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

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Average Rating: 9.1/10
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Stanley Kubrick's brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.

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Stanley Kubrick's brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.

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In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove's jet-black satire (from a script by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a host of superb comic performances (including three from Peter Sellers) have kept the

Nov 2, 2004

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By a whopping margin, this is Kubrick's most radical film and greatest dramatic gamble.

May 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Like most of his work, Stanley Kubrick's deadly black satirical comedy-thriller on cold war madness and its possible effects (1964) has aged well.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Perhaps Kubrick's most perfectly realised film, simply because his cynical vision of the progress of technology and human stupidity is wedded with comedy.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (2)
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Stanley Kubrick's blackest of black comedies.

November 18, 2004
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Is Dr. Strangelove Kubrick's best movie? Along with Paths of Glory, absolutely.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (5)
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Of the many films considered great satire, only Dr. Strangelove holds up as a masterpiece with none of its bite removed.

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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The blackest black comedy ever made by a major Hollywood studio, and one of the funniest handful of films made in English.

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Because of its uncanny insight and frighteningly prescient satirical edge, Dr. Strangelove is a document of its time and also timeless. It held onto its relevancy by being bitter, cynical, and thinking absolutely the worst of people.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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One of the best, and funniest, screenplays ever written...

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
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[VIDEO ESSAY] "Dr. Strangelove" pokes fun at the idea of "mutually assured annihilation" and the dubious concept of "nuclear deterrents."

July 14, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Dr Strangelove is one of Stanley Kubrick's many masterpieces, one of the greatest films about the Cold War and one of the greatest comedies ever made.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Comments (3)
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Black comedy Kubrick classic for smart teens+.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (4)
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It's easily one of the director's best films of his somewhat controversial career.

June 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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... like a morbidly sick Looney Tunes short with its cartoon heroes struggling impotently to keep hold of a hot potato.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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Dr. Strangelove's status as the movie that confirmed both Stanley Kubrick's reputation and the arrival of beat-sick irreverence can no longer be retracted.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Kubrick nos presenteia com uma pérola de humor negro que critica acidamente as guerras e a mediocridade dos homens por trás destas.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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The funniest film ever made about nuclear holocaust...

October 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
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[A] supremely ironic comedy on the possibility of nuclear annihilation.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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The whole thing is a bit too contemptuous of our defense system for my comfort and taste, wrote NY Times critic Crowther, showing that Kubrick's dark satire was so ahead of its time that critics didn't know what to make of it.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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It's as startling today as it was then. Catch it now before it becomes too relevant to be funny again.

October 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comment (1)
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'Purity of essence'.... Superbly crafted satire that's neocon fresh to this day.

April 15, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
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Sound funny? It is.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
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Audience Reviews for Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove is part of the vast collection of Stanley Kubrick's greatest films, and goes down, as the greatest film about the cold war and nuclear scare, which the world has ever seen, combining comedy and a real fright perfectly.

Strangelove, or, "How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb", tells the story of what could happen if the US nuclear programme went wrong. Based around the fears of many Americans, and much of the Western World, at the height of the cold war, a US air force general, who is the only one who has the codes to launch and bring back a fleet of planes carrying nuclear weapons, goes mad, and orders his entire fleet to attack the Soviet Union.

As the story unfolds we see the pure exceptional talents of Sellers in three characters, the bumbling British RAF pilot, Lionel Mandrake, the worried and hysterical US President, and the former, (perhaps still), Nazi weapon specialist, Dr Strangelove.

Through each of these characters, alongside marvellous acting from George C. Scott and Peter Bull, we see the fleet of H-Bombs draw closer to the USSR from four different perspectives, as the possibility of a nuclear war draws ever closer.

Released to cinemas just a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, where the world came closer to nuclear war than ever before, Kubrick, in all his wit and talent, took a very real possibility, exposing the weaknesses of the safeguards of nuclear warfare, and made audiences laugh with joy, despite the fact the event could have happened just later that afternoon.

With Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and the direction of Stanley Kubrick, the film makes for an incredibly entertaining ride, where we are taken along with each of the characters, and allowing us to look right into the weaknesses of the nuclear programme.

The acting of each and every character is purely fantastic, and a quality which most people would find hard to top. The cinematography, in the style of a documentary like handheld camera, adds to the realism, whilst at the same time, adding to the ridiculous and humorous connotations of a nuclear war breaking out.

The script, based on a serious novel called Red Alert, was adapted perfectly for the funny and sharp style Kubrick was aiming for, balancing moments of serious action and tension, with the laugh out loud moments following straight after.

It is hard not to laugh at the fantastic film which Kubrick has produced. Whilst it may be more than 50 years old, and the cold war has come to an end many years ago, Dr Strangelove still impacts on audiences today, in the same way it did in 1964. A fantastically funny, brilliantly acted, and exceptionally directed story, which only the master team of Sellers, Scott and Kubrick could achieve.
July 11, 2014
Adam Kelly

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I never would have thought that such a simple story and such simple situations could turn into such a loveable film. As the military plans nuclear war it's almost as if the cameras have been placed around the board of directors as the plan attacks. The conversations are so well plotted out that it seemed as though I was watching a documentary in moments. I haven't seen that many war films, and although this is less of a man-to-man combat sort of war film and more of a dialogue driven plan execution with extremely intense character motifs throughout, I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. It's a basic film with a lot of effort and I strongly comment Kubrick for that! "Dr. Strangelove" is a great class film!
June 3, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Dr. Strangelove is a brilliant satire that pokes fun at the bomb scare and is still amusing by today's standards.
March 5, 2013
Daniel Lermenator

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Not Kubrick's best, but even then a wonderfully filmed and written satire.
August 26, 2012
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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    1. President Merkin Muffley: Gentlemen! you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Dr. Strangelove: Mein Fuhrer, I can walk.
    – Submitted by M'hamed D (19 months ago)
    1. President Merkin Muffley: General Turgidson. it is the avowed policy of our nation never to strike first with nuclear weapons!
    2. Gen. Buck Turgidson: Well sir, I would say that General Ripper has already invalidated THAT policy!
    – Submitted by John B (20 months ago)
    1. Dr. Strangelove: The whole point of the doomsday machine is lost... if you [President Muffley] keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?!
    – Submitted by Jacob H (22 months ago)
    1. Lt. Lothar Zogg: Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American People than with your image in the history books.
    – Submitted by Nik M (24 months ago)
    1. President Merkin Muffley: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is a war room!
    – Submitted by Venkatesh S (2 years ago)
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