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

 


 

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Genre: Drama,Thriller

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
   
Release Date: 29 January 1964 (USA)
Country: UK
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast:
  • Peter Sellers
  • George C. Scott
  • Sterling Hayden
  • Keenan Wynn
  • Slim Pickens
  • Peter Bull
  • James Earl Jones
  • Tracy Reed
  • Jack Creley
  • Frank Berry
  • Robert O'Neil
  • Glenn Beck
  • Roy Stephens
  • Shane Rimmer
  • Hal Galili


33 Responses to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

  1. mrbud88
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    I really like Dr. Strangelove, but I’m not really sure it deserves to sit in the pantheon of the all time greats (30 all time??). For one, I realize it’s a black comedy, so it’s not a "belly laugh" type of film, but it’s hard to even crack a smile during it. It’s really just not that funny. It came off as pretty dry to me and I’m a WWII and Cold War History buff so what the film was trying to achieve and the attempted humor from that was not lost on me.

    It’s not a clever satire either. It’s just straight forward absurdity with a pretty salient message.

    I don’t know, I didn’t think there was anything that great about Dr. Strangelove, but I realize this is all just opinion…

  2. nicolerobins30
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    ‘gentlemen you cant fight in here this is the war room!’

    so funny i almost wet myslef

  3. MrFist
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    I’ve seen this film many times but one scene baffles me. I’ve never seen it mentioned anywhere else so it probably means I’m an idiot for not seeing it.

    What did it mean at the end when Dr Strangelove suddenly started walking out from his wheelchair?

    Was he faking or was his (what I assume to be his) mechanical body become activated and rose just as the doomsday machine started exploded all over the world?

    Am I missing something else here because I just can’t figure it out.

    ALT.ERROR: SUBTITLE NOT FUNNY

  4. sidstemandilive
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    Now ive seen this movie 7-8 times, and i still dont get whats funny about it. and i have really tried to like it, i like/love most of Kubrick´s other movies.

    I get that it´s black comedy about the cold war, but aside from that i simply dont get this movie. The only time i laughed was when General Buck get a call from his girlfreind in the war room. and aside from that the people had funny names (bat Guano).

    And Peter sellers doesnt come off as funny to me either, actually i see him as an comedyactor in a more serious role/s than normal.

    And i also like this actor very much!

    maybe it´s just me (a tasteless movie retard), but i would like to hear what you others found funny. So maybe next time i watch it, ii could enjoy it some more!

  5. glennandre
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    The only genre listed is Thriller.

  6. gizmomogwai
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    What’s up with that disclaimer at the beginning saying the events in this movie couldn’t really happen? Did they have to have that disclaimer or was it just a joke? And what’s the point of making a cautionary tale if there’s really no danger of your story coming true?

  7. Nazia1987
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    spoilers!

    First off, I saw this on poor quality VHS, and I didn’t understand a lot of the dialogues (meaning I couldn’t make out the words they were saying)

    there are two lingering questions

    1) why did Dr. Strangelove suddenly stand at the very end?

    2) what was the deal with the guy trying to phone the president? Did that subplot ever have any closure? After they shot the coke machine, I never saw those characters again. And can somebody refresh my mind as to what he wanted to inform the president?

    3) how did they (the guys in the war room) not realize that the bomb had gone off? I’m talking about, there is a scene where the bomb is dropped. Then there is another 10 minute scene in the war room, the last one. And then they show shots of the bomb exploding once more. How did they not know it had happened?

    My name is Khan… and I am not a terrorist!!!

  8. mathiaswinfred
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    Hi.

    First of all: This is one of my all time favorite movies. I just don’t get, the extra title? Who is "saying" it, or how should it be understood?

    Mathias

  9. carlsez_1
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    Is 1.33:1 really the original aspect ratio? It feels like I’m watching a cropped version on the DVD. I am not aware of any major theater films released after the early 50s as being anything less than 1.66:1. Any explanations?

  10. ajkftball
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    He didn’t seem to be the main character at all. Also why did he start flipping out at the end? He was choking himself and stuff. It was funny, but that part didn’t make any sense.

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  11. benignspline
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    Maybe L’Age D’Or. But L’Age D’Or could be thought of as a great satire on this great level of filmmaking but is probably more easily classified as something else like surrealism. Life of Brian is a pretty great satire also. Does anyone think of satires on this level of greatness?

  12. Dragondenim
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    I fvcking hate comedies! I hate laughing!

    Everything is a joke.

  13. preecejon
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    ok, iv watched this movie a few times mainly cause it always pops up on top 10 films of all time lists. i find it funny, i laugh a lot but….

    why is it rated as such a good movie!?

    there are better comedy films from that era and since and as far as i can see theres no great twist or deep meaning, is there?! what am i missing?!

    the one bit i dont get is the end, what is the plan and why does it matter that he can walk!? is it so he can join them in the mine?!

    please help!

  14. eileentrub
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    Does this trailer give off the same feeling of dark, absurd comedy or not at all?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7FG0iFNmAI

    Please let me know, audience feedback is very important. Thank you.

  15. bmxrider1000
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    because im a half hour in and i havent even smirked

  16. madman_in_a_tank
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    ..there is no limit to their size." Geez. What a scary thought. Maybe that’s what’s down at Area 51.

  17. omoxus
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    Has some poingnant interviews. Who has it? Your opinion please?

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  18. chirag_eragon
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    hey.. this is for all the kubrick fans.. which movie do u like more?

    Strangelove or A clockwork orange? i know they are quite different and perhaps

    even incomparable.. but if you had to choose one which do you think is the

    better movie?

