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

DVD - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dr. Strangelove, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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A satire in which the U.S. president and his military advisors struggle ineptly to avert a holocaust after a psychotic Air Force general launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union because he fears that the Russians are poisoning the water supply in the United States.

Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c2001
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 0767863720
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy DR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in

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Feb 01, 2015
  • plotline rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Laughing At Doomsday: A 50-Megaton Masterpiece

"Yes, the whole point of the Doomsday Machine is lost...if you keep it a secret! VY DIDN'T YOU TELL DER VORLD, EH?!"- Dr. Strangelove in DR. STRANGELOVE.

I'll tell "der vorld".

After the dewy circumspection of LOLITA, Kubrick had a creative brainstorm. Gone are the eternally long takes of the previous film, with its prosaic settings and conventional structure. Beating back the censors, Kubrick was emboldened. He let loose with a barrage of wit and stylization.

DR. STRANGELOVE is a template for radical filmmaking, dropped squarely into the film industry's bland mainstream. The director excoriates the denizens of the military-industrial complex, exposing them as a collection of disturbed lunatics whose pathological urges translate into nuclear destruction.

The production is geared to stun. The editing creates a rapid cascade of jolting imagery and dialogue, much of it hysterically funny, but overlayed with an ominous solemnity. Ken Adam's sets are overpowering works of detailed artistry (cheers for the vaulting ceiling of the War Room). With Kubrick attached firmly to his back, the stark monochrome of Gilbert Taylor's photography exudes a vise-like grip over the audience. The script's satirical punch is so effective it gave birth to a slew of jocular, oft-quoted one liners: "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here; this is the War Room!" And once more, Kubrick displayed his flair with actors. Nowhere in George C. Scott's film appearances will you see a more unfettered and successful effort. In what would prove to be the acme of his professional career, Peter Sellers comes across with three devastatingly funny portrayals, each one weighted with a touch of gravity to give them lasting impact.

Kubrick was fearless. Fifty years after STRANGELOVE'S release the film is still alive with the power of his audacious wit and intellect. STRANGELOVE is arguably the director's finest hour and a half.

Jan 27, 2015
  • trotter73 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

entertaining movie, probably more relevant when it was released during the height of the cold war between the USA and USSR.

Nov 20, 2014
  • 1_critic rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A thought provoking films that stands the test of time - best film 1964. Look for parallels in style and theme with Kubrick's other masterpiece, 2001 A Space Odyssey ie technology that goes awry.
Note the parallels in the lead up to the War in Iraq: the US's false belief that the perceived enemy has a Doomsday Device (Weapons of Mass Destruction); an out of control military that negates any intelligent counter-point to a preemptive attack based on fear; accusations that anyone who apposes military action is siding with the enemy - recall how any American - including the media - who apposed involvement in Iraq, regardless how compelling and logical their reasoning, was ridiculed and called "unpatriotic."
Peter Sellers, the quintessential character actor, brilliantly assumes the role of three different characters.

Nov 07, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just another masterpiece from Director Stanley Kubrick. He even helped write the screenplay, which is outstanding. Who would think that the subject of a nuclear attack could be made into a farce? Kubrick was a genius to select Peter Sellers to play 3 roles. He is the actual Dr. Strangelove, President Muffrey, and Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake. All of his characters are wildly funny. To me it is the best work Peter Seller did on film. Other standouts are Sterling Hayden as Brig. Gen. Jack J Ripper, and George C. Scott as Gen. Buck Turgison. I can't close without acknowledging a great character role for Slim Pickens who is Major King Kong. I think you tell be the characters names that this is a no holds bared black comedy. You won't be able to stop laughing. See it with a group of friends. That way it will turn into a Dr. Strangelove party!

Nov 01, 2014
  • lusifer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Only Movie Worth ReMaking And Act Of GOD Worth RePeating!
-L

Aug 14, 2014
  • hoacornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Director Stanley Kubrick does it again. After having filmed such films as "Paths of Glory" and "Spartacus" he comes back with an off beat movie comedy titled "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". Can you imagine what studio executives must have thought when he proposed all this for financing? He has a great cast led by Peter Sellers, playing as he did in Kubrick's "Lolita", multiple roles. He also took the great George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden to make up a group of generals. As in most Kubrick movies, he takes a part in the screen writing. He keeps you laughing and this is the only comedy he would ever film. This truly is a film that you have to see to believe it. If I wrote any more details, you would just think I was an overly impressed film fan.
"Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" I loved your message and I won't stop worrying about the bomb! (You taught me too well Mr. Kubrick);

Mar 29, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved some of the characters names in this: "President Merkin Muffley"; the nutjob "Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper" and his precious 'bodily fluids'; Slim Pickens as "Maj. T. J. 'King' Kong"; and my favorite -- "Col. 'Bat' Guano". The late, great Peter Sellers was one of a kind, a masterful comedic actor. He died young. Even stone-faced George C. Scott was funny! It was a tough time for this Cold War spoof's release: the first test screening was scheduled for November 22, 1963, the day that J.F.K. was assassinated. Anticipating the traumatic impact on grieving audiences, it was delayed until late January of '64.

Mar 20, 2013

A GREAT film!!

Jan 12, 2013
  • esk1033 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

insane and funny..so close to be true, it`s almost scarey.

Dec 17, 2012
  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This black comedic satire is slightly dated, but remains as sharp, funny, and scary as ever.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Uh, Jack, Jack, listen... tell me, tell me, Jack. When did you first... become... well, develop this theory? General Jack D. Ripper: Well, I, uh... I... I... first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love. Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm. General Jack D. Ripper: Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm. General Jack D. Ripper: I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women uh... women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I, uh... I do not avoid women, Mandrake. Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: No. General Jack D. Ripper: But I... I do deny them my essence.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream. Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Lord, Jack. General Jack D. Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began? Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: I... no, no. I don't, Jack. General Jack D. Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

General "Buck" Turgidson: "Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Major T. J. "King" Kong: "Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

General Jack D. Ripper: "Now why don't you just take it easy, Group Captain, and please make me a drink of grain alcohol and rainwater, and help yourself to whatever you'd like."

Mar 01, 2012
  • laustcawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the war room!"

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Feb 17, 2015
  • BeardedMovieGuy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterpiece of Cold War satire, with George C. Scott and Peter Sellers both being awesome and an ending that is totally non traditional and completely unexpected. Stanly Kubrick was a brilliant film maker, and he is in complete control of his craft with this incredibly cast, acted and filmed movie. Iconic in many of its moments, this is a huge awesome bomb dropping cowboy riding example of awesomeness. It is truly a one of a kind movie.

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