Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

Through a series of military and political accidents, a pair of psychotic senior military officers — U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) and Joint Chiefs of Staff General “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott) — hatch an ingenious, foolproof, and irrevocable plan to unleash a wing of B-52 bombers and their nuclear payloads on strategic targets inside Russia. And when the brains behind the scheme, Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist with bizarre ideas about man’s future, accidentally activates the bombing mission, the President of the United States (Peter Sellers) is unable to stop it. Although he knows the secret code to stop the mission, the Royal Air Force’s Group Captain Mandrake (Peter Sellers) isn’t much help since he’s come under attack at a U.S. Air Force base by a group of U.S. paratroopers who’ve been accidentally activated, too. So, despite all efforts to recall him, Major T. J. “King” Kong (Slim Pickens) personally sees his bombing mission to its fateful conclusion, even as the Russian Ambassador (Peter Bull) is summoned to the White House in hopes of averting a crisis and preventing the activation of the “Doomsday” machine. But the inevitable comes to pass as the efforts of the Pentagon brass and all the politicians in Moscow and Washington cannot undo the cascading series of cataclysmic events.

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  1. Great dark comedy in the middle of a great darkness. Guess we need a new Kubrick movie with Peter Sellers on the fall of the US to christian authoritarianism. Go dig them up. They have rested long enough.

  2. Will you get Premier Kissoff….


    This movie is treated partly as a comedy now in this day and age. Satire in other ways. But reducing a deadly serious existential problem into "There is something very silly that's happened" is a masterstroke. This movie warroom as shown is a fabrication as was the NORAD in the 83 release of Wargames using old surplus 50's era computers powered up for theater among other things. The other film Fail Safe was a nail biter.

    I must cringe however. 50 plus years divides our current wokeism thats infecting our Services through and through versus the old Commie better dead than red doctrine back then. So its a really bad mess.

    It was wonderful to hear the water injected Jet engines from that era among other pre emissions crap today. Glorious. Takes me straight back.

    When you enter some of the characters across the spectrum of their difficulties dealing with the reality in question in various ways is really absorbing acting by all of them. Done very well.

    In those days of the 60's we had approximately 48 NIKE Nuclear Missile Batteries around Baltimore and Washington, Detriot had 36. San Fran another 24 and so on. Supposing the RU bombers showed up. Well the NIKEs would have done some damage and then the fallout from those will have killed millions that they were trying to defend for a hundred miles or more. So it would have been a mess.

    You could blissfully live your life and never learn about "A very silly thing happened" at some point in nuclear war things. That is a blessing.

  3. General "Buck" Turgidson was not part of General Ripper's plan to release the bombers on their mission to bomb the Soviet Union, as is erroneously described in the summary above. I have to wonder if the writer of that summary has actually seen the movie.

  4. 49:47 "A legal cloud of radioactivity which……" = What I hear Peter Bull saying.
    "An evil cloud of radioactivity which……" = imdb Quotes
    "A lethal cloud of radioactivity which……" = What Peter Bull should have said (and what imdb should read)

  5. I originally watched this in the 1960s when I was really too young to understand everything.
    My parents were shall I say permissive (?).
    Anyway another classic Kubrick film.
    And today is equally strange and bizzare, at least from this US citizens viewpoint.
    I'm sure there are others out there.
    I hope.

  6. Somewhere around 36:2036:25, watch Slim Pickens as he says line," Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff. "
    That line was dubbed in after. Originally the line used Dallas instead of Vegas…because in between shooting and the release of the film in early 1964, Jfk was assassinated..on a weekend in Dallas.
    I always thought there was something off about that line, now I know why

  7. This movie came out the year I was born, I'd heard about it my whole life but I'd never seen it. Now I have and I get what all the fuss was about.
    Brilliant film.
    It's entirely possible that both of the airplanes in the opening credits are still in service today, with some upgrades, nearly 60 years later and could outlive anyone reading this post in 2022.
    Those airframes are immortal.✌️🖖

  8. I love this movie. Somone told me once that kubrick made the table in the war room with green felt so it would look like a poker table and give the appearence this was all just being treated as a game. Then he said somone on the set asked why he was doing it in black and white and kubrick said something like the audience wont see it but the actors will.

    Cant remember where i got it so dont trust me on that.

  9. epigram: 49:00 our source was the new york times …
    funniest darkest moment: when the door to the bathroom won’t open for mandrake. 🙊

    note: pilot does say dallas rather than vegas, read his lips.

    thanks to God (? 😉 for this becoming free just as i wanted to see it. google a.i., if you get the credit, keep it up please! 🤍

    more holes in us than a horse trader’s mule 🤣

  10. I wish there could be a GOOD prequel history of Dr. Strangelove. When I was a young man I worked in a large BBQ restaurant in Mississippi. One day I turned the a corner and saw a tall man with tall, bushy sandy blonde hair. He had dark glasses and walked on a cane (he wasn’t blind.) That man looked like Dr. Strangelove from 20 years previous. There and then I had the idea for a Dr. Merkwürdigliebe prequel! I wish some independent film maker would create the history of Strangelove: What happened with his arm, how he survived the war, how he became a citizen.

  11. Based on a novel titled "Red Alert". The Wikipedia article says Kubrick was afraid that the film "Fail Safe" was very similar (though not a comedy) and would steal "Strangelove"'s thunder. He pulled strings to get his studio to buy "Fail Safe" and have its release delayed until after "Strangelove". That would probably make an interesting story in itself.

  12. …well I've been to an ice-cream social, a dog and pony show, and a one legged ass kickin' contest; and no matter how you try, you can't help but love Slim Pickens in this…

  13. I am so very happy to this finally free on YouTube..however,I canot agree with the breif synopsis of the story given above.. the plot was solely the idea of Col.Ripper… Turgidson simply rolled along with it… Strangelove rolled along with it as well because 1( it is his nature and 2) it goes along with his former efforts on world domination by the Nazi's… nobody "accidentally" activated the mission… it was planned and executed by Col. Ripper….

  14. I remember seeing this during its first run. Some years later, I was in the audience of a West Coast comedy talk-show, hosted by radio personalities, Al Lohman and Roger Barkley. One of their guests was Slim Pickens. He revealed that the shooting in England was the first time he had left the U.S. Further, he couldn't memorize the complex scenes in the B-52, so Kubrick had someone off-camera read his lines into his earphones for him to repeat the mils-speak.

  15. Some things to think about:
    As of 2022 constitutionally the only person in the USA with the authority to order a nuclear strike is the POTUS. He has the authority to order such strike at any time against any target for any reason. The only restriction on such order is an identity check. There doesn't even need to be a sanity check. Once the identity and authorization codes are confirmed the chain of command is required to carry out the order.
    Commanders are not able to carry out a nuclear attack without the codes passed down the chain of command directly from the top… with the exception of ballistic missile submarines. Because of the nature of their stealth they have all the means necessary to carry out an independent launch without direct communication back up top.

    These 'fail-safe' measures are some of the top reasons why the 'doomsday clock' has been only minutes from midnight pretty much since it was first publicized

  16. 33:22 'Modest and acceptable civilian casualties…' If you want to be completely cynical and monstrously inhuman an all-out nuclear strike on the USSR in the early 1960s would still have been possible. Despite propaganda their arsenal and their delivery capabilities were less than 10 percent that of the USA at the time. Sure the 'Cuban' missile crisis (call it what it was: the 'Turkish' missile crisis since we planted our missiles first) brought us to the brink of great devastation but the 20 million US casualties (about 10-15% of US population at the time) sacrificed to completely annihilate the USSR is not an unrealistic estimate.


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