|Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Peter Sellers Was A Genius
I didn't get around to seeing this movie till I was almost thirty. I figured it would be another stupid overrated "classic" but instead I found out it's exactly the brilliant piece it's hailed to be. Peter Sellers is amazing here with his trio of performances, filling the screen with his virtuoso presence and embodying three characters who could not be any less similar. This is one of the funniest, scariest, most insane projects ever committed to film....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
- Classic Movie
This collection is truly a classic movie from Kubrick. Of interest will be the special disc that has been added. ...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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Classical Wild Ride
I'm not sure how Kubrick could have made such a strange movie without somehow demonstrating his own strangeness. Oh, right......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
- 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
- New Edition Garbage
Thank you to the people out there specifically rating the edition. The "new" features really do suck. Let the movie companies know you're sick of this re-issue, new edition garbage, and everyone out there keep on giving bad reviews to these crappy "new" editions. Let the weasely bean counters in accounting know that their greedy grab for a profit margin will ultimately turn consumers off from buying their products period. It's certainly given me pause when it comes to buying a new DVD. ...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
- 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)
- Peter Sellers, man.
"Dr. Strangelove: OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" is one/third of the films that are considered Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces (the other two are 2001: A Space Odyssey & A Clockwork Orange). It's a satire, released in 1964 that still works and is watched by many people today. Whenever you look at a list of great movies, it's on there. It holds a place on The American Film Institute's Top 100 (#26),
The American Film Institute's Top 100 Comedies (#3), is featured in Roger Ebert's "The Great Movies," and is just, overall, acknowledged as a fine piece of cinema. The movie opens with General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) launching an unauthorized nuclear attack against Russia. The general is clearly mad and believes that the Russians are polluting everyone's valuable bodily fluids. The only person who can stop Ripper is Captain Mandrake (Peter Sellers), a British guy who listens to Ripper's ranting in disbelief. Meanwhile, at The Pentagon, the President of the United States; President Muffley (Peter Sellers, again) assembles a meeting in the War Room where he is told hesitantly by General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) that the bombers can not be recalled, no one can reach Ripper, etc. In one of the most hilarious characters I've ever seen portrayed on screen, we meet Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers, yet again) a strategist aiding the people in the War Room. Strangelove's right hand, covered in a black glove, has a mind of its own...It frequently throws up Nazi salutes and tries to kill Strangelove. Also happening in the story is one of the planes heading to Russia to drop the bomb. The ruler of the cockpit is Major "King" Kong (Slim Pickens), a character that was supposed to be played by Sellers but reportedly couldn't because Sellers had recently suffered a broken angle. The scene where Kong rides a nuclear bomb as if he was riding a bull is one of the scenes in the movie that you're not likely to forget. Now, this is a funny and important film; But it's not my favorite Kubrick film, nor is it the most entertaining Kubrick film. But due to it's significance and the performances (by Sellers, Hayden, and especially Scott) it definitely deserves the term "masterpiece."
OVERALL GRADE: A-
- 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
- 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
- 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 Timeless Masterpiece Of Dark Comedy!
"Dr. Strangelove" is one of the greatest dark-comedy anti-war films ever produced. I remember when I was assigned to SAC [Strategic Air Command] for nearly two years, that our motto "Peace Is Our Profession" seemed a bit odd. As did others in my unit. Both at the time, and looking back many years later; while I protected Nuclear Weapons Convoys from the air in a helicopter as a machine gunner, I thought how horrible the world would have been had these weapons ever been unleashed. Thankfully the Officers and NCO's I served with did not have the same mentality that the film depicts with these characters. This film is without a doubt one of the greatest dark-comedies ever made. I don't know how many times I have seen this film, yet I always find it hilarious. And a bit scary too!
Peter Sellers and George C. Scott are just terrific. Stanley Kubrick made a film that will be seen for generations to come. The social satire of the film must have been something when it was released in the early 1960s. The character I found most hilarious in the film was that of the late actor George C. Scott. His portrayal as the militaristic General, who seems not to have too much of a problem with the B-52 launching directed towards Soviet Russia, must have come straight out of a chapter from former General Curtis Lemay. Now that was one dangerous general. Also, Sterling Hayden's portrayal as the rogue general who sets off these chain of events gave a stellar performance. I know most people remember the role of Slim Pickens riding off as a cowboy on his missile, but for me the most memorable scenes dealt with George C. Scott. He was just outstanding in his role.
