Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1964, Comedy, 1h 33m

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

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A film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and it played the situation for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people.

Cast & Crew

Peter Sellers
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, Dr. Strangelove
George C. Scott
Gen. "Buck" Turgidson
Keenan Wynn
Col. "Bat" Guano
Slim Pickens
Major T. J. "King" Kong
Peter Bull
Ambassador de Sadesky
Tracy Reed
Miss Scott
James Earl Jones
Lt. Lothar Zogg
Jack Creley
Mr. Staines
Frank Berry
Lt. H.R. Dietrich
Glenn Beck
Lt. W.D. Kivel
Shane Rimmer
Captain G. A. "Ace" Owens
Paul Tamarin
Lt. B. Goldberg
Gordon Tanner
General Faceman
Robert O'Neil
Admiral Randolph
Laurence Herder
Burpelson AFB Defense Team member
John McCarthy
Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Hal Galili
Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member
Sterling Hayden
Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Stanley Kubrick
Screenwriter
Terry Southern
Screenwriter
Peter George
Screenwriter
Victor Lyndon
Associate Producer
Leon Minoff
Executive Producer
Laurie Johnson
Original Music
Gilbert Taylor
Cinematographer
Ken Adam
Production Designer
Peter Murton
Art Direction
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup Artist
Barbara Ritchie
Hair Stylist
Clifton Brandon
Production Manager
Eric Rattray
Assistant Director
Leslie Hodgson
Sound Editor
Ray Lovejoy
Assistant Editor
Kelvin Pike
Camera Operator
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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (2)

  • Age has not withered that final queasy nightmare of the mushroom clouds, set to Vera Lynn's hopeful We'll Meet Again - underscoring how the certainties of the second world war ceased to hold their meaning in the nuclear age.

    May 15, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Nothing would seen to be farther apart than nuclear war and comedy, yet Kubrick's caper eloquently tackles a Fail-Safe subject with a light touch.

    April 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Kubrick has shown before that he is a director of rare gifts. Dr. Strangelove brings them into full realization.

    January 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Of the many films considered great satire, only Dr. Strangelove holds up as a masterpiece with none of its bite removed.

    August 7, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • I think this is a film I will need to see again especially for the Sellars performances. But I really hope the opening scroll is correct and nothing like this can ever actually happen.

    March 24, 2021 | Full Review…
  • While still politically relevant, the Cold War audiences of the '60s were better primed to welcome the irony.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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  • May 05, 2016
    I don't really understand why this movie is called "Dr. Strangelove" as the character of Dr. Strangelove only appears in a few minutes in the actual movie. But with that cast aside I must say that this was a very entertaining movie. I can see myself in the future watching this movie a couple more times, just to get off a few hours of my time. Stanley Kubrick have always been very good at getting the audience to care about, not only the stories, but the character's as well. And while this movie doesn't have a whole lot of characters, it still has a few that we can find enjoyment in. Peter Sellars is really good in this movie as he takes on the hard job of playing three very different characters in the movie, but out of all of them, I must say that Dr. Strangelove was the weirdest of them and the proud Englisman Lionel Mandrake was the most enjoyable one of them. He is joined by a rich supporting cast who helps the movie along, but in the end, it is Sellars and Kubrick's movie. A very entertaining and great movie.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2015
    Dr. Strangelove has a dated yet classic 50s/60s feel to the filmmaking and acting, and it also has timeless comedic appeal. Perhaps the degree of its humor has increased, since what was absurd then seems even more so now. The action moves along and switches between the three locations, without going on (much) too long in any scene. The length of the film is just right -- perfect for a laugh on a Saturday afternoon.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2014
    Kubrick's ingenious satire on the Cold War is daring, smart, and aged notably well.
    Bryce I Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2013
    Strangelove is a madcap ride through the irrational nature of the Cold War. Sellers is his usual marvelous self. It is stupidity revealed.
    John B Super Reviewer

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