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Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold-war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr. Strangelove is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with "the purity of precious bodily fluids," mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so- called "Doomsday Device," and the world hangs in the balance while the U.S. president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart. Sellers also plays a British military attach¨¦ and the mad bomb-maker Dr. Strangelove; George C. Scott is outrageously frantic as General Buck Turgidson, whose presidential advice consists mainly of panic and statistics about "acceptable losses." With dialogue ("You can't fight here! This is the war room!") and images (Slim Pickens's character riding the bomb to oblivion) that have become a part of our cultural vocabulary, Kubrick's film regularly appears on critics' lists of the all-time best. --Jeff Shannon

Blu-ray release on the title's 45th Anniversary comes loaded with extras! Bonus material includes a new documentary (No Fighting In The War Room), a new featurette (Best Sellers or: Peter Sellers and Dr. Strangelove) and an interview with former Defense secretary Robert McNamara.

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  • Review of the reviews of Dr. Strangelove
    I wanted to have a look at what folks had to say about this film. It's over 40 years
    old, the Soviet Union no longer even exists. I wondered how people could find it relevant at all!
    Well, they do, and in great numbers. Many recall the cold war either
    through parents, or from actually being there. Most love the performances.
    Either because they really do enjoy them, or know they should. Yeah, they really are funny.
    Likely what made our parents laugh so was the nervousness. The film helped to dispel
    the fear everyone felt. I think those who found it crass perhaps had an agenda for that
    fear. Who knows? I find it interesting that people seem to celebrate the film. Those
    of us who really enjoyed Stanley Kubrick will always love to see his work that way.
    He was certainly a master of the craft....more info
  • Peter Sellers at his best!!
    I have been used to Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies but this 1964 movie is WONDERFUL! One movie..three different roles. Dr. Strangelove has stood the test of time since its release. If memory serves me correct this movie was originally to be released in late 1963 but was delayed due to the assassination of President Kennedy. George C.Scott did a superb job in his role. The scene in which the President (Peter Sellers) calling his Russian counterpart was hilarious. Worth watching again!!...more info
  • Sellers at his best!
    For years I have heard about this movie, and I finally bought it at a time when I had the opportunity to watch it. Wonderful!! Sellers is a comic genius, and the subtly of the laughs is the great thing in Dr. Strangelove....more info
  • CLASSIC KUBRICK
    In 1964 the first of the "bomb" movies came out. Kubrick further earned his place in the pantheon of film greats with his all-time classic "black comedy," "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Love the Bomb". Explaining how a movie that ends in the world obliterated by nuclear (actually hydrogen) holocaust is a comedy leads me to suggest watching it. Only then you will know. The iconoclastic Kubrick made an iconoclastic film starring the extraordinary Peter Sellers in three roles. He plays the President, a lily-livered liberal in the mold of Adlai Stevenson. He plays Mandrake, a British Royal Air Force officer, and he plays Dr. Strangelove, an ex-Nazi scientist based on Werner von Braun, although some of have suggested that they see in the madman Henry Kissinger. Kissinger was not well known when the script by Terry Southern (who later wrote "Easy Rider" but died destitute) was turned in.
    The premise is that an Air Force General, Jack Ripper (most of the characters are given descriptive names), played by the Communist bohemian and Sausalito weed smoker Sterling Hayden, goes mad. He is convinced that because water is fluoridated the Communists have conspired to deprive red-blooded Americans of their "essence," their "vital bodily fluids"...their semen. For this obviously stupid (believed only by right wing wackos) reason, Ripper overrides Air Force protocol and orders his nuclear attack wing to bomb Russia back to the stone age. Of course this is meant to show that the military is filled with lunatic fringe elements with their hands on the button. In an interesting bit of terminology, the words Soviet Union are never uttered, only Russia, presumably to "humanize" all those agrarian reformers. Thought I hadn't caught that, huh? Anyway, real-life pacifist George C. Scott, playing General Buck Turgidson, discovers Ripper's plan. He is another Curt LeMay take-off, bombastic and filled to the brim with sexual testosterone that seemingly can only be released by his bikini-clad girl Friday, or by bombing the Russkies to smithereens.
