peter Sellers and George C Scott. In the firm belief that his impotence is the result of a Soviet plot to poison the water supply of the "free world", General Jack D Ripper dispatches a squadron of nuclear-armed war planes to bomb Russia. It is the task of President Merkin Muffley, hidden deep in the Pentagon War Room, to sort out this little problem.

Cast and 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
Roy Stephens


Stanley Kubrick

Other Information

Black and White
Contains some swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG