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

January 29, 2008


Stanley Kubrick

Peter George (novel)
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) …

Release Date:
29 January 1964 (USA)


Plot Outline:
An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. more

(Cast overview, first billed only)

Peter Sellers    …     Group Captain Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove

George C. Scott    …     Gen. ‘Buck’ Turgidson
Sterling Hayden    …     Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn    …     Col. ‘Bat’ Guano
Slim Pickens    …     Maj. T.J. ‘King’ Kong
Peter Bull    …     Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky

James Earl Jones    …     Lt. Lothar Zogg
Tracy Reed    …     Miss Scott
Jack Creley    …     Mr. Staines
Frank Berry    …     Lt. H.R. Dietrich
Robert O’Neil    …     Adm. Randolph

Glenn Beck    …     Lt. W.D. Kivel (as Glen Beck)
Roy Stephens    …     Frank
Shane Rimmer    …     Capt. G.A. ‘Ace’ Owens
Hal Galili    …     Burpelson AFB Defense Team member


This is a classic film that I’ve been wanting to see from many years of some reason I never got around to it.

And after seeing it I wish I’d seen it sooner.  Everything about this film smacks of class and Kubrick’s direction to the actors performances. This is tongue in cheek parody, with a sincere message delivered with panache. There are classic films out there that deservedly take the title of classic. And this one is no different, in fact I’d go as far as to say film is better than most of the other ageless Classics that are labeled so. I have no doubt this film won’t appeal to everyone because of the age and its black-and-white nature. What I would say though is if you are a fan of excellent film making, whatever age. It may be that this is definitely a film you have to see without doubt.