    A plan is hatched to inform the Communists how to shoot down the wing, in order to prevent nuclear holocaust. Turgidson thinks that is a terrible idea and that as long as the boys are on their way, they should drop their payload on the bastards. The Russian Ambassador, however, puts a crimp in those plans by informing the President that this would set off a Doomsday Machine, guaranteed to destroy all life on Earth. Turgidson laments the fact that there is a "gap" between the Soviet possession of such a device, which the Americans lack, no doubt due to liberal malfeasance. Forced by the Doomsday scenario to avoid holocaust, the Americans and Russians work together to shoot down all the U.S. planes, save one. Meanwhile, Ripper kills himself and his aide de camp, Mandrake/Sellers, discovers the recall code. But the last plane, piloted by good ol' boy Slim Pickens, is as Turgidson/Scott describes, wily enough to evade radar, while damage from a heat-seeking missile has rendered it unable to receive the recall. They make their run. Pickens makes his cowboy speech about going "toe to toe, nuclear combat with the Russkies" and emphasizes the crew, including a young James Earl Jones, is due commendations "regardless of race, color or creed." With Pickens personally releasing and riding his bomb into a Valhallic destiny, the deed is done, leaving the Doomsday shroud to envelop the Earth. All is not lost, however, because Dr. Strangelove/Sellers, messianically saluting the President as "mein Fuhrer," describes how mineshafts can be converted into underground government societies for the next 100 years. The boys all smile when Strangelove says that in order to further the human race through procreation, many more attractive women than men would have to be recruited to do "prodigious sexual work." Unfortunately, monogamy would have to be a thing of the past. The end.
    "Dr. Strangelove" may be one of the 10 greatest movie ever made, but its comic message was clear: The military is not to be trusted, nuclear weapons serve no good purpose, and the Soviets are likely to be victims of our aggression. Like a number of movies, however, its political message is stilted. Reagan said it was his favorite(...)...more info
  • The Dr. of entertainment
    You must have a good understanding of humor and satire to watch this movie. Kubrick is very delicate with the material and satire, not as discreet as American Psycho or as openly funny as American Beauty, but this movie has a dark bite to it that can keep you laughing on 4th, 5th, and 6th viewings. I am currently getting ready for sevenths. This film has 2 great reasons to admire Peter Sellers, a couple of great reasons to applaud the serious Slim Pickens and of course the marvelous George C Scott. This is a movie that only gets better with age and launched a new face for comedy. A must buy for a lover of film, comedy, and war....more info
  • A masterpiece!
    This is possibly one of the best of Kubrick's works. Darn funny. I love George C. Scott as the nutcase general who is really acting like a high school grad. Then Peter Sellers is there... what a great job. Dr. Strangelove is thus far my most favorite movie. ...more info
  • Classic Movie
    This collection is truly a classic movie from Kubrick. Of interest will be the special disc that has been added. ...more info
  • Peter Sellers heads up a great cast
    Peter Sellers heads up a great cast in a very funny movie. Worth having in your Peter Sellers collection!...more info
  • A true masterpiece
    This movie is a true masterpiece. I don't understand anyone that gives it less than 4 stars. I've watched this movie at least 6 times and I get something new out of it every single time. And, by the way, I usually hate watching any movie more than once. George C. Scott and Peter Sellers are dynamite, as is the rest of the cast. Definitely one of the 10 best movies of all time....more info
  • Sir Adam's Micro Review: Dr Strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
    Peter Sellers and crew are at their best in Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove. Though the subject is serious, it never lacks in laughs. Rewatch Factor 5 stars...more info
  • Watch This Movie and Sleep Better At Night
    This movie offers the best tongue and cheek commentary on the absurdities of war. I am sure this movie has been heavily "borrowed" from by Hollywood. The "Survival Kit Content Check" scene reminded me alot about the more recent "duct tape your windows" survival tactics. If you believe that the end of the world will come in a flash of light, this movie will validate you.

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  • One of the worst films I have ever seen.
    Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

    I've always found it somewhat amusing that when it comes to Stanley Kubrick's movies, I dovetail almost exactly with everyone else I know. If you ask Kubrick fans what their favorite Kubrick films are, you will get the almost universal answer of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove. I finally saw the former all the way through for the first time a couple of months ago, and it was just as bad as I figured it would be from the pieces I'd seen. Now, I've seen the latter, which I again assumed would be terrible based on what I'd seen of it; unlike 2001, though, in this case I'd actually underestimated how thoroughly horrible this movie is. (And, for the record, of the Kubrick movies I've seen-- I'm still missing a few-- my two favorites are, by far, The Killing and Lolita.)