    IMO A clockwork orange is better.. plz share your views

  19. Anonymous
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  20. jmarkoff2
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    Trivia says:

    The only known public showing of the pie fight scene was at the 1999 screening of the film at London’s National Film Theatre, following Kubrick’s death.

    That’s fascinating! I thought Kubrick destroyed all deleted scenes. Will this ever be on DVD?

  21. nnicc-2
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    alexander haig died today

    if i had to connect jack ripper to a real person,i usually thought of curtis lemay

    but ol’ al haig could give it a shot

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  22. Plumsec
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    for our 11th grade history class.

    Not one single person laughed, or even chuckled.

    I think its sad, becuase it shows how dull our society is coming…

    they cant even realize a joke unless its shouted at you in some crazy voice

    whilst being tossed from a cliff.

    needless to say, I was the only one that enjoyed the subtle humour, while everyone else said it was not even remotely funny.

    I thought the whole Coca-Cola exchange was hilarious

    and of course, "Gentleman!, your can’t fight here this is the war room!"

    classic.

  23. umbra-8
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    And I thought it was hilarious.

    There are a few ‘I didn’t think this film was funny’ topics on here, and a fair amount of people responded with ‘Oh you must be too young, otherwise you would understand it’

    Well, I guess this goes to show that not everyone who is a teenager has no sense of humour, as I personally found it very funny.

  24. garrygamm
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    There is a classic argument that older people invariably use whenever they encounter someone who is young and does not like a film. This argument is that they are simply not mature enough to appreciate it. Dr. strangelove is a perfect example of this. Whenever someone comes on this board and says that they did not like the film, you (older people) argue that it is because of their age and say something along the lines of: "Go back to watching The Fast and the Furious younglings and leave this movie to us". In other words, if you’re young, you’re not allowed to legitimately dislike this movie. You might also tell us we didn’t like the film because we didn’t live through that era. Well… there is a little thing called empathy. For example, I sure as hell haven’t fought in a war, but I can empathize. You don’t have to have been in a war to appreciate a war movie, just as you don’t have to have been to war to think that a war movie was bad.

    Well I just wanted to set the record straight; not only do younger people really enjoy this film, we actually like it more than older people. If you look at the statistics of the ratings (which can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/ratings ), the distribution of the ratings is as follows:

    Aged under 18: 8.5

    Aged 18-29: 8.7

    Aged 30-44: 8.5

    Aged 45+: 8.4

    As you can clearly see, the ratings peaked at Aged 18-29 and gradually declines from there. Also, the average ratings for Aged under 18 is higher than for that of Aged 45+. So the next time someone says they did not like this film, I implore you to ask for their age, cause if they’re over 45, then they might just be a bit too "mature" for this film.

    P.S. I loved Dr Strangelove and hated The Fast and the Furious

  25. eradicatethedoubt
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    watched for the second time yesterday and didnt realise i dont understand this:

    when the film cuts to the nuclear explosions after Strangelove exclaims i can walk! i used to think that the doomsday device exploded right at that time and that was the end of the world? but am i right in thinking that: the device exploded when Kong rode the bomb and it hit the ground, then Strangelove said I can walk! then the film cut to shots of the explosions while at the same time the world continued on until the human race died out from the radioactive cloud or whatever it was a while later.

    BASICALLY, did the world end when the film cut to the explosions or was that jut what was happening in Russia as the machine was set off by the b52 bomb and causing the human race to die out quite soon after?

    sorry if this doesnt make sense

    stay until Wednesday and write me a childlike letter pretending

  26. Mark_AJ
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    What’s with all the Gum? even in their ration packs? They were constantly chewing, maybe in place of cigarettes?

  27. cjr3559
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    Some interesting information about the real deal:

    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb304/

  28. charlesadams1
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    Before they make a remake and instead of it being the Russians with the Doomsday Device it will be some Muslim country like Iran. Bound to happen.

    And people are just getting so fed up with the terrorists inconveniencing us so we can barely travel anymore. Something has to be done.

    Anyway, you could see it hitting a strong chord with audiences.

    Even the president character is just like Obama is today. Nerdy, ineffectual, overly "intellectual" bookworm type (although I realize Sellers based his guy on Adali Stevenson..but that was just the same kind of college professor sort as Obama)

  29. privateturgidson
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    German for Strangelove

  30. Czotie
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    Which they should not, i think Tim Roth Would be the perfect Strangelove!

    "Tickets Please…"

  31. eradicatethedoubt
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    at the end of the film, why does he sneak into a corner and press a timer or something on his watch? or thats what i believed him to do.

  32. evermorelz4
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    I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb a decade ago when this country put a true Doomsday Machine in the White House. A movie doesn’t make nuclear apocalypse funny, but an idiot riding the coat tails of his father’s political and oil drilling success sure as hell does.

    Look at me!! I can do anything with no permission!!! Start wars all over the globe, spend money I don’t have, bankrupt the nation, lie to the public, send people to prison I don’t like, ignore the poor and the sick, censor the newspapers and television channels, destroy the environment, ruin the hopes and dreams of billions of people..

    Well, if any of us survive the nuclear blasts that have been ushered in with all the enemies we now have, we can stuff pillows with our hair falling out and make nice bracelets and necklaces with our teeth falling out. It will be fun walking around with the air full of radiation poisoning and slowly going blind.

  33. ptitech
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    "Goldie – did you say Wing attack Plan R?"

    "Yes sir I have"

    "Are you sure you got today’s codes?"

    "Yes sir it is"

    Editing goof ? It reads better if you transpose the answers.

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