Dr. Strangelove war movie
Dr. Strangelove war movie

Dr. Strangelove (1964, United States)

Original / alternative title: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Categories: political moviesaircraft moviesmilitary base movies

Running time: 94 minutes

Language: English


RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake receives phone call from his superior, American Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper, who gives him the order to pass the code to Strategic Air Command 843rd Bomb Wing to perform Wing Attack Plan R and break all the communications. The B-52 bombers of the 843rd wing are currently in-flight, armed with nuclear bombs, when the executive order reaches their crews first reaction is surprise. Major TJ ’King’ Kong, commander of one of the bombers, personally checks if the order codes are confirmed and sets course for his target from Wing Attack Plan R manual - deep inside the Soviet Union territory. Meanwhile Captain Mandrake discovers that order to attack was not given by the Pentagon and faces General Ripper, who admits that he was acting on his own initiative and locks them both inside his office in base that is in state of lock-down. When American president is briefed in the war room about the situation it seems that nuclear holocaust is inevitable - General Ripper is the only person, who can turn the bomber around, but he cut off any forms of communication. With no other options President Muffley decides to contact the Soviets...

Classic Stanley Kubrick Cold War satire that shows how the concept of mutual assured destruction that would stop any wars was flawed - in every scenario human element is the factor that will lead to inevitable annihilation and the human element will be the only thing that could stop it. Screenplay was based on novel Red Alert by Peter George, that was also a basis (although it lead to a lawsuit - see trivia) for Fail-Safe Cold War drama that also premiered in 1964. Comparing to Fail-Safe the overtones are basically the same, the concept is identical, but Dr. Strangelove is a comedy-drama, while Fail-Safe is pure drama.




Our rating

5.6

Film value

10 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy

1 / 5



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Stanley Kubrick

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Terry Southern

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Cast of Dr. Strangelove

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Peter Sellers

as Group Captain Lionel Mandrake


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Peter Sellers

as President Merkin Muffley


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Peter Sellers

as Dr. Strangelove


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George C. Scott

as General Buck Turgidson


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Sterling Hayden

as Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper


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Slim Pickens

as Major TJ ’King’ Kong


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Peter Bull

as Soviet Ambassador Alexei de Sadeski


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Keenan Wynn

as Colonel Bat Guano


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as Lieutenant Lothar Zogg


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Tracy Reed

as Miss Scott


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Events depicted in Dr. Strangelove

Cold War (1953-1991)







Dr. Strangelove trivia


John Wayne

The part of Major TJ ’King’ Kong was originally written for John Wayne to play it, but Wayne turned it down without hesitation. Wayne was well known for his pro-militaristic views, so it is hard to believe that he was even offered part in movie presenting such strong anti-war message.



Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers played three characters, including Dr. Strangelove, which was not the first such case in his career, but this movie became the icon of his talents as comedian.



Red Alert novel

While 1964 Cold War drama Fail-Safe was based on the novel of the same title Stanley Kubrick sued the producers of Fail-Safe claiming that the book Fail-Safe was plagiarism of the Red Alert novel that was basis for Dr. Strangelove.





Dr. Strangelove quotes


President Merkin Muffley:
Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the war room.


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