    Critics back when it came out, of course, immediately compared it to Fail-Safe, the other 1964 film about the War Room. It was inevitable, really. The main difference between the two films is that Fail-Safe plays it straight and goes for tension, while Dr. Strangelove goes for satire. The biggest problem is that the satire just isn't funny. It's the same tired old antiwar message crap we've heard a million times before. There's no thought given to characters or plot at all; it all exists for the sole purpose of poking fun at anyone who's not a hard-line antiwar activist. (Reportedly, Peter George, upon whose novel the film is based, despised it-- probably for that reason.) There is no attempt at subtlety here, no attempt at artistry. There are many attempts at humor; all of them fail. Now, I grant you, they might actually be hilarious, but I couldn't tell; I was too busy reeling from getting hit in the head with the antiwar hammer over and over again.

    This is the big difference between the infinitely superior Fail-Safe and this pile of garbage; Fail-Safe actually hands the viewer a worthwhile story, characters for whom the viewer is capable of feeling sympathy/antipathy, plot development, the works. In other words, it's actually a movie rather than a collection of unfunny jokes around a theme. Dr. Strangelove is, in no uncertain terms, one of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure of sitting all the way through. It may not be the worst, but it's certainly in the top five. (zero)

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  • Better Each Time I See It
    I have to admit that when I first saw this, it didn't actually make me stop worrying and love the bomb. However, almost everything about it is just perfect- from the gun battle in front of the Air Force's "Peace is our profession" sign to the Russian ambassador taking secret photos in the warroom after the end of the world to Dr. Strangelove's miraculous cure (when my 15 year old daughter recovered from her stroke, I had her rise from her wheelchair and say, "Mein Fuhrer, I can valk!"). Highly recommended as one of the greatest, if grimmest, comedies ever....more info
  • Truth within humor is always a scary thing...
    In this day and age, during these times of political uncertainty, a black comedy such as `Dr. Strangelove' is a welcome distraction. It takes all of our fears about what our own society may come to and it throws it in our face with enough humor (scarily realistic humor) that we find ourselves laughing at what could possibly be our eventual future. Stanley Kubrick has been my favorite director for some time now, and `Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' is quite possibly his finest film (I still have a warm and fuzzy place in my heart for the anti-warm and fizzy movie known as `A Clockwork Orange')

    The film centers around panic in the white house when General Jack D. Ripper acts on his own accord to eradicate Communism by launching a squadron of B-52 bombers over the Soviet Union. When the Soviet reacts by threatening to use their Doomsday Device the President finds himself in the middle of heated debate on how to handle the current crisis.

    The film is littered with jabs at politics in general, with the country's fascination with war and the crazy ideas floating around the heads of the men in power. Taking a more subtle approach to the films humor, Kubrick's gem of a film fairs much greater than most other parodies like `Blazing Saddles' (I need to stop hating on that film) for it actually manages to make all of its jokes work. The film is genuinely hilarious, but it never sacrifices its intelligence for a quick laugh.

    Kubrick has a wonderful bedmate in Peter Sellers, who previously worked with Kubrick on the equally subtle yet effective comedy `Lolita'. Sellers takes on three separate roles in this film; the President, Captian Lionel Mandrake and the bomb maker Dr. Strangelove. He dominates this film by creating three completely different characters with different ideals and even accents, and he nails each one. He's aided by the hilarious George C. Scott (who makes those `war room' scenes unforgettable) and Sterling Haydem, who captures the realness of human insanity. These actors create such real, yet exaggerated characters that give the film such authenticity within its humor.

    The scary thing about `Dr. Strangelove' is that, in all honesty, it's probably not that far fetched. Today more so than ever the general public has a pretty good idea of just how manipulative and chaotic our world leaders really are, so when watching a supposed comedy like `Dr. Strangelove' it becomes more and more dramatic as we put the pieces together. I remember feeling the same way when watching the more recent `Wag the Dog', another political comedy. They always say that reality makes for the best comedy because real life is almost always unbelievable; and this film is a real case-in-point, for it is as funny as it is scary.