And Peter Sellers' multiple roles were just great. I thought that his portrayal of the president was hilarious, and he reminded me a lot of former Senator Adlai Stevenson. At least I got that impression from his acting performance while he is trying to divert a Nuclear holocaust while he is in the war room. Since I was around these weapons many times, and knowing that these weapons are still around, with their awesome destructive power they can unleash at anytime, still makes one think about these weapons: Especially at the height of the Cold War. Audiences must have had a huge laugh with this one. My mother tells me that when my father took her to the theatre to view the film; people were either hysterical with laughter, or left the theatre upset. Wish I could have seen it. I don't know anyone who either does not like this film, or does not have this in either DVD or VHS. This is one DVD that belongs in your collection. For those who are younger, and have never viewed this great dark-comedy, rent it some night when you're not doing anything, and you'll get a great laugh out of it. Highly recommended. [Stars: 5+]...more info
- Funny Because... it's true...
Dr. Strangelove, like most black comedy, finds its humor in the fact that there is really very little humor to be found in the situation it presents.
Mankind, in trying to secure peace (through Mutally Assured Destruction-type nuclear deterrence), manages to completely bungle every step, accidentally dropping a hydrogen bomb and causing the triggering of a Doomsday Device which will force us to live in caves for a hundred years.
What's funny about that? Nothing. And, of course, everything.
The funny thing about it is that it's so true--humanity really is that inept and bumbling; we really could "oops" our way into a nuclear winter--and we're left with the options of laugh about it or give up in despair. Movies like Dr. Strangelove allow us to see the ridiculousness that we continually create and "find the funny" rather than anguish.
Specifically, we're shown the hyper-paranoid mentality of the Cold War, with all of its suffocating rules and fail-safes (with the eventual result that no one is able to call back the planes sent to bomb Russia, because no one has the proper authorization). Hilariously, though, we're shown that the paranoia has a *basis*, as the Russian Ambassador snaps spy-photos of "the Big Board" when the Doomsday Device has already been triggered and surely such espionage has lost all meaning. We're shown how our well-meaning public officials (represented by the President) are at the mercy of testosterone-fueled, cereberally-challenged Generals and insane scientists culled from Hitler's government (with the Nazi inside always threatening to come out).
Dr. Strangelove, amidst the backdrop of the Cold War and nuclear arms race, shows how humanity, in everything it does or tries to do, always manages to muck things up in the most hideously, and appropriately, ironic of ways. ("Peace Is Our Profession" read the signs of the Air Force Base, as the gunfire rings out and the bombers fly towards their targets.) Dr. Strangelove tells us to accept all of this, smile, and "stop worrying."
Beyond the general purpose of black comedy, and Dr. Strangelove's particular topic, this is a wonderful film. Brilliantly acted, brilliantly directed. Peter Sellers is, as you think he might be, a stand-out, wonderful in all three of his roles (and the first two times I watched this movie, I couldn't even tell that all three were the same man), and so is George C. Scott and the rest of the supporting cast.
This is my favorite of Kubrick's collection and my favorite black comedy.
As one final note for this five-star comedy, I wonder if Dr. Strangelove will, over time, lose its appeal to the newer generations. They will not have grown up during the Cold War, and they will have missed out on that era's particular fear of and obsession with The Bomb. Perhaps, if Dr. Strangelove loses its relevance and appeal to succeeding generations, that will be a good thing and signal progress? We can only hope for the best....more info
- A Satirical Look at a Dangerous Time in History
The background realism in this movie perfectly balances many wonderfully comedic and absurd happenings in the foreground. Peter Seller's comedic genius really shines through. The documentaries included in this set are all very good. I particullarly liked the one about Kubrick. The conversation with Robert Macnamara was very enlightening....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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A classic
I absolutely loved this movie. It is a dark satire on the Cold War/nuclear war paranoia the United States had and the whole "red scare". If you understand that this is a political satire, then you will find this movie hilarious. It is a classic. You can see it referenced or alluded to in many popular movies and books today. Many presidents even saw the movie and have used it as an odd reference point. This is a great addition to anyone's DVD collection but history buffs would especially love it. ...more info