    In other words; it's funny cuz' it's true....more info
  • over rated
    I did not like this movie, neither did my friend or girlfriend. I seem to remember some hype about it as an old classic comedy, but it was not funny like it was supposed to be. Maybe if they did a remake of this movie that actually had punch lines to the jokes it may not be half bad. Some people may like this movie or understand it on a different level than me, but I dont understand....more info
  • EXCELLENT PARODY ON SUPERPOWER GOVERNMENTS
    This work is a wonderful parody on how the so called super powers of the world (past or present) poster themselves.

    It shows all that although the governments may try to be oh so serious, they end up looking like bumbling idiots falling all over each other with the ultimate destruction of all as a result.

    Riding the bomb rodeo style was a nice touch - GREAT WORK!...more info
  • A Kubrick masterpiece
    Peter Sellers plays three different roles in this dark comedy along with a great supporting cast. It is almost zany - mainly because the premise is dated now - but it is still a great movie....more info
  • One of the best comedy movies ever made
    What could I say about Dr. Strangelove that hasn't already been said? If you haven't seen it and love intelligent comedy, see it. If you saw it and liked it, see it again. You won't regret it....more info
  • Embrace the Horror!
    Does the end of the world scare you? Do you stay awake at night wondering when those madmen will finally really do it? Does the idea of a mushroom cloud strike terror in your heart?

    Then you my friend need to sit down and watch Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. This entertaining and educational(dare I say edutaining?) film shows you what would really happen if a United States Air Force Commander ignored the requirement for Presidential authorization and simply attacked the Soviet Union on his own initiative. All the safeguards that are put in place to prevent such an action come crashing down and conspire against those racing to prevent nuclear armageddon.

    See fighting in the war room! Learn about the big board! Find out the truth about fluoride! See the dedication of US military servicemen in the face of illogical orders and impossible odds! Discover the secret of Dr. Strangelove!

    If you don't see this film, you won't just have to answer to me and the United States Government, but also to the Coca-Cola Corporation....more info
  • It's kind of like Catch-22, except not funny
    There is nothing worse, when it comes to comedy, than blatant satire; YOU CAN'T FIGHT IN HERE, THIS IS THE WAR ROOM.

    Wow, hilarious, because it's a room where they talk about wars, where fighting goes on.

    Kubrick made a few masterpieces, and a few mediocre films, this is his one complete and total bomb....more info
  • Quintessential Black Comedy of the Cold War
    A very intelligent yet hilarious look at the insanity of war and those responsible for waging it in the nuclear age. Full of 4 Star performances by Peter Sellers (in multiple roles), Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott and Slim Pickens, the epitome of the commie-fighting cowboy

    The behind-the-scenes companion DVD is just as much of a treat as the film itself: the set designers made educated guesses as to the interior of a B-52 bomber, and turned out to be so accurate that the Air Force got concerned and Stanley Kubrick was worried that the FBI would come after him; Peter Sellers was originally set to play the Slim Pickens role in addition to the President, Group Captain Mandrake, and Dr. Strangelove -- but a dispute with Kubrick, Sellers own near-exhaustion from playing 3 other roles, plus an "accident" all conspired to allow Sellers to bow out as the B-52 commander, and in came Slim Pickens in perhaps the most memorable film role of his career. Pickens, as Major Kong, upon being told by his radio operator they've just received orders to bomb the Russians in reponse to an attack on the United States, responds: "Well I been to one World's Fair, a picnic and a rodeo, and that's the stoopidest thing I ever heard come over a pair of earphones!" Do not miss this classic!...more info
  • The Big Board and Doomsday
    Imagine a film where Colonel "King" Kong (Slim Pickens) tells his B-52 crew, "Well boys, this is it. Nuclear combat toe to toe with the Rooskies!" Sterling Hayden as Gen. Jack D. Ripper who -- fearing contaminating his bloody fluids -- launches a nuclear attack on Russia. George C. Scott as Gen. "Buck" Turgison: "I'm not saying we're not going to get our hair mussed. Ten million casualties, twenty million tops." Then there is Peter Sellers in several roles: an RAF Liasion officer, the President of the United States and Dr. Strangelove -- a former Nazi scientist, crippled with an arm that gives an involuntary "Seig Heil" nazi salute. A brilliant dark satire from Stanley Kubrick (coming in the wake of being fired from the Brando western ONE-EYED JACKS and directing the Kirk Douglas epic SPARTACUS). From this film onward all of Kubricks successive movies (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, BARRY LYNDON, FULL METAL JACKET & EYES WIDE SHUT) would all be distinct provoking. Look for the first screen appearence of James Earl Jones as a crewmember on Col. Kong's B-52. ...more info
  • Hilarious and Historical
    Historical dark comedy about Cold-War-Era America and the Age of the Atom. Fantastic film... a must own. ...more info
  • Black Comedy At its Finest! Still Funny Even Today!
    There's no denying Peter Sellers' genius as he exhibits this very well in three main character parts that he plays here: the President, Mandrake, and Dr. Strangelove himself. These are three very different and unique roles and the fact that he pulls all three off very well speaks volumes of his comedic genius. I've seen "Some Like It Hot" placed higher than this film on lists of best comedies of all time but I disagree because as much as "Tootsie" and that film must have been hilarious at the time of release, many of the jokes do not age well up to this day with the exception of this film which is still very funny today. George C. Scott is also very good in this comedic role and this role is possibly one of the reasons someone thought of giving the role of Patton to him for what would later become his best ever screen performance in the movie "Patton".

    The dvd could have been better restored picture quality-wise and more sound options such as Dolby 5.1 surround would have been appreciated rather than just the Mono here but otherwise, this version with a good documentary among the bonus features is still value for money.

    A good comedy that ages well although it would be interesting to see what they do to improve upon this version for the Blu-ray one. Hopefully, better picture and sound quality options and more bonus features are among them....more info
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
    _Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb_ (1964) is a darkly comic and disturbing film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film is regarded by many as one of the greatest classics of all time and satirizes the ludicrousness of such notions as Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) and the horrors of nuclear war. The film was made during the height of Cold War hysteria and shows the sheer lunacy and idiocy of the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union in their attempts to build ever greater weapons of mass destruction. The film also shows the lunacy of scientists and generals who operate behind the scenes and plan to unleash these weapons upon an unwitting populace. The film is meant to be a black comedy and thus features many absurd components which serve only to re-inforce in the mind of the viewer the horrible matters being presented in such a light-hearted manner.

    The movie begins with the lunacy of General Jack D. Ripper, who believes in a communist conspiracy to destroy the "bodily fluids" of the American people through fluoridated water. Ripper decides to strike the Soviet Union with a nuclear attack and manages to do so without the authorization of the president by making use of a special emergency plan known as "Plan R". The film then focuses on the men flying the plane which is set on unleashing this weapon upon the Russians, showing the conflicts that develop between them. The film also features Peter Sellers playing Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, who serves as an important executive under General Ripper and tries to dissuade him from the attack. The film then focuses on a special meeting of the president and his generals in the "War Room". (One particularly humorous and memorable line from the movie occurs when the president makes the comment to one of his generals and the Russian ambassador that there is to be "no fighting in the War Room".) The president notifies the Russians of the attack in an effort to thwart the attack and thus prevent a full scale and destructive nuclear war through the Russian ambassador. Unfortunately, as it turns out, the Soviets have devised a "doomsday device" which upon the destruction of their own missiles will completely obliterate all life on earth. Thus, the president must attempt to call back the U.S. aircraft which plan on unleashing this destruction before it is too late. The film also features Peter Sellers as the Nazi mad scientist Dr. Strangelove who periodically alternates between giving the Nazi salute and addressing the president as "Mein Furher" and "Mein President". Dr. Strangelove explains to the president how the doomsday device is to work and also offers up the possibility of an escape by a few selected people who will live under the earth in mines. It should be pointed out that Dr. Strangelove is believed to be an amalgamation of the ex-Nazi scientist Werner von Braun and Edward Teller, the inventor of the hydrogen bomb. The film ends in a very disturbing manner as this terror is unleashed upon the world.

    This film remains an essential classic and is ranked by many as among the greatest of all times. The message of the film is quite disturbing in that it shows how mass lunacy may break out and a nuclear war result. Through the actions of madmen within the United States military and government, a nuclear war is made inevitable. For those who lived under constant threat of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, such a possibility was a distinct reality. Thus, while the film attempts to make light of this issue, underlying this humor is an all-too-disturbing reality. This film is to be highly recommended to all thoughtful people who struggle with the notion that individuals in power continue to wield weapons of mass destruction and that they may be unleashed upon nations at any time. While the Cold War is supposedly over, such weapons still exist and their reality remains all-too-apparent.

    Highly recommended!
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  • An interesting film...
    This comedy is about the dangers of our nuclear age. Doctor Strangelove is a spoof about the insanity produced by those who concentrate in seeking power, for power corrupts and absolute power has a tendency to corrupt absolutely.

    General Jack D. Ripper, played by Sterling Hayden, is after purity of bodily fluids and wants to rid the world of Communism, therefore he orders a squadron of bombers to penetrate Russian soil and eliminate key places to destroy this enemy of the free world.

    The President of the United States, played by Peter Sellers, who by the way, plays several roles during this film, from the war room, gets involved in negotiations for peace, and the give and take is simply... hilarious. Simply love when he says: "you can't fight in the war room, that behavior is unacceptable in the war room." Peter Sellers is also the British soldier who attempts to prevent the bombing of Russia, and the bomb-maker, the... Strange-love Doctor.

    We realize that the movie must have been seen as a daring move during its release, but today, we have gone beyond the fear of making the bomb, to the realization that at anytime... we are in danger of taking weapons to the point of self-destruction.

    An interesting film....more info
  • funny story but bad timing

    The first time that I saw this film, I thought it was the funniest.
    but now, in this current time frame, it was sad, knowing that a war was
    going on and our men were being killed for no good reason....more info
  • Mostly Perfect Trade
    Dr. Strangelove is a kick to watch if the style suits you. Littered with black humor and satire dated to the early cold war days, this movie will provide as much comedy as it will history.

    Do not expect the flashy humor in todays comedies but a more subtle poke at the dark aspects of society and humanity.

    The only problem I had with any aspect of the purchase was a small crack in the clear protective plastic which protects the cover.

    A good buy for movie know-it-alls and aficionados. ...more info
  • One miniature bible and Russian phrase book!
    Awesome movie full of classic one liners. Great acting performances and a young James Earl Jones! Slim Pickens is hilarious! Highly recommended...more info
  • what can you say!
    I can only add my kudos to this cult timepiece. Title could have been "It's a mad, mad world"! Peter Sellers and George C Scott give masterful performances. No wonder that this film has a cult following all over the globe!...more info
  • Dr. YES
    What can I say that hasn't been said already? This is a comedy about a grim subject but WHAT a comedy. The characters are literally to die for. Obviously Peter Sellers in his many roles is terrific but it's tough--even for Sellers--to top his truly odd character, Dr. Strangelove. Strangelove's previous work for the Nazis has left him with a strange schizophrenia in which is right hand, quite literally, doesn't know what his left hand is doing. It's constantly flying up in an attempted Nazi salute and, by the end of the film, like the B-rated horror flick "The Hand", tries to strangle the confused Dr. Strangelove.

    Slim Pickens is equally great as the hilarious cowboy B-52 pilot who, overcoming all odds, Russian and U.S., flies his bomber in low, fast and deadly to deliver a nuclear bomb fated to--indirectly, at least--destroy the world.

    Then there's Sterling Hayden with his obsession with the purity of his bodily fluids, women and Communists. Sterling has figured things out, though, and 'punishes' women by depriving them of his bodily fluids. He also lauches the nuclear strike doomed to--yep--set off the Russian "Doomsday Machine" that will utterly demolish the earth and all life upon it. Great fun.

    Ron Braithwaite author of novels--'Skull Rack' and 'Hummingbird God'--on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico...more info
  • Dr. Strangelove
    The most inspired piece of Cold War satire ever and one of the screen's supreme black comedies, Kubrick's 1964 "Strangelove" confronted jittery audiences in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and not long after the advent of the H bomb. With Kubrick's twisted genius as director and screenwriter in full bloom, and peerless performances by Peter Sellers (in three roles), Scott, and the unhinged Hayden, the film is unbearably funny and extremely disturbing all at once